Brazil’s Higher Education Landscape: Opportunities for Collaboration @EPFL

Insights from swissnex Brazil and EPFL Leading House

Event Details


EPFL, Room BC410
Lausanne, Switzerland


April 17, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Brazil is not only the largest country in Latin America, some of its universities also rank highest in the subcontinent’s university rankings. Exactly a year ago, in April 2014, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation decided to position the sixth – and first Latin American – swissnex office in Rio de Janeiro, with a satellite office in São Paulo, Brazil.
On April 17th, swissnex Brazil CEO Gioia Deucher and her colleague Mayra Castro, who heads the São Paulo office, will share their insights and present an overview of the country’s higher education system, collaboration opportunities and related challenges. Also, Julien Bettler, Programme Manager at EPFL Leading House Brazil, will present the funding instruments used to promote bilateral scientific cooperation.
EPFL kindly invites representatives of international and mobility offices, as well as alumni coordinators and other interested parties to join the presentations, followed by an informal exchange over apéro.


Time:  16:00 – 18:00
Location:  EPFL, Room BC410 –


16:00-16:05 Welcome by Prof. Jean-Claude Bolay, Director of Cooperation, EPFL
16:05-16:45 Presentations by Gioia Deucher, Mayra Castro and Julien Bettler

• Overview of Brazil’s higher education landscape
• Funding opportunities for / with Brazil
• Opportunities and instruments for collaboration
• Brazil-specific challenges
• How swissnex Brazil can support you

16:45-17:00 Testimonials from persons / institutions experienced in collaborating with Brazilian partners
17:00-17:15 Q&A
17:15-18:00 Networking Apéro


Please RSVP by April 15 to: (please include number of participants from your institution)


We encourage you to send specific concerns, areas of interest or questions you’d like to be addressed until April 15 to