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UF signs research agreement with Brazil

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida officials have inked an agreement formalizing involvement with Brazil’s new “Science without Borders” initiative, which will send 100,000 Brazilian students in STEM fields to study abroad in the next four years.

Under the agreement, UF will accept 20 of those undergraduates per year, as well as doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers, to do their academic work at UF.

The agreement also promotes faculty exchanges, collaborative research projects, and workshops and seminars between UF and Brazilian researchers.

Philip Williams, director of UF’s Center for Latin American Studies, and David Sammons, dean of UF’s International Center, represented the university at an April 9 ceremony in Washington, D.C., to sign the cooperative agreement.

“UF is a natural destination for Brazil’s top STEM students,” said Emilio Bruna, director of UF’s Florida-Brazil Institute. “We have had decades of productive research and education exchanges with Brazil, as well as internationally recognized programs in many of the disciplines that are priority areas for the Science without Borders program. This agreement builds on our historic partnerships to expand the opportunities to work with Brazil available to the UF community.”

The research partnership will be administered by UF’s Florida-Brazil Institute, which was created by the Florida Legislature to help strengthen the state’s foreign relations and to promote business, educational, cultural and scientific exchange between Florida and its largest international trading partner.

The Institute is part of the UF Center for Latin American Studies, whose mission is to advance knowledge about Latin America and the Caribbean. With more than 170 faculty from across UF, the center is one of the largest institutions for interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach on Latin America, Caribbean and Latino Studies.

Sources: Emilio Bruna, 352-846-0634, embruna@ufl.edu

Philip Williams, 352-273-4702, pjw@latam.ufl.edu