TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto and University Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP) of Brazil signed a general Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today aimed at fostering greater co-operation between the two post-secondary institutions. In addition, the two universities have signed a Student Exchange Agreement.
The general MOU, signed at a ceremony in São Paulo, facilitates the development of joint activities that foster and promote research collaborations between the two universities including joint publications, joint courses, and the co-hosting of symposia and conferences.
University of Toronto President David Naylor expressed strong support for the MOU and the Exchange Agreement.
“I am very pleased that the University of Toronto and the University Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho have taken the first step in building a strong academic relationship,” said University of Toronto President David Naylor. “These agreements will provide exciting opportunities both for student exchanges and for collaboration on new research initiatives.”
UNESP’s President Julio Cezar Durigan said the interaction of UNESP with University of Toronto follows the worldwide trend of strong dialogue among the most important universities of the world.
“Nowadays, UNESP is, more than ever, looking for new boundaries to cross and challenges to face, by signing new agreements with top quality institutions throughout the world”, said Durigan.
Presidents Naylor and Durigan signed the general MOU for their respective Universities. It is effective for five years.
About the University of Toronto
The University of Toronto 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 U.S. 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. 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 partner hospitals.
About the University Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho, UNESP
UNESP is one of the largest and most important Brazilian universities, with distinguished achievements in teaching, research and extension services. UNESP is supported by State funds and along with USP (Universidade de São Paulo) and Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) offers free public higher education in Sao Paulo State.
UNESP is the most successful model of a multicampus university in Brazil. Such unique characteristic allows intense and diversified activities in Sao Paulo, the most developed State in the country. Its influence can be recognized by the level of regional development where its campuses are located: one in the State capital and 22 others strategically distributed throughout the State.
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