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ACCC Strengthens Post-Secondary Education Ties with Brazil

Ottawa, November 25, 2011 ACCC and the Secretariat of Professional and Technological Education of the Ministry of Education of Brazil (SETEC) have signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The MOU includes provisions for joint partnerships in applied research and for seeking innovative solutions that can be applied in the educational, industrial and commercial sectors of Brazil and Canada. The two Fora have resulted in 50 MOUs between Canadian and Brazilian institutions.


The signing followed the 2nd Brazil-Canada Forum on Technical and Professional Education in Montreal. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), Diane Ablonczy, and His Excellency Piragibe dos Santos Tarragó, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada, participated.

Minister Ablonczy stated, “Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is very pleased that the ACCC is engaging with Brazil in the context of this new and exciting awards program. The association’s experience and expertise in the region will be of tremendous assistance in facilitating the implementation of these scholarships.

A team from Rio Tinto Alcan participated in the Forum and expressed interest in accepting student interns.

“The provisions of the MOU benefit Canadian and Brazilian institutions, faculty and students alike. The partnership will see 1,500 Brazilian students studying in Canadaover three years, contributing to and benefitting from the academic, cultural and international aspects of member colleges, institutions and polytechnics”, stated James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC.

“The Forum was an opportunity for us to re-commit to and strengthen the longstanding cooperative relationship ACCC members have enjoyed with the Brazilian Ministry of Education, with the National Council of Federal Institutes of Technology and with Brazilian students and educators”.

ACCC represents 150 publicly-funded colleges, institutions and polytechnics with campuses in 1,000 communities. Colleges provide the advanced skills that are key to local, national and international economic recovery.

For more information contact:

Rosemary Lafrenière, Manager, Communications and Information Services
Tel: 613-746-2222, ext. 3123