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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

The enhancement of the relationship between France and Brazil is based on particularly solid and diversified cooperation as Brazil is a country where Francophilia thrives and cultural diversity is a national identity component.

- Brazil is France’s leading scientific cooperation partner in Latin America, with a special focus on research and technological innovation (France is Brazil’s second most important scientific partner after the United States). Scientific cooperation is structured around excellence training between universities and through high-level partnerships between the research institutions of both countries. Such training focuses in particular on fundamental and applied mathematics, climate change and the social and human sciences. Courses in innovative technologies have developed significantly, in particular the CAPES-COFECUB programme, a balanced partnership of very high scientific quality which has trained almost 2000 Brazilian doctors since it was launched in 1978;

- France is still Brazil’s leading European partner in the university sector. Starting in the 1930s, Fernand Braudel , Claude Lévi-Strauss and Roger Bastide worked to forge the strong academic ties that exist between France and Brazil by helping to found the University of São Paulo (USP) which is today the leading university in Latin America. France is today the third worldwide destination for Brazilian students and is committed to promoting international student mobility by undertaking to receive 10,000 Brazilian scholarship students by the end of 2015 (almost 8000 have already been received and this figure will be exceeded); through the Science without Borders (SwB) scholarship programme launched by Ms Rousseff.

- Actions to promote the French language and cultural exchanges also have a significant place in French-Brazilian cooperation. The Year of France in Brazil in 2009 (after the Year of Brazil in France in 2005) helped to step up all those exchanges by staging more than 1000 cultural events. A total of over 2000 students attend three French lycées, in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, including some 1500 French students. The Alliances Françaises in Brazil constitute the oldest and most tightly meshed network in the world, with 40 establishments and 35,000 students. In the publishing sector, there are close relations between publishers and writers of both countries (Brazil is the leading market for French books in Latin America).

Other types of cooperation

Decentralized cooperation, which was made official by the Protocol signed on 12 February 2008 in French Guiana, has been developing steadily: in addition to the regular bilateral Conferences, the Joint Monitoring Committee on French-Brazilian Decentralized Cooperation, which was established by the 2008 Protocol, met for the first time in April 2009 in Rio de Janeiro. The Committee brought together, in particular, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region with the State of Minas Gerais and the cities of Paris and Rio de Janeiro.

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