FGV establishes agreements with institutions in Europe and plans on expanding operations in BRIC countries
In 2012, schools and institutes of Fundação Getulio Vargas set up 26 new agreements with foreign institutions - mainly from Europe. Altogether, FGV established 148 partnerships, including student and professor exchanges, academic and technical cooperation, among other types of collaboration. However, the future of these partnerships is in other world regions. We are moving towards the settlement of agreements with most BRIC countries (Russia, China, India and South Africa) and the Persian Gulf, says FGV's international director, professor Bianor Cavalcanti. According to Bianor, the emergence of new players in the global context is responsible for the shift of attention that was given to Europe and the United States to other countries. The world changes and this has an impact on academic relations, he explains. The professor further emphasized that new horizons enrich students' education. The exchange programs, for example, besides helping to assimilate the knowledge already encoded or still under development, provide the opportunity to experience the working and research world in a different culture. In this respect, the world today is much richer, he believes. Despite the expectation regarding the BRICs, the Middle East and Asia in general, Bianor Cavalcanti highlights FGV?s performance in Africa and Latin America, especially in South American countries through the Latin American Policy. We're executing important consulting work and courses with the support of IDE and FGV Projetos, he says. The professor also commented on the growing importance and recognition of FGV as a think tank on the international scene. There is tremendous interest from other nations in Brazil, for our level of economic activity, for the social and political stability we have achieved - highly valued in a troubled world. And the weight of FGV's contribution to these achievements at different moments in the history of the country is huge, he concludes. Click here and learn more about FGV's international activities and the International Affairs Division (DINT).