Visitors were introduced to research on biodegradable polymers
Professor Pedro Guerrero Manso and Professor Koro de la Caba, from the University of the Basque Country (Spain), paid PUCRS a visit on Jan 22. Once the visitors toured around the Campus, the Main Library and the Science and Technology Park (Tecnopuc), they went to the School of Sciences‘ Organometallic Compounds and Resins Laboratory and to the Environmental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, as they attended a presentation of projects on biodegradable polymers. The presentation was coordinated by PUCRS professors Nara Basso and Marçal Pires.
The visit served to discuss possible agreements, academic mobility and joint projects. Besides, the institution’s new teaching model, epitomized by the movement PUCRS 360°, was introduced to visitors.
Up until now, there are no ongoing projects between PUCRS and the University of the Basque Country. Because of that, the administrative coordinator of the Office for International and Institutional Affairs (AAII), Sandra Becker, suggested the implementation of a general agreement between the two institutions and the Spanish professors showed interest in establishing future partnerships. The visit was made possible after an invitation made by Basso. She adds that the School of Sciences is open for the Spanish university.
Today, PUCRS has agreements with 23 institutions from Spain. Most of them are keen to provide the exchange of professors, students and researchers. For the first semester of 2018, the University will be opening its doors to five students from Spain, who will be studying at the School of Communication, Arts and Design, School of Humanities and Business School, whereas seven Brazilians will be going to Spain.