Brazil mission creates framework for acceleration of university collaboration

Presidents wrap up successful visit

Brasilia, Brazil, May 2, 2012 – Canada’s universities set the stage for the acceleration of bilateral collaboration with partners in Brazil during the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s presidents’ mission from April 25 to May 2. Canadian universities and their Brazilian counterparts announced 75 new partnerships with Brazilian institutions, scholarships and student mobility programs worth $6,736,800 (CAD) during visits to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Campinas and Brasilia.

An additional $10.25 million investment in undergraduate internships and graduate fellowships was also made during the mission through Mitacs. Canada’s Mitacs connects university-based researchers, including graduate students and faculty members, with Canadian companies through collaborative research projects and provides research internships to top international undergraduate students.

The mission wraps up today with meetings with government officials and industry leaders in the capital, Brasilia, along with additional university and research facility visits.

“I’m immensely proud of the progress that has been made in strengthening our partnerships in research, innovation and higher education with Brazilian institutions,” said David Barnard, president of the University of Manitoba and member of AUCC’s board of directors. “We’ve taken important steps with our Brazilian university partners in opening our doors to a two-way flow of students and faculty between our countries for collaboration in key areas of study and research. Our relationships with Brazil have grown this past week; we gained greater awareness of each of our strengths and worked together on strategies for further enhancing our connections in the future.”

“Both countries are committed to building prosperity through investments in research and higher education,” said Paul Davidson, AUCC president. “In the new university partnerships and scholarship programs announced this week and those just starting to take shape, we see that commitment transformed into action. The real success of this Brazil mission will be seen on our campuses and those of our Brazilian partner institutions in the coming months and years as our bilateral collaboration expands.”

“Soon we will see more of Canada’s and Brazil’s top scientists working together to address global challenges, we will see more Brazilian students studying in Canada and Canadian students studying in Brazil, and we will see the people of Canada and Brazil increasingly as the beneficiaries of great research that drives innovation and leads us to growth and prosperity.”

AUCC is the national voice of Canada’s universities, representing 95 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities.

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Note to editors: A full list of today’s announcements is included in the backgrounder.

Media Contacts:

In Brazil:
Helen Murphy
Communications Manager
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
hmurphy@aucc.ca
613-563-1236 ext. 238
Cell. +1-613-608-8749

Atendimento à Imprensa no Brasil
MAPA Comunicação Integrada – São Paulo
Karoline Pereira – Atendimento
karoline@mapacomunicacao.com.br
Débora Kojo – Coordenadora de Núcleo
55 (11) 6182.4881 / 5096.3137 / 2501.8374
www.mapacomunicacao.com.br

In Ottawa:
Mélanie Béchard
Communications Officer
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
mbechard@aucc.ca
613-563-1236 ext. 306