TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto and the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) of Brazil signed a general Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today aimed at fostering greater co-operation between the two post-secondary institutions.
The general MOU, signed at a ceremony in Campinas in the State of São Paulo, facilitates the development of joint activities that foster and promote collaboration between the two universities including student and staff exchange, joint publications, joint courses, and the co-hosting of symposia and conferences.
Judith Wolfson, University of Toronto’s Vice-President of University Relations, expressed strong support for the MOU.
“I am delighted that the University of Toronto and the University of Campinas have signed these agreements,” said Wolfson. “Together we will explore ways to collaborate and promote research initiatives and academic opportunities.”
Commenting on the agreement, University of Campinas’ President Fernando Ferreira Costa stated that Unicamp has been working towards collaboration with Canadian Institutions as part of its internationalization strategy and that the signing of a MOU with the University of Toronto illustrates well this effort. “I am sure that this is only the beginning of a fruitful and long-lived partnership.”
Vice-President Wolfson and President Fernando Ferreira Costa signed the general MOU on behalf of their respective Universities. It is effective for five years.
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 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.
The University of Campinas (UNICAMP) is a public institution established in 1966 in Campinas by the State of São Paulo. Unicamp’s main goal is to become an academic centre of excellence for undergraduate and graduate education to stimulate economic and social development, as well as being a research and innovation reference in Brazil. The University integrates 22 Schools and Institutes, and is responsible for 3 hospitals. Of its 1750 professors, 98% have PhDs and 90% work full time for the University. Almost 8,000 staff members attend a student body of more than 30,000. In 2010, UNICAMP was ranked 1st place in the National Assessment of undergraduate programs (ENADE) by the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Students pay no tuition fee and 80% of the University’s budget (in 2010, approximately 1,2 billion) originates from the state of São Paulo.
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