U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release
April 9, 2012
The United States and Brazil: An Education Partnership for the 21st Century
Presidents Obama and Rousseff share a commitment to an innovative U.S.-Brazil education partnership that addresses the needs of a 21st-century workforce. Both Presidents have set complementary goals for international education. President Obama's 100,000 Strong in the Americas goal aims to increase the number of students from Latin America and the Caribbean studying in the United States and the number of U.S. students studying in these regions to 100,000 by 2020. President Rousseff’s Science without Borders initiative aims to build and expand Brazil’s role as a global leader by sending 101,000 Brazilian students in science and technology fields overseas in the next four years, with at least half coming to the United States. Both Presidents believe the prosperity of their countries is intrinsically linked to the education of their people, and enriched by shared academic experiences in other countries.
Fulbright-Science without Borders Scholar and Distinguished Chair Awards: The governments of the United States and Brazil, through the U.S.-Brazil Fulbright Commission, are expanding teaching and research exchange opportunities in science and technology between the United States and Brazil through the new Fulbright-Science without Borders Scholar and Distinguished Chair Awards for mid-career researchers and senior faculty in the United States. U.S. scholars will be affiliated with top Brazilian universities and research centers in their areas of specialization, fostering increased cooperation and institutional collaboration between applied researchers in science, technology, and innovation fields.
Doubling of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program and New Fulbright Post-Doctoral Award: As part of a joint effort to expand Fulbright exchange opportunities in a variety of academic disciplines, the governments of the United States and Brazil are doubling the number of Fulbright Scholar Awards for Brazilians and introducing a new Fulbright Post-Doctoral Award for U.S. and Brazilian researchers.
Expansion of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program: The Department of State, in partnership with the Government of Brazil, is expanding the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program to promote the study of Portuguese language and culture in the United States and to encourage American students to study in Brazil. Brazilian educators serve as native Portuguese language resources in the classroom and in cultural activities as they pursue their own non-degree studies in pedagogy, curriculum development, and English language at accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions.
New English Immersion Program – English3: The Department of State has expanded its English language program activities in Brazil in partnership with the consortium of 38 Binational Centers throughout Brazil to prepare the next generation of students studying in the United States. English3 (“English-cubed”) offers intensive English language immersion and preparation for U.S. academic life. In addition to promoting English language study, the Binational Centers (BNCs) house English language and library materials, and promote U.S. culture through events that reach more than 80,000 people throughout the country.
English Access Microscholarship Program: The Department of State’s English Access Microscholarship Programs in Brazil provides a two-year foundation of English language skills to more than 400 bright, economically disadvantaged 14- to 20-year-olds through after-school classes and intensive summer activities. Access students also gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and democratic values through cultural enhancement activities and participation in leadership and volunteer activities.
“UP with English”: The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with Binational Center IBEU, developed “UP with English” to provide vocational English and job skills to at-risk youth in favela communities of Rio. Public-private partnerships, with the involvement of Consulate General Rio de Janeiro and the American Chamber of Commerce, have increased the success rate and visibility of the program and its ability to support economic development leading up to the World Cup and Olympic Games.
EducationUSA: EducationUSA centers promote U.S. higher education throughout Brazil by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about studying in the United States and guidance to qualified Brazilians on how best to prepare for and gain access to those opportunities. EducationUSA is also collaborating with the U.S. Embassy, the Government of Brazil, the U.S.-Brazil Fulbright Commission, and the Institute for International Education to host special orientations that include visa processing for Science without Borders scholarship recipients. Through the EducationUSA Forum and regional College Fairs, EducationUSA also connects U.S. higher education representatives with Brazilian counterparts to build partnerships and recruit students for study in the United States.
CAPES/HBCU-Brazil Alliance Partnership: To support the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan on Racial Equality, the United States and Brazil are promoting and expanding academic exchange opportunities between U.S. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Brazilian universities. A Memorandum of Understanding between U.S. HBCUs and Brazil’s Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) calls for increased cooperation and exchanges between Brazilian education institutions and HBCUs in the United States.
U.S.-Brazil Partnership on Education: In March 2010, the United States and Brazil issued a joint statement to reaffirm the U.S.-Brazil Partnership for Education, which was established through the 1997 and 2007 Memoranda of Understanding on Education. Under the Partnership, the two countries share information and expand cooperation in areas that include promoting educational excellence; promoting diversity and equal opportunity in education; assessment, indicators, and accountability; professional development for teachers and administrators; vocational/technical education; second language learning (English/Portuguese); U.S. community colleges and Brazilian federal institutes; and higher education cooperation and mobility.