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Date: April 20, 2012

UVic President Part Of Unprecedented Mission To Brazil

University of Victoria President David Turpin joins 30 other Canadian university presidents along with Canada’s Governor General David Johnston on an unprecedented higher education mission to Brazil, April 25-May 2, 2012.

The delegation, organized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), aims to increase the profile of Canadian universities and create opportunities for academic exchanges and research collaboration. They will visit Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Campinas and Brasilia.

UVic already has several research partnerships in Brazil, which has a strong interest in oceans research and sustainable energy. New partnerships and scholarship agreements will be announced during the mission.

President Turpin will moderate a panel discussion “Funding our cooperation” during the university presidents’ roundtable in Rio de Janeiro and is a panelist for the Canadian-Brazil innovation forum “Creative Innovation eco-systems – new ideas for new challenges.”

“It is important for our students and faculty to have access to opportunities worldwide as part of the growing internationalization of post-secondary education,” said Turpin, “and we are looking forward to welcoming Brazilian students to our campus.”

“We have developed internationally renowned research and support finding new opportunities to further that success and to collaborate with new partners.”

This is the largest international delegation of university presidents in Canadian history. In the next five years, Brazil is expected to become the fifth-largest economy in the world.

“This mission will build on existing Canada-Brazil relationships and catalyse new ones,” said Paul Davidson, president of AUCC, which represents 95 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities. “These partnerships will address the research interests of both countries and foster long-term prosperity.”

Additional information related to the presidents’ mission to Brazil can be found on the AUCC website at www.aucc.ca/brazil.

Note to Editors: A list of current UVic-Brazil research partnerships and related photos are available.

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Denise Helm (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7656 or dhelm@uvic.ca

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