Celebrating continued Brazil-Norway collaboration

A Norwegian delegation for higher education and research visited Brazil in November, spearheaded by the Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon. The Crown Prince tested the results of an educational collaboration programme which Brazil and Norway will continue to cooperate on.

The delegation was part of a Norwegian state visit to Brazil, in which Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland as well as state secretaries from five Norwegian ministries participated. The Crown Prince and the Minister of Trade and Industry got to test a robot for oil rigs called Doris, made by Norwegian and Brazilian students and scientists. The Doris project received funding from Statoil and the Brazilian oil company Petrobras, and is supported by the CAPES-SIU-programme.

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At the Cenpes research centre in Rio de Janeiro, Crown Prince Haakon was given the opportunity to test the robot DORIS. Norwegian researcher Pål Johan From of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) gave the Crown Prince a demonstration. Photo: Kjersti Mokleiv Brown/SIU.

'The purpose of our visit to Brazil is to strengthen and further develop the long-term Norwegian-Brazilian cooperation in higher education, research and education,' said State Secretary Bjørn Haugstad of the Ministry of Education and Research during the visit to Rio de Janeiro.

He announced a new call for applications to the CAPES-SIU programme, and for the programmes INTPART (International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research) and the UTFORSK Partnership Programme.

Last month, the government presented its Panorama strategy for cooperation in the field of higher education and research with selected countries, including Brazil. The strategy will apply to the period 2016–2020, and it will support the goals of strengthening Norway's competitiveness and capacity for innovation, solving major social challenges and developing high-quality expert communities.

'We are pleased that there will be a new joint call for applications for funding from CAPES and SIU. There was considerable interest last time, and we expect many environments to be ready to apply for the funds when the call for applications is announced early next year,' says acting Director General of SIU, Gro Tjore.

'We hope that the new call for applications will help to further collaboration between Norway and Brazil in the field of education and research ,' says Amanda Olimpio de Menezes, head of international programmes in the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).

The CAPES-SIU programme

In 2013, SIU and CAPES awarded funding to eight cooperation projects between institutions for higher education and research in Brazil and Norway through the CAPES-SIU Programme for Brazil-Norway Cooperation. The programme will issue a new call for applications in 2016.

The objective is to increase cooperation between Norwegian and Brazilian institutions of higher education, among other things by promoting mobility and joint teaching activities, with the emphasis on the master's and doctoral degree levels. In addition, the programme supports broader collaboration that also includes research and innovation.

The programme is funded by the Ministry of Education and Research and CAPES.

The article was originally written in Norwegian for SIU.no, and has been translated into English by Allegro AS.

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