In early fall 2012, a representative of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies traveled to Brazil to take part in student recruitment fairs and university visits in the cities of Brasilia, Recife, Sao Paulo and Campinas. The objective of this trip was to enhance existing links for student mobility, double diploma initiatives and international research collaborations.
In partnership with the Canada Visiting Research Chair in Brazilian Studies, the Centre for International Policy Studies and the Office of the Vice-President, Research hosted a conference by former World Bank Senior Economist, Ricardo Gazel, now with the Fundação Dom Cabral, on October 4th 2012. Dr. Gazel's talk was entitled "Sustainable Growth: The Recent Experience and Future Challenges for the Brazilian Economy".
An Agreement for Cooperation in Research between CALDO and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) has been signed in Brazil on April 27th 2012. This agreement aims to promote and support collaborative projects involving researchers in the State of São Paulo and others working in CALDO member institutions. A $400,000 fund will also be created shortly to seed new research partnerships.
President Allan Rock travelled to Brazil in April 2012 as part of a mission led by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. This mission enhanced the visibility of CALDO consortium member institutions in this country and contributed to the creation of concrete and mutually beneficial opportunities in higher education and research.
Professor Agatha Schwartz, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, hosted a conference by Ambassador Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô on March 21st 2012. The lecture was entitled "Brazil Today: More Growth with Less Inequality".
Effective March 1st 2012, the University of Ottawa has joined a consortium of Canadian universities hosting distinguished Brazilian researchers for short stays in Canada. Funded by the Brazilian Embassy in Ottawa, the visiting research chair program's objective is to strengthen academic relationships between the two countries.
Professor Stan Matwin, Director of the Text Analysis and Machine Learning (TAMALE) group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded a Canada-Brazil award in January 2012. In collaboration with the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, the research project supports PhD student and researcher mobility, as well as research networking activities. Project outcomes are expected to be relevant in two areas of application, namely computer network management and the use of spatio-temporal data for fisheries management.