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ACCC hosts the 2nd Brazil-Canada Forum on Technical and Professional Education

Ottawa, 11 November 2011 – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) Diane Ablonczy, His Excellency Piragibe dos Santos Tarragó, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada, and 38 representatives of the Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Network grouping of the Federal Institutes of Technological Education of Brazil (CONIF) will participate in the 2nd Brazil-Canada Forum on Technical and Professional Education from November 14 to 18 in Montreal. For over 10 years, Canadian colleges and institutes have collaborated closely with these two Brazilian organizations on projects co-funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation (ABC) and as part of projects implemented by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

“In Canada, international students contribute $6.5 billion to the national economy, creating over 83,000 jobs, resulting in over $291 million in fiscal revenue. The discussions during the 2nd Brazil-Canada Forum on Technological and Professional Education will result in significant benefits for Canadian communities and offer an excellent opportunity to enhance the partnerships between the two countries”, stated Mr. James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC.

Over 100 participants at this year’s forum will discuss student and teacher mobility and applied research initiatives, innovative technologies, growth and economic competitiveness.

The Forum is the 2nd major event bringing together the leaders of these educational organizations. During the 1st Brazil-Canada Forum held in Rio de Janeiro in 2010, 45 Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) were signed between Canadian colleges and Brazilian federal institutes.

The MOU’s solidified the relationships and trust developed over more than a decade between Brazilian institutes and Canadian colleges in the field of technical and professional education. On July 26, 2011, the President of Brazil launched the “Science without Borders” scholarship program, offering up to 75,000 scholarships for Brazilians to study abroad, presenting an opportunity to further strengthen the linkages between the two countries. The Brazilian Government has indicated that it views Canada as a key study abroad destination for the scholarship recipients.

The Forum will take place at the Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel, the Institut de Technologie Agroalimentaire Saint-Hyacinthe campus, Cégep Marie-Victorin, Collège Édouard-Montpetit and Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. The agenda is available on the ACCC website at www.accc.ca/events.

For more information, contact:

Marie-Josée Fortin
Director, International Partnerships Program
ACCC
Tel: 613-746-2222 ext 3137
(C): 613-697-4963