Missouri State University entered into exchange and collaboration agreements with two Brazilian universities to promote the exchange of students, faculty and research and facilitate other partnerships between Missouri and Brazil, according to a press release from Gov. Jay Nixon’s office.
Under the agreements, MSU will bring students to Missouri from a leading public university, the State University of Maringa, and the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, a prominent private institution.
In turn, Missouri students will have more opportunities to study in Brazil. Faculty and researchers will collaborate on projects, as well.
“These agreements will help ensure that more Missouri students are prepared to compete in the global economy of the 21st Century,” Nixon said. “Brazil is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, and strengthening the ties between these institutions will help open doors for Missouri students in this emerging market and bring talented Brazilian students to our state. I commend Missouri State University for leading the way in building these bridges, and my administration will work with other Missouri colleges and universities to help promote these mutually beneficial exchanges.”
On Tuesday, Nixon also met with senior leaders of the Federation of Brazilian Industries in São Paulo, an influential business group. The Brazilian business leaders were especially interested in the Missouri State partnerships and expressed a desire to look for additional opportunities to collaborate on higher education and specialized worker training, the release stated.
“The jobs of the future will require workers who can compete globally,” Nixon said.
Brazil recently launched a new national initiative, Science Without Borders, which aims to send 100,000 Brazilian students to study science and technology at colleges and universities in other countries, with more than 50,000 of those students to study in the United States.