UGA Delegation visits São Paulo, Brazil


November 5, 2012
Writer: Kavita Pandit
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A delegation from University of Georgia recently visited partner institutions in São Paulo, Brazil to advance instructional and research collaborations. Led by Kavita Pandit, Associate Provost for International Education, the UGA delegation included Noel Fallows, Associate Dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Richard Gordon, Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, and Robert Moser and Laurie Williford, Director and Coordinator, respectively, of the Portuguese Flagship Program. Also accompanying the delegation were Tom Reichert, Head of UGA’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the Grady College of Journalism and Bryan Reber, faculty member of Advertising and PR.

At the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), UGA’s partner institution for UGA’s Undergraduate Flagship Program in Portuguese, the delegation met with senior UNESP administrators Vice-Rector Dr. Marilza Vieira Cunha Rudge and Dr. José Celso Freire Junior, Director of UNESP’s Office of International Relations to discuss the implementation of this program. The Portuguese Flagship is funded through a major grant from the federal National Security Education Program (NSEP) and is the first and only such Portuguese program in the United States. UGA delegates also visited the UNESP campus in São Paulo do Rio Preto, the campus location for UGA students during the required year of overseas study at a Brazilian university, and identified internship opportunities in Brazil for the Portuguese Flagship program students.

Meetings were also held at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), another important partner institution for UGA. The delegation was met by the Professors Adenei Melges de Andrade, and Raul Machado Neto, Vice-Rector and Vice-President, respectively, for International Relations. Also meeting the delegation was USP’s Provost for Research, Dr. Marco Antonio Zago. The group discussed ongoing collaborations between UGA’s Center for Complex Carbohydrate Research and USP faculty at the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory in Campinas, São Paolo. USP is the top sending institution in Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program and UGA and USP administrators also discussed opportunities for greater student exchanges between their institutions and for broadening research collaborations. (Click here for the USP news release about this visit.)

In conjunction with this visit, the UGA Alumni Association, represented by Meredith Carr, Associate Director, and supported by Rita Manning, Executive Director of Special Events, organized a Celebration of UGA event for alumni and friends in São Paolo. Also attending this event were representatives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s São Paulo office and the Brazilian Minésterio das das Relações Exteriores.

RIGHT: UGA delegation members with UNESP administrators and staff. Pictured from left to right: Robert Moser, Laurie Williford, Joao Telles, Kavita Pandit, Jose Celso, Marilza Viera, Assistant to Dr. Viera, Noel Fallows, Solange Aranha, and Amanda Mendes.


LEFT: UGA delegation members and UNESP staff at UNESP’s Sao Paulo do Rio Preto campus. From L to R: Noel Fallows, Kavita Pandit, Robert Moser, Amanda Mendes, Solange Aranha, and Laurie Williford.


RIGHT: UGA delegation members with administrators and staff at the University of Sao Paulo