Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy is formally partnering with Brazil's premier think tank, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, to enhance research and academic relationships and to lay the foundation for long-term cooperation.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU), which officially paves the way for Rice University and FGV student and faculty exchanges, joint research projects and academic programs, was signed on March 22 by Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian (pictured right) and Flávio Carvalho de Vasconcelos, dean of the FGV School of Public Administration (pictured left), with FGV Provost Antônio Freitas looking on. Rice University President David Leebron and FGV President Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal signed the agreement on March 29.
"Brazil is one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in the world, and Houston and Rio de Janeiro, in particular, share many similarities with their coastal locations, thriving energy sectors and world-class academic institutions," Djerejian said. "Our agreement with FGV, Brazil"s foremost think tank, will open the door to joint research collaborations and new opportunities for our Rice faculty and students and Brazilian counterparts."
Vasconcelos welcomed FGV"s association with the Baker Institute and Rice University and future collaboration on public policy research and projects.
Djerejian said the agreement would focus on research on Brazil"s significant emerging role regionally and globally. Earlier this month, the Baker Institute hosted in Houston a lecture by His Excellency Mauro Vieira, the ambassador of Brazil to the United States.
"This relationship will provide relevant insights, assessments and policy recommendations to decision-makers in both the private and public sectors," Djerejian said.
Rice University's Baker Institute signs a memorandum of understanding to conduct binational policy research with Brazil"s premier think tank Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro on March 22, 2012. From left to right: Professor Rogério Sobreira, FGV head of International Relations; FGV Dean Flavio Carvalho de Vasconcelos; Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian; FGV Provost Antônio Freitas; FGV Projects coordinator Carlos Quintella; and Baker Institute senior director of development Vince McElligott.