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Canada-Brazil College Partnerships Expand Across Brazil

August 11, 2011 —A successful Canada-Brazil partnership will be expanded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education today as a national program aimed at increasing skills for employment of women in Brazil.

The Mulheres Mil project, empowering marginalized women, is one of many examples of collaboration between Canadian colleges and Brazil’s federal institutes of science and technology. The project, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), was so successful that the pilot, originally tried out on 80 campuses, is now being expanded to more than 450 campuses across Brazil. The new program will be announced in Brasilia today.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper highlighted Canada’s collaborations in higher education during his visit to Brazil this week.

“Canada’s colleges and institutes have been involved in partnerships with Brazilian institutes of technical and vocational training since 2000,” said ACCC President and CEO James Knight. “Our methods of developing curriculum that is relevant for local employers and reaching out to marginalized learners have been embraced by the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Colleges are widely recognized as providers of advanced skills that are essential for economic development in Canada and Brazil.”

A meeting between 32 Canadian colleges and 45 Brazilian federal institutes in Rio de Janeiro last October resulted in 46 memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for future collaboration. ACCC participated in the first Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE) in Calgary in October 2010 and will be part of the Canadian delegation attending the second conference in April 2012 in Brazil to be led by Governor General David Johnston.

ACCC commends the Government of Canada for supporting applied research at colleges and institutes through renewed funding for the International Science and Technology Partnership Program. This program encourages businesses and colleges to work together on applied research that can be easily commercialized. Brazilian institutes participated in a global seminar on applied research hosted by ACCC in Victoria in March 2011.

The new Canada-Brazil scholarship program will boost international education initiatives at Canadian colleges. Four of the eleven scholarships, under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) announced by the prime minister in Brazil were awarded to Brazilian students attending Canadian colleges.

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For more information:

Paul Brennan
Vice-President International Partnerships
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Tel.: (613) 746-2222, ext. 3132