WASHINGTON, DC, April 9, 2012—Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education spoke at "Brazil-U.S.: Partnership for the 21st Century," a day-long conference hosted by The Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC. The program focuses on relations between Brazil and the United States in a number of strategic areas including trade and investment, energy, and higher education. Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, attended the event.
Dr. Goodman spoke on a panel that highlights the Brazil-U.S. partnerships in higher education and the new Science Without Borders Program, a scholarship program for Brazilian students focusing on the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to study at the world's best universities. H.E. Amaro Lins, Under Secretary for Higher Education of the Ministry of Education of the Federative Republic of Brazil, moderated the discussion, and the panel also featured: Ambassador Peter DeShazo, President of Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas; João Luiz Martins, President of the National Association of Directors of Federal Institutions of Higher Education; and Meldon Hollis, Associate Director of the White House Initiative for Historic Black Colleges and Universities.
IIE has been working closely with CAPES, the Brazilian federal agency Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, and with CNPq, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, an organization within the Ministry of Science and Technology, to place the Science Without Borders undergraduate students at U.S. universities. Approximately 650 Brazilian undergraduate students arrived in the United States beginning this January, to study at U.S. campuses with funding from Science Without Borders. IIE has helped to place these students at more than a hundred U.S. colleges and universities across the United States, where they will study for two semesters. We expect the number of host campuses to double in the coming year, when an additional 1,500 students arrive for programs beginning in Summer or Fall 2012.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the Government of Brazil to implement this important program,” said Dr. Goodman. "At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation.”
Related materials issued during the visit of President Dilma Rousseff to the United States, April 9-10:
- Video and transcript of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks at the US-Brazil Partnership Conference, highlighting the importance of educational exchange
- White House Joint Statement on talks between President Obama and President Rousseff, with education as one of the pillars of the partnership discussions
- White House Fact Sheet on Educational Exchanges for the 21st Century: 100,000 Strong In The Americas and Science Without Borders
- State Department Fact Sheet on The United States and Brazil: An Education Partnership for the 21st Century
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