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Fernanda Cardozo in Higher School of Economics

First Brazilian Exchange Program Participant to Learn about Russian Universities

August 26, 2015

On 24 August, the first Brazilian participant in the short-term exchange program between Russian and Brazilian universities began her work in Moscow. Fernanda Cardozo, representing the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), intends to familiarize herself with the best practices of Higher School of Economics and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.

At her home university in Brazil, Cardozo oversees student trips from UFRGS to partner universities within the framework of student mobility programs. She also coordinates the “Science without borders” program in UFRGS.

Fernanda would like to analyze the experience of Russian universities and understand the differences in the processes related to international learning and exchange programs. She noted that Brazil is planning to develop cooperation with Russia in the sphere of education. “Brazil wants to establish partnership ties with Russia in double-degree programs. At the moment, Brazilian universities have such programs only with Germany, France and few with Italy. Most of these programs are in the field of engineering and computer science. We would like to find partners for new double degree programs in other fields of study – for example, in human and social studies”, Cardozo told.

In addition, Cardozo said that she really likes Russia: “This is not my first visit. In 2012, I was here on vacation, and I spent time in Moscow and St. Petersburg. I am fascinated by Russian culture and, in fact, I have been studying the Russian language for two and a half years. I’m very happy that during this trip I will have classes of Russian language. I wish I could stay here for a year studying Russian.”

The Russian-Brazilian exchange program – an initiative of Project Office 5-100 – was inaugurated in June 2015. The Russian side is represented by Project 5-100 universities, the Brazilian – by the university-members of the Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI). The program is intended for administrators and managers from the best universities of the two countries. In July, the first Russian participant, Svetlana Barannikova from TSU, visited the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte.