IOHE IN BRAZIL: FROM THE FAUBAI CONFERENCE TO THE ELECTION OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL FOR BRAZIL
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 18 2018 – Brazil was the center of the worldwide university community this week, by hosting two major events that IOHE could not miss.
FAUBAI 2018: Significant IOHE Presence
Organized by the Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI), this year’s FAUBAI Conference was held on April 14 to 18 on the theme of “Internationalization at Research: Challenges and Strategies”. During this event the Regional Assembly for IOHE-Brazil was also held.
Bringing together 700 individuals from all backgrounds, this major conference has been a unique opportunity to meet actors in the academic community and to share knowledge and best practices in a constantly evolving world. Discussions at this year’s conference were concentrated on the implementation of global strategies for internationalization and, more particularly, on the development of Brazilian research.
Executive Director Dr. David Julien represented IOHE at the event taking part in a number of workshops and highlighting the unifying role of IOHE in creating common spaces for higher education in the Americas, most notably through the Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE), which brings together all the major actors on the continent around this theme every two years.
President of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie elected Vice-President of the Regional Assembly for IOHE-Brazil
The Regional Assembly for IOHE-Brazil took place in marge of the FAUBAI Conference, during which IOHE’s Brazilian members elected Dr. Benedito Guimarães Aguiar Neto, President of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, as their new Regional Vice-President along with five new Regional Counsellors, Professor Mirian Thereza de Moura Serra, President of Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Dr. Marcelo Knobel from Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Dr. Waldemiro Gremski from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUCPR, Dr. Anísio Brasileiro de Freitas Dourado, President of UF Pernambuco, and Dr. Gunther Lother Pertschy from Centro Universitário de Brusque – UNIFEBE/ACAFE.
“Also as Chair the Council of Brazilian University Presidents (CRUB), we believe in the unifying effect of this new Regional Council to increase the regional membership and the effectiveness of our actions,” said the new Regional Vice-President Dr. Aguiar Neto.
This meeting was also an occasion to work on the regional Annual Plan of Activities based on IOHE’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2022. The major lines of action for 2018-2020 to support IOHE’s global strategy were also outlined during the gathering. The proposals of the counselors and the regional members responded to needs and priorities specific to the region. “The inclusion in the New Regional Council of great universities characterized by excellence in their research alongside emerging institutions in cutting-edge sectors will allow us to meet the needs of all our members who view Brazil as a potential country for forming partnerships,” added Dr. David Julien, Executive Director of IOHE.