USF Signs Collaborative Agreements with Brazil’s Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
January 21, 2016

The University of South Florida recently signed three new agreements with  Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) from Porto Alegre, Brazil, Tampa’s sister city since 2013.

The collaborative agreements will focus on a student exchange program between the universities, research collaboration, and a partnership between USF Research Park and PUCRS’ Science and Technology Park (Tecnopuc).

“For [Tampa] to have the opportunity to expand our relationship with Brazil is critically important for us,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn who was present for the signing at the USF Lifesy House on Jan. 15, 2016.

“It’s an exciting time and is one step further in building that relationship in terms of academic institutions, the cultural institutions, and the students that come to university. This also represents economic opportunities between businesses of both cities as well. I couldn’t be prouder to be a small part of this growing relationship, and I look forward to one day welcoming the mayor of Porto Alegre to Tampa and extending the hospitality.”

A senior delegation of PUCRS officials visited Tampa Jan. 13 to 16, to meet with leaders across campus, including representatives from USF World, USF Health International, College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and more.

The delegates—Dr. Joaquim Clotet, President; Dr. Carla Bonan, pro-tempore Vice-President of Research, Innovation & Development; and Dr. Rosemary (Rose) Shinkai, Dean of International and Institutional Affairs—toured the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa, the USF Research Park, and the USF Contemporary Art Museum, which was featuring work from a Brazilian artist.

This collaboration adds to the existing agreements in Brazil. Visit the Global Discovery Database for more information on USF’s global footprint, which houses the university’s international partnership agreements, more than 800 faculty profiles from across the USF System, and allows for searches based on geography, discipline or keyword.

“USF and PUCRS share mutual values and are both focused on innovation,” said Dr. Roger Brindley, USF System Vice Provost and AVP for USF World.  “The two universities express academic likeness across all campuses, and we are looking forward to great things in the future.”

At the culmination of the agreement signing, PUCRS President Dr. Joaquim Clotet agreed with the sentiment stating, “I’m sure this will be a long and enjoyable collaboration.”