Sept. 6, 2013 – This week, Fort Valley State University is taking part in an important, international mission that will seek a global partnership with one of South America’s largest countries and economies. Dr. John Eaves, chair of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, invited FVSU to be a partnering member for its Education Mission to Brazil to help construct study abroad partnerships with the coastal country’s colleges and universities. Dr. Melody L. Carter, vice president of external affairs and executive director for the FVSU Foundation, Inc., will serve as FVSU’s representative on the Brazilian Mission Delegation from Sept. 7 to 14.
Other colleges participating in the Education Mission to Brazil are private institutions (such as Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College) and University System of Georgia institutions (including Clayton State University, Georgia State and Kennesaw State universities).
“The purpose of the mission is to explore partnership opportunities with colleges and universities in the states of Bahia and Pernambuco,” Carter explained. “The education mission to Brazil has a particular focus on the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program through the Institute of International Education.”
Chairman Eaves said that in 2012, Fulton County formed a partnership with two Brazilian states: Bahia and Pernambuco. He remarked that the trip is one of several planned to the country. Eaves states that this week’s delegation trip will visit several universities within the country to build partnerships that promote educational exchanges, health, arts and culture, human rights and economic development. The group will spend three and a half days in Salvador, the capital of Bahia and in Recife, the capital of Pernambuco.
According to Carter, one of the initiatives that will be discussed during the trip is the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, a non-degree program for Brazilian undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to study at American colleges and universities. Students study for one academic year (two semesters and a summer), and take an academic-training component (internship or research) related to their major.
FVSU president, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, believes that the international mission will help FVSU build future initiatives that will enhance global diversity on campus.
“Global partnerships, such as these, can positively impact all aspects of our FVSU enterprise—enrollment, academic programming and fundraising,” Dr. Griffith said. “We cannot afford not to pursue this golden opportunity with Dr. Eaves.”
“I look forward to establishing memoranda of understanding with institutions in Bahia and Pernambuco, and with the Institute of International Education that will yield outcomes for establishing study abroad exchange opportunities for FVSU,” Dr. Carter stated.
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