Nottingham and Birmingham expand ties with Brazil in latest visit

07 Oct 2013 14:24:44.927


As part of a landmark strategic partnership, teams from the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham are visiting Brazil to further develop their institutions’ significant engagement with the country.

Since opening a joint representative office in Brazil in 2011, both universities have committed to investing £4m over three years to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with leading Brazilian institutions and agencies. These include long-term research collaborations; researcher, staff and student mobility; doctoral training; education initiatives; and business engagement and knowledge transfer.

In the course of the visit, the universities will collectively launch a second joint funding call with the São Paulo State Research Council, FAPESP, to support research projects between Brazil and the UK, and the third year of their Brazil Visiting Fellows programme. This scheme provides an opportunity for early-career researchers to spend time at the UK institutions working with leading academics.

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As a world-leading centre for drug discovery, development and diagnosis, The University of Nottingham is working with Fiocruz, the most prominent science and technology health institution in Latin America, to improve access to cutting-edge technologies in the field and training in screening.

An international authority in neglected diseases, Fiocruz's research is complemented by Nottingham's expertise in oncology, infection and immunity, respiratory, inflammation and neurodegenerative disease. With a Memorandum of Understanding already in place, the partners are looking to extend their relationship to create bilateral study and research opportunities at undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral level, and develop their joint research portfolio. 

Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: "Nottingham, Birmingham and Brazilian higher education institutes are pioneering new ways to work together to harness the strengths and research expertise to fulfil our collective responsibility to support the development of our societies and most of all, to find ways to improve lives at the level of the individual.

"These collaborations are vital to how we look after the health of our citizens and how we commit to ensuring quality of life for this generation and generations to come."

University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor David Eastwood said: "We are developing a portfolio of very significant and mutually beneficial partnerships in Brazil across academia, research, government and industry. From corpus linguistics and cancer studies to bio-materials and sports policy, our interests are rich and wide-ranging corresponding to the country’s priorities and ambition.

"Clearly, this visit will build on the combined substantial engagement of both Universities through strengthening existing relationships and establishing additional collaborative links and initiatives."

The Nottingham/Birmingham partnership unites two leading, research-intensive UK universities with extensive global reach, a combined annual turnover of over £1bn, a 70,000-strong student body and an annual research income in excess of £300m.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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Teams from the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham are meeting with key counterparts in São Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, including research-intensive institutions, funding councils, UK agencies and government.

They will participate in a series of high-profile policy forums and events to launch and further develop numerous initiatives with Brazilian partners including a presidential roundtable dedicated to the internationalisation of universities hosted by FAPESP in São Paulo and a UK-Brazil Higher Education policy discussion in Brasilia with Alex Ellis, British Ambassador to Brazil, and leading education organisations.

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