1.5.3. In focus: Brazil

Date:  Wednesday 7 October
Time: 4:10PM - 5:25PM
Location: R2/3

Session Type: Panel

Facilitator: Dr Anna Ciccarelli, Member, Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) (Australia)

In focus: Brazil (1079)

With some 200 million people, Brazil’s population equates to almost 3% of the world’s total. Over the past few decades Brazil has become a global political and economic power as one of the BRIC economies and is predicted to become the fourth-largest economy in the world by 2050. The Brazilian Government has invested heavily in developing and internationalising its human resources and expertise through generous funding schemes, particularly in the sciences, with the view to driving economic and social development. The ambitious ‘Science without Borders’ (SWB), a joint initiative of the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology, commenced in 2011 with the goal of sending more than 100,000 Brazilian students abroad to study. Australia has welcomed more than 5000 Brazilians onto its campuses into English language, study abroad and internship programs with the hope that any future scholarship tranches are targeted to research students. Arguably, SWB has already been a platform for broader engagement between our two countries. The number of agreements between Australian and Brazilian research foundations is rising rapidly and these agreements are aimed at implementing scientific and technological cooperation between researchers in the two countries in all areas of knowledge. Is there really a future for Australia-Brazil education, research and training cooperation beyond SWB? What are the opportunities and how can they be realised?

Key interest area (KIA): BD
Sector(s): ELT,HE,VET

Dr Anna Ciccarelli, Member, Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR), Australia
Prof. Alvaro Crósta, Vice Rector, University of Campinas, Brazil
Prof. Susan Elliott, Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Mr Niclas Jönsson, Counsellor (Education and Science) Latin America, Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Brazil
Mr Vitor Alevato do Amaral, Vice-President, FAUBAI - Brazilian Association for International Education, Brazil