Leading Russian and Brazilian Universities Strengthen PartnershipApril 28, 2015
On 27 April, the city of Cuiaba (Brazil) hosted the annual conference of the Brazilian Association of International Education (FAUBAI). At this conference, representatives of Project Office 5-100 organized a session to promote cooperation between Project 5-100 universities and the leading universities of Brazil. The meeting was chaired by Nicolas Maillard, Head of the International Section of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS, Brazil).
Deputy Executive Director of Project Office 5-100 Elena Chernyshkova revealed a plan by which Russian (Project 5-100) and Brazilian “flagship” universities might interact very productively, and other blueprints for cooperation between the universities of the two countries were introduced by representatives of Project 5-100 universities – Daria Kozlova, Director of the Institute of International Development and Partnership of ITMO University, St. Petersburg, and Artyom Rykun, Provost for International Affairs of Tomsk State University. Speaking of the format for enhanced cooperation, Kozlova emphasized that the focus must be on short-term exchange programs, while Rykun presented a compelling example of one particular Russo-Brazilian academic project.
Yulia Selyukova, Head of University Marketing and Development, Project Office 5-100, and Larissa Taradina, Head of International Programs of University Leadership spoke about a single communications strategy for the promotion of Project 5-100 universities. They also advocated an exchange of internships between the administrative personnel of the universities. The presentation made by Taradina aroused considerable interest on the Brazilian side – many people expressed willingness to participate in this program.
Fabio Alvis, Provost for International Affairs of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), presented his vision for the next steps in the development of Russo-Brazilian academic contacts. The first were made last year during the conference of the European Association of International Education (EAIE) in Prague. Later, by invitation of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, a delegation of Brazilian universities visited Russia. Mr. Alvis noted that the bilateral partnership in the sphere of higher education is developing rapidly: “The first meeting in Prague was only in September; In December – a visit to Russia by Brazilian universities, and already now, in April – a visit of the Russian delegation to Brazil. Only 6 months – and already such progress”.
The session concluded with a lively discussion between the Russian delegation and representatives of the Municipal University Unochapecó, Federal Center for Technical Education of Minas Gerais (CEFET-MG), Federal University of Parana (UFPR) and other Brazilian universities. The meeting demonstrated that Russians and Brazilians are highly interested in a long-term partnership involving the leading universities of both countries. As can clearly be determined by these positive events, the development of cooperation with BRICS countries is one of the top internationally directed priorities of Russian universities.