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Canada-Brazil University Partnerships and Scholarships

1 MAY 2012
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 São Paulo by Stephen Toope, president of The University of British Columbia and chair of the board of AUCC, are part of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s university presidents’ mission to Brazil, April 25 to May 2.

(AUCC, by the way,  is the national voice of Canada’s universities, representing 95 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities.) These partnerships are being signed with Brazilian partners during visits to Rio de Janeiro, São 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,” Professor Toope said in a press release. “These ambitious investments in research, innovation and higher education will lead us to become more prosperous economies and more globally successful nations,” he said.

The announcements in São Paulo include an additional $10.25 million investment in undergraduate internships and graduate fellowships through Mitacs. Canada’s Mitacs connects 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  (co-funded by numerous other sources, including the Brazilian government’s 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.

“These university initiatives signal a turning point in our bilateral relationship and tremendous opportunities for students and faculty in the years ahead,” said Heather Munroe-Blum, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University and member of AUCC’s board of directors. “Ultimately these are investments in people – students, researchers, innovators and, more broadly, the people of Canada and Brazil.”

With Brazil being such a fast-growing economy, this makes for some interesting opportunities for students in both countries.

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