Ambassador showed interest in encouraging academic mobility and offering scholarships
Australian Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil, John Richardson, paid PUCRS a visit last week, in the company of Nicolas Jönsson, Educational Advisor, and Cristina Elsner, Educational Manager, in representation of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The delegation was welcomed by Prof. Dr. Heloisa Delgado at the Office of International and Institutional Affairs and expressed its interest in encouraging the university’s academic mobility program and offering graduate students of PUCBR Network scholarships under the new program Australia-Americas PhD Research Internship.
The Australian visitors also went to the Science and Technology Park (Tecnopuc), as they were welcomed by the Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies , Prof. Dr. Carla Bonan, and by the Projects and Negotiation Coordinator, Prof. Dr. Clarice Lamb. The Embassy was interested in learning about the foundations of the relationships between companies and startups as well as the funding systems and laboratories in order to encourage and instruct Australian universities and research centers to set up partnerships in 2018.
PUCBR Network has just launched the program Australia-Americas PhD Research Internship, especially conceived for its students. Ten doctoral scholarships in the areas of exact sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, physics, medical and health sciences as well as education for internships of up to eight weeks in Australian higher education and research institutions will be offered. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic merit and the scientific merit of proposal.
Doctoral students from the first to third years in the abovementioned areas in any of the PUCBR Network universities are eligible to apply. The program will be offered from Jul – Aug 2018.
The goal is to straighten the ties of academic scientific cooperation between Brazil and Australia by encouraging the mobility of researchers and the development of collaborative research. This is a unique opportunity for researchers to establish international partnerships for scientific research, as well as for the construction of international networks with Australian institutions. The program is coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Training of Australia and by the Australian Board for International Education, and funded by the project Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation.
In 2017, joint actions between the seven Pontifical Catholic Universities of Brazil, in the states of Goiás, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo gave birth to the PUCBR Network. It is intended to strengthen the internationalization actions through the mobility of students and faculty, as well as cooperation agreements.