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April 25, 2013

Canada’s universities visiting Brazil to enhance research partnerships

The profile of Canadian education is rapidly gaining prominence in Brazil

A delegation of Canadian universities is travelling to Brazil this week to promote higher education in Canada and strengthen existing research collaborations between the two countries.

Fourteen universities from across Canada are participating in the delegation led by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). During the week-long visit to Natal, Recife and São Paulo, delegates will meet with institutions and granting councils, and participate in a key conference of Brazilian university leaders.

Research collaboration in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics –and applied research based on university-industry partnerships relevant to industry in Canada and in Brazil are of particular interest to the delegation.

Canadian universities continue to build successful partnerships with Brazilian universities through the Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF) (Science without Borders) program which provides one-year international scholarships to Brazilian students. CBIE administers a key component of CsF in Canada on behalf of the Brazilian federal granting councils. Since September 2012, CBIE has placed more than 2,000 Brazilian students in Canadian universities. The upcoming visit seeks to augment this success through the promotion of the variety of in-Canada research opportunities available to Brazilian undergraduate and graduate students.

“Canada provides the perfect mix of high-quality education and cutting-edge research that enables us to attract talented researchers from around the world,” said Karen McBride, CBIE’s President and CEO. “We look forward to facilitating linkages between university research hubs in Brazil and our member institutions, and increasing the application of research in science and technology through deepened education-industry cooperation in both countries.”

“Strengthening partnerships with Brazil is a priority for Canada’s universities,” said Paul Davidson, President of AUCC. “This delegation builds on the success of last year’s mission to Brazil where close to 30 of Canada’s university presidents saw first-hand the tremendous opportunity to build strategic collaboration in research, innovation and higher education with Brazil.”

The itinerary includes a session profiling Canadian universities at the conference of the Brazilian Association of International Relations Offices in Higher Education (FAUBAI); meetings in Recife with the research council of the State of Pernambuco (FACEPE) and in São Paulo with the research council of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP); a visit to Campinas State University (UNICAMP) and São Paulo State University (UNESP); and meetings with private sector representatives.

CBIE is Canada’s national organization dedicated to making Canada a global leader in international education by mobilizing expertise, knowledge, opportunity and leadership. CBIE’s pan-Canadian membership comprises 150 colleges, institutes, universities, school boards and language schools which enrol over 1.2 million students from coast to coast. See www.cbie-bcei.ca.

AUCC is the national voice of Canada’s universities and advocates for higher education and university research with the federal government on behalf of its 97 member institutions.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Humphries CBIE Vice-President, Membership, Public Policy and Communications (613) 237-4820 ext. 246; (613) 882-0296 jhumphries@cbie.ca

Helen Murphy AUCC Assistant Director, Communications (613) 563-1236 ext. 238 hmurphy@aucc.ca

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