On April 9, President Robert G. Templin, Jr. represented NOVA and the U.S. community college perspective in a high level panel discussion titled “Research, Innovation and the Labor Market” at the Brazil-U.S.: Partnership for the 21st Century conference held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
Templin’s presentation was part of a larger meeting attended by high level business, academic and government representatives focused on strengthening the efforts between the United States and Brazil in areas of commerce, education and innovation. The event included parallel panel discussions on business and trade advancements as well as the importance of education and innovation cooperation in both countries. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered opening remarks alongside Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota and closing remarks were given by the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff.
Following the event, NOVA on behalf of the Community College Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAPES, a division of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, to provide advanced English language and academic preparation skills training for incoming Science Without Borders students coming to the U.S. for one-year placements at universities and colleges around the country. This large-scale scholarship program funded by the Brazilian government seeks to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through the international mobility of its students and researchers. The Brazilian government is funding 100,000 scholarships for its top students to study abroad at the world’s best universities over the next five years.
Also in attendance at the event from NOVA were Vice President of Finance Ina Dimkova, Associate Vice President for Global Studies and Programs Paul McVeigh, and Director of International Sponsored Programs Syedur Rahman.