AN AGREEMENT BEING signed today between Trinity College Dublin and a number of universities in Brazil will see links strengthened between the institutions.
A greater exchange of Trinity students and students from these Brazilian institutions is set to take place.
The new initiative will be signed today in the presence of Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, who is currently in Brazil for St Patrick’s Day.
This follows on from the Brazilian government’s ‘Science Without Borders’ programme, which has seen over 200 Brazilian students come to Ireland.
This will see the creation of a duel law degree that will exist both at Masters and PhD level and will be administered jointly by Trinity and the University of São Paulo (USP), the highest ranked university in Brazil.
As part of this programme, students from the USP law faculty will be able to do a one year LL.M. programme in Dublin as part of their course.
Another element of the agreement is the introduction of the ‘Language Education Programme’, aimed at improving students’ fluency in the English language.
The two universities already collaborate on the SPECTRESS programme – an expansive research programme funded by the European Commission which covers a range of disciplines and sees input from a number of international institutions.
The trip will see Trinity’s Vice President for Global Relations, Professor Juliette Hussey, also sign agreements with four other top Brazilian universities.
These will seek to formalise links to institutions that already have research links with Trinity. These include the Universidade Federal Fluminense, the Universidade de Brasilia, the Universidade Estadual de Campinas and Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.
Speaking about this, Hussey, said:
We are committed to maintaining those links into the longer term, to build on this success and develop lasting academic and research collaborations with Brazil.
Trinity already enjoys collaborations with at least 80 universities, research institutes and hospitals in Brazil.