Washington & Jefferson College Chosen for Partnership Program with Brazil

WASHINGTON, PA (Nov. 6, 2012)— The Institute of International Education (IIE) has selected Washington & Jefferson (W&J) as one of just 14 U.S. colleges and universities to participate in the 2013 Brazil initiative of IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP).            

W&J will participate in a year-long series of training activities to help implement and sustain partnerships with academic institutions in Brazil, culminating with a study tour to Brazil in spring 2013 to meet with potential partner campuses.

Currently, there are three students from Brazil studying at W&J as part of the Brazilian government’s Science Without Borders program. Antonio Edvan Camelo Filho, who is pursuing a degree in internal medicine at Universidade Estadual do Ceara, is taking neuroscience courses at W&J.

“It’s a unique opportunity for me to get in touch with the brand new technologies and concepts from the neuroscience field,” Camelo Filho said. “Besides medical interests, it’s a way to meet new people and different cultures, broadening my horizons.”

“We are pleased to have been selected for this important initiative and look forward to forming the important partnerships that will increase access to global education for students in the U.S. and in Brazil,” said W&J President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., who has encouraged the growth of the College’s global movement, increasing the number of study abroad programs from four to 40 and establishing programs for international students at W&J.

IIE's President and CEO Allan E. Goodman said, "At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation.”

These partnership programs offer timely resources for campuses in both countries to explore areas of academic cooperation, including exchanging students and scholars and collaborating on research projects and degree programs. Earlier this year, the White House and the State Department issued statements on the importance of educational cooperation between the U.S. and Brazil during Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to the United States, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Brazil to explore further ways to expand U.S.-Brazil bilateral cooperation in regional and global issues, as part of an ongoing dialogue at a ministerial level on economic, educational and diplomatic issues.

Other participating U.S. campuses are Arizona State University, Ball State University, California State University – Long Beach, Central College, Fort Hays State University, Indian Hills Community College, Morgan State University, Parsons The New School for Design, Savannah State University, SUNY Plattsburgh, The University of Tulsa, Webster University, and Western Michigan University. 

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From left, students from Brazil studying at W&J: Igor Rodrigues Ramos, Edvan Camelo Filho and Mayara Lorena de Souza