University agreements signed with Brazil
Roberta Lara, BQSP; Richard Poulin, Assistant Vice President and Nicole Lacasse, Assistant Vice President, International Studies and Activities, Université Laval; Clemente Ivo Juliano, President; and Alvaro Amarante, Director of International Relations, PUC-Paraná
From April 25 to 28, Rio de Janeiro hosted the second edition of the Conference of the Americas on International Education, CAIE-Brazil 2012. About twenty representatives from Québec universities attended the conference. Some succeeded in building new alliances.
Université Laval signed a framework agreement on research and mobility with PUC-Paraná University as did the Université du Québec à
Trois-Rivières with Estadual de Maringá University. Both agreements are the result of research collaboration that received funding during the call for Paraná-Québec projects spearheaded by the Ministère des Relations internationales.
In parallel to the conference, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada organized a mission composed of about thirty Canadian university presidents, including the heads of McGill University and the École de technologie supérieure du Québec. A group of international relations representatives from Québec universities also took part. The mission afforded all participants the opportunity to promote their institutions and meet their Brazilian counterparts to increase partnerships in research and higher education.
The importance of internationalization
The conference brought together 600 representatives from 35 countries around the world. A focal point of discussions was the importance of internationalization as a key component of quality teaching in higher education in the 21st century.
The Québec Government Office in São Paulo (BQSP) took an active part in the event by supporting the Québec universities that participated and facilitating contacts with Brazil’s institutions of higher learning.
Conference of the Americas on International Education - CAIE-Brazil 2012