UrFU to Develop Cooperation with Two Leading Brazilian UniversitiesSeptember 2, 2015
As part of Project 5-100’s short-term exchange program, Maria Guzikova (Deputy Provost for International Affairs at Ural Federal University (UrFU)) visited two Brazilian universities - UNESP in Sao Paolo and UFMG in Belo Horizonte – where she discussed the potential for cooperation between UrFU and its Brazilian counterparts.
At the meeting in UNESP the parties discussed a proposal to organize a joint seminar for comparative research in BRICS countries. Moreover, it was suggested that an invitation be extended to UrFU researchers and graduate students working in the field of materials science to participate in a workshop with UNESP. The universities also weighed the possibility of setting up joint graduate study programs (cotutelle) and student exchange programs. The Brazilians noted the importance of teaching the Russian language at UNESP and, conversely, Portuguese at UrFU; the idea was put forth that an exchange program could be established for 3rd and 4th year students who would be able to teach these languages as interns. Guzikova took the initiative and invited UNESP students to take part in UrFU’s summer school for foreign students “Russian Studies in Real Russia: Talents for Talents”.
The administration of UFMG university agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with Ural Federal University. A part of this document will contain the agreement to organize joint summer schools for comparative research in Russia and Brazil and to organize workshops in materials science in UrFU and UFMG. In addition, a provision on student exchange programs will possibly be inserted in the agreement.
The Russo-Brazilian exchange program was initiated by Project Office 5-100 and started 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 designed for administrative and managerial staff of the leading universities of the two countries. The first Russian participant – Svetlana Barannikova from TSU – visited the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte in July. The first Brazilian participant – Fernanda Cardozo came to work in HSE and St. Petersburg Polytechnic at the end of August. After Maria Guzikova’s trip to Brazil, UrFU is expecting a return visit by Veronica Haag (employee of the international department of UFMG) who will also visit HSE and St. Petersburg Polytechnic prior to going to UrFU.