Canada-Brazil University Partnerships and Scholarships
Topic : Education News
Universities in Canada and Brazil are announcing 75 new partnerships and scholarship programs worth $6,736,800 in university and government funding. These announcements, made in SÃ£o PauloÂ by Stephen Toope, president of The University of British Columbia and chair of the board of AUCC,Â are part of theÂ Association of Universities and Colleges of Canadaâs university presidentsâ mission to Brazil, April 25 to May 2.
(AUCC, by the way, Â is the national voice of Canadaâs universities, representing 95 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities.)Â These partnerships are being signed with Brazilian partners during visits to Rio de Janeiro, SÃ£o Paulo, Campinas and Brasilia.
“The connections between our universities and those in Brazil are sparking discovery and innovation that will yield tremendous benefits for both countries,â Professor Toope said in a press release. âThese ambitious investments in research, innovation and higher education will lead us to become more prosperous economies and more globally successful nations,â he said.
The announcements in SÃ£o Paulo include an additional $10.25 million investment in undergraduate internships and graduate fellowships through Mitacs. Canadaâs Mitacs connectsÂ university-based researchers with Canadian companies through collaborative research projects. It also provides research internships to international undergraduate students.
For their part, Mitacs announced $6.75 million Â (co-funded by numerous other sources, including the Brazilian governmentâs new Science without Borders program, and the Government of Canada, among others) to bring 450 Brazilian undergraduate students to Canada from 2012 to 2014. This would be through its Globalink program.
âThese university initiatives signal a turning point in our bilateral relationship and tremendous opportunities for students and faculty in the years ahead,â said Heather Munroe-Blum, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University and member of AUCCâs board of directors. âUltimately these are investments in people â students, researchers, innovators and, more broadly, the people of Canada and Brazil.â
With Brazil being such a fast-growing economy, this makes for some interesting opportunities for students in both countries.
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