GCU links up with Rio

11 October 2011

GCU links up with Rio

The memorandum will allow GCU to establish research links with Rio.

The university has signed a Letter of Intent to work with Brazil’s Federal University of Rio De Janeiro (UFRJ).  
As well as creating a collaborative education relationship, the memorandum will allow the Universities to establish research links and staff and student exchanges.
The relationship will focus on the University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment and UFRJ’s Cento de Technologia (COPPE).
Professor Brian Stewart, of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “We are delighted that the University has signed a Letter of Intent with the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro to strengthen academic relationships between the two Universities. FMC Technologies has recently opened a $40 million subsea research center at UFRJ, the largest subsea technology research centre in South America. As GCU has a five-year collaboration agreement with FMC Technologies in Scotland to undertake R&D in new sensor developments for the subsea oil and gas industry, we hope that the agreement between the Universities may lead also to the development of new collaborative research and development activities between GCU, UFRJ and FMC Technologies. This agreement could allow complimentary research expertise within both Universities to be brought together to produce advanced technical solutions and innovations for FMC and the oil and gas industry.”
The first stage of the collaboration will see the establishment of exchange programmes for doctoral students and visiting professorships.

The university has signed a Letter of Intent to work with Brazil’s Federal University of Rio De Janeiro (UFRJ).  

As well as creating a collaborative education relationship, the memorandum will allow the Universities to establish research links and staff and student exchanges.

The relationship will focus on the University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment and UFRJ’s Cento de Technologia (COPPE).

Professor Brian Stewart, of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “We are delighted that the University has signed a Letter of Intent with the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro to strengthen academic relationships between the two Universities. FMC Technologies has recently opened a $40 million subsea research center at UFRJ, the largest subsea technology research centre in South America.

“As GCU has a five-year collaboration agreement with FMC Technologies in Scotland to undertake R&D in new sensor developments for the subsea oil and gas industry, we hope that the agreement between the Universities may lead also to the development of new collaborative research and development activities between GCU, UFRJ and FMC Technologies. This agreement could allow complimentary research expertise within both Universities to be brought together to produce advanced technical solutions and innovations for FMC and the oil and gas industry.”

The first stage of the collaboration will see the establishment of exchange programmes for doctoral students and visiting professorships.

  • Picture (left to right) - Professor Brian Stewart, School of Engineering and Built Environment, GCU. Professor Geraldo Nunes, Dean/Senior Director, International Affairs, UFRJ. Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice Chancellor, GCU. Mr Vitor Amaral, Vice Co-ordinator, International Affairs, UFRJ. Mr David Beeby, Executive Director of Finance and Vice Principal International, GCU.
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