OTTAWA, April 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's university presidents are
preparing for an unprecedented higher education mission to Brazil,
April 25-May 2. About thirty university presidents will visit Rio de
Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Campinas and Brasilia to promote Canada as a
partner of choice for research, innovation and higher education. The
presidents will meet with their Brazilian counterparts and announce new
research partnerships and scholarship agreements.
"This is the largest international mission of university presidents in
Canadian history, which speaks to the importance of building
connections with this emerging economic powerhouse," said Stephen
Toope, chair of AUCC and president of The University of British
Columbia. "Our focus is on establishing and strengthening partnerships
in research and innovation. We will also enhance opportunities for
student mobility between our countries, providing experiences that will
better prepare students in both countries for the new knowledge-driven
"This mission will build on existing Canada-Brazil relationships and
catalyse new ones," said Paul Davidson, president of AUCC. "These
partnerships will address the research interests of both countries and
foster long-term prosperity."
In the next five years, Brazil is expected to become the fifth largest
economy in the world. The university sectors in both countries have
long recognized each other's strengths and are keen to forge closer
The Brazil mission is being led by Canada's Governor General, His
Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. AUCC is the national
voice of Canada's universities, representing 95 Canadian public and
private not-for-profit universities.
Note to Editors: Additional information related to the AUCC presidents'
mission to Brazil can be found at www.aucc.ca/brazil.
SOURCE ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES OF CANADA
For further information:
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