TORONTO, ON – Faculty and students at the University of Toronto (U of T) and the University of São Paulo (USP) will benefit from more research collaborations and student exchanges as a result of agreements signed by U of T President David Naylor and USP President João Grandino Rodas.
“These agreements are an opportunity to establish strong ties with USP, one of the best post-secondary institutions in the world,” says President Naylor. “This partnership also gives us an opportunity to promote the excellent academic and cultural opportunities the University of Toronto has to offer.”
“Our University has been concentrating all of our efforts to make academic activities more international. USP’s international vocation stems from its foundation. These agreements no doubt represent an important step forward, especially with such an important higher education institution as the University of Toronto,” says USP President João Grandino Rodas.
The two presidents signed three distinct agreements during a visit to USP by President Naylor. The first is a general memorandum of understanding (MOU) that commits the two universities to collaborating on research projects, applications for research funding from relevant agencies, faculty exchanges, and the co-hosting of lectures, meetings, seminars, symposia and conferences.
The second MOU is a student exchange agreement, while the third allows for mutual academic collaboration and research in the areas of neuroscience, oncology, global cities, international relations, and includes the exchange of faculty/researchers and graduate students. Each year, up to four projects will be selected through a joint call for proposals issued jointly by the institutions. The aim is to have joint-conferences in these areas, starting with neuroscience in 2012 at USP and oncology in 2013 at UofT.
About the University of Toronto
The University of Toronto, Canada’s leading research intensive university, has assembled one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in breadth and depth on any other Canadian campus.
U of T faculty co-author more research articles than their colleagues at any university in the US or Canada other than Harvard. As a measure of impact, U of T consistently ranks alongside the top five U.S. universities whose discoveries are most often cited by other researchers around the world. The U of T faculty are also widely recognized for their teaching strengths and commitment to graduate supervision. Established in 1827, the University of Toronto today operates in downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough, as well as in nine renowned academic hospitals.
About the University of São Paulo
Created in 1934, the University of São Paulo is one of the most important institutions of higher learning in Brazil. Its undergraduate program consists of 240 courses, dedicated to all fields of knowledge, distributed in 42 units of learning and research and offered to more than 57 thousand students. The graduate program is composed of 239 programs (with 308 Masters degree courses and 299 Ph.D courses). In order to carry out its activities, USP counts on various campi, distributed in the cities of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Piracicaba, São Carlos, Pirassununga, Baurú and Lorena, besides units of learning, museums and research centers located outside these spaces and in different municipalities.
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