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Canadian Colleges and Institutes Strengthen Applied Research and Innovation Collaboration with Brazil

Brasilia, BRAZIL, June 20, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and Brazil’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) have agreed to develop and strengthen their collaboration in technological cooperation, including in applied research.

ACCC President and CEO, Denise Amyot, and CNPq President, Glaucius Oliva, signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing the importance of supporting applied scientific and technological cooperation between Brazil and Canada.

“This agreement highlights the expertise of Canadian institutions and allows the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development to send young Brazilian researchers and professionals to Canada to learn from our experiences,” said Ms. Amyot.

The Association and CNPq will work to develop projects or activities that support a capacity building program for Brazilian students or professionals in ACCC member Institutions; exchanges of researchers to promote or consult on applied research; and capacity building and training within applied R&D for joint projects. The agreement also promotes development of technological seminars, workshops and symposia; as well as information exchanges of joint applied R&D policies and strategies.

This agreement comes as ACCC leads a delegation of 20 Canadian Institutes of Technology to participate in a promotional campaign visiting 20 communities across Brazil to recruit 1,000 students for the Science Without Borders Scholarship. It also builds on progress stemming from the Brazil-Canada Innovation, Science and Technology Forum, opened by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), in Toronto this past February.

“Our government is pleased that the ACCC is fostering greater scientific and technological innovation through deeper cooperation with partners in Brazil,” said Minister of State Goodyear.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges and institutes, serving 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds through campuses in 1,000 urban, rural and remote communities.

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For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
Twitter: @ACCC_Comms