Welcoming delegates from one of Brazil’s top universities

Today (Thursday 30 January 2020), we’re delighted to welcome to our University delegates from Universidade Federal Minas Gerais (UFMG), one of the leading higher education institutions in Brazil.

Our President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts and Vice-President of Global Engagement, Dr Malcolm Butler are leading discussions with President Sandra Regina Goulart Almeida and Professor Aziz Tuffi Saliba, Dean for International Affairs, from UFMG about collaborations between our two universities.

UFMG, with whom we signed a general MOU in September 2019, has over 60,0000 students on four campuses and is ranked eleventh in the Latin American region and fourth in Brazil in the RUF Ranking. UFMG excels in research in the areas of climate change, water resources, and environmental studies as well as in health, nutrition and biological sciences.

Partnering with UFMG is an important part of our work with the Worldwide Universities Network to identify areas of common research, which could lead to the development of important funding bids. We also have a seed funding agreement to support collaborations between research groups here at Sheffield and at UFMG. To date, this has included support for projects in the area of oral health for disabled children and adults, and sustainable crop protection applications for small family-based sisal farming systems in Brazil.

Today’s visit marks the first UFMG Presidential visit to Sheffield and demonstrates their commitment to our partnership. The visit also brought together academic colleagues and faculty internationalisation leads with the UFMG delegation to discuss the many research synergies we have developed together across all of our faculties. Delegates are also discussing existing and future opportunities for student exchange and study abroad schemes.

We hope that today’s visit will strengthen our partnership and generate ideas for future collaborations. Developing the right international partners is an important part of our internationalisation strategy, helping us to deepen the impact of our world-class research and enhancing our unique student experience.

UFMG delegation