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Exciting Environmental Science MOU signed with Brazilian university

Posted on: Jun 25, 2018

An exciting Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Brazilian university, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (“FURG”) and Concordia University of Edmonton (“CUE”).

The MOU establishes a framework in which both universities will collaborate and develop a relationship to encourage academic mobility, collaborative research, exchange of academic materials, cultural co-operation, and special short-term academic programs, particularly in the areas of environmental science.

Dr. Xin Chen from CUE visited FURG in 2017 with a small cohort of CUE students, to study environmental and marine biology and physiology and is enthusiastic about this collaboration agreement. “We are thrilled at the opportunities that this partnership will bring to our students,” he said. “Many collaborative opportunities for science!”

“This is our first federal university partner in Brazil,” says Dr. Manfred Zeuch, VP External Affairs and International Relations. “We look forward to an active partnership with this prestigious institution. In fact, we are planning another student research trip to FURG next year.”

About CUE International

Concordia University of Edmonton is proud of its engagement with the international community. With robust cooperative relationships with universities all over the world, study abroad, student exchange, academic and research opportunities abound for its students and faculty.

About FURG

Located in the south of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG), founded in 1969, has the mission to promote the advance of knowledge and full education with excellence, thus educating professionals who are able to contribute to human development and to improve socioenvironmental quality. Therefore, FURG’s vision is to consolidate its national and international reputation as a leading institution in education, in technological development, and in the study of coastal and ocean ecosystems. Currently, the University has 56 Undergraduate Courses, 36 Graduate Programs: 5 Professional Master’s Degrees, 31 Academic Master’s Degrees, and 13 Doctoral Degrees.

The Federal University of Rio Grande – FURG is an Institution focused on coastal ecosystems located in Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brazil. Within this philosophy, a group of professors from the Institute of Biological Sciences offers a course in Marine Physiology, in which the students themselves propose a topic of interest and confirm or refute their hypothesis through experimentation. The students also participate in field trips where they learn about the diversity of ecosystems of the extreme south of the country.