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Business faculty promote scholarly exchange with Brazilian university

Friday, November 2, 2012

LAWRENCE — Faculty members at the School of Business have helped to forge a new relationship between the University of Kansas and a major Brazilian university, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE).

The agreement calls for KU and UFPE to promote activities of mutual interest including the exchange of students and researchers and implementation of joint projects in education and research. The signatories to the agreement are the Reitor of UFPE, Anísio Brasileiro de Freitas Dourado, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, and Susan Gronbeck-Tedesco, associate vice provost for international programs at KU.

The relationship between KU and UFPE was initiated by Luiz Carlos Miranda, director of the graduate program in accounting at UFPE's Center of Applied Social Sciences, and Christopher Anderson, associate professor of finance and Anderson Chandler Fellow at the KU School of Business. Miranda is spending the 2012-13 academic year as a visiting scholar at the KU School of Business. Anderson has more than twenty years of experience studying, working and teaching in Brazil, and he was hosted by UFPE for a one-week visit during spring 2012.

"This agreement comes at a very opportune time and is in line with the policy of the Brazilian government, which is making large investments in education and research required for the success of projects in infrastructure and innovation, which are ongoing now in Brazil," Miranda said. "I believe that the states of Kansas and Pernambuco have much in common, which may encourage and facilitate joint activities between KU and UFPE," he added.

UFPE is located in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco in Brazil's northeast region. The main campus is located in the coastal city of Recife, Brazil's sixth largest metropolitan area with a population of 3.8 million. UFPE has nearly 2,400 faculty members, more than 28,000 undergraduate students, and more than 6,000 students in masters and doctoral programs. A recent ranking of Brazilian universities by the newspaper Folha de São Paulo identified UFPE as Brazil's tenth best university out of 188 universities that were evaluated.

"The state of Pernambuco and the city of Recife are experiencing rapid growth and development," Anderson said. "UFPE is uniquely positioned both to meet the demands of that growing region and serve as a gateway to Brazil for KU students and faculty. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the School of Business, the Center of Latin American Studies, and the broader KU community to facilitate programs of student and faculty exchange with UFPE."

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