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Forging Partnerships with the Strongest Economy in the Americas, Brazil

Ottawa, October 8, 2010 — Fifty-five representatives from 33 colleges and institutes from across Canada are participating this week in a mission to collaborate with counterparts in the fastest growing economy in the Americas.

ACCC signed an MOU with the Conselho Nacional das Instituiçoes da Rede Federal de Educaçäo (CONIF), the national council of the 42 Brazilian institutions of professional education, science and technology, to initiate collaboration. “Through its colleges and institutes, Canada is a leader in applied education and advanced skills. Brazilian institutions seek to strengthen ties with us as strategic partners,” says James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC.

Under this umbrella agreement, additional MOUs were negotiated between individual Brazilian and Canadian institutions with common programs.

The agreement will enhance the collaboration between the two organizations in the area of technical and professional education, promote student and faculty exchanges, and develop joint initiatives, for example, in applied research. Brazil’s interest arose in part from the CIDA-funded “One Thousand Women Project” conducted by ACCC to equip poor women for employment opportunities.

“This is an opportunity for Canada to build on past ventures and solidify new partnerships. The key sectors of Brazil’s economy are similar to Canada’s: oil and gas, hydroelectricity, automobiles, aerospace, agriculture, banking, information technology and aerospace. We have much in common and much to learn,” Knight concluded.

The Canadian delegation is attending a working session with the CEOs of the Brazilian institutions. This is the second time this year that the two groups have collaborated. Twenty Brazilian representatives attended the ACCC Annual Conference held in Niagara Falls in early June.

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For more information:

Debby Duford
Communications Officer
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Tel.: (613) 746-5656

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