2012 press releases

Posted 16 October 2012

AIT Signs MoU with Rio de Janeiro State University

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), one of the largest universities in the Brazilian city.

The MoU was signed during Enterprise Ireland’s trade mission to Brazil, the largest ever to that country, with 42 participating Irish companies and education institutions.

Rio de Janeiro State University has more than 31,000 students, including 5,000 postgrads. Established in 1950, the university is spread across several campuses, with specialisation in a number of areas including technology and sciences, education and humanities, biomedical and social sciences.

The MoU facilitates cooperation between AIT and UERJ and covers undergraduate and postgraduate student exchange, staff exchange, research cooperation, internships, as well as various other forms of cooperation including shared teaching and learning projects, and the joint organisation of conferences.

AIT students will have the opportunity to study in Rio for one or two semesters. Supports are available in terms of helping students interested in the exchange find suitable accommodation and settle into life in Brazil.

AIT President, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, said: “Brazil is a hugely significant country in the global economy. This MoU between AIT and UERJ opens up lots of opportunities for AIT students to gain direct experience in this exciting global city and considerably add to their CV. The other areas of cooperation too will hopefully yield fruitful staff exchanges, as well as shared development in research, and teaching and learning.”

The signing ceremony was attended by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, the Brazilian Minister of Education, Aloízio Mercadante, and the presidents of the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes), Jorge Almeida Guimarães, and the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Glaucius Oliva. AIT was represented at the signing by Dr Robert Stewart, Dean of Graduate Studies.

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