Nineteen vice-chancellors and other executives from Brazilian universities recently spent time touring Queensland universities seeking ways to work together in the future.
Hosted by TIQ’s International Education and Training Unit, the Brazilian delegation represented 14 of Brazil’s universities.
The delegation spent 15–18 October visiting Queensland universities, including a full day showcase at the University of Queensland and visits to the Australian Catholic University and University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Toowoomba.
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the visitors represented institutions with similar research interests to USQ and there was great potential for collaboration.
‘I welcome the opportunity to expand USQ’s network of collaborative partnerships and industry links in research areas of global significance,’ she said.
‘Not only do many of our staff and students join us from around the globe, but we also have an international reach when it comes to our research profile and impact.’
Research fields of interest at USQ for the Brazilian delegation included agronomy and biology, ecology and biodiversity, food engineering, sports, health sciences, mathematics, physics, education, robotics, biomedicine, biotechnology of micro-organisms, genetics, and molecular biology.
The delegation’s visit reflects the growing links between Brazil and Queensland as the number of Brazilian students in Queensland increases.
Brazil is now Queensland’s third-largest source of international students, with 8,400 enrolments here last year.
International education and training is identified as one of Queensland’s major export industries in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.