swissnex Brazil opens its doors in Rio de Janeiro
On 4 April 2014 the sixth office of the worldwide swissnex network, an initiative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, was officially inaugurated in Rio de Janeiro.
Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann along with a high-profile delegation from the Swiss science, education and economy sectors attended the opening and a Letter of Intent for joint projects was signed between the Swiss National Science Foundation and the regional research institution FAPERJ at the opening ceremony. The evening was preceded by a panel discussion at the Museu de Arte do Rio about cooperation between Brazilian and Swiss specialists in urban planning and architecture projects. Other highlights of the programme were an interactive video installation from HEAD Geneva (Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design) and an exhibition of the architectural projects discussed at the panel.
swissnex Brazil promotes exchange and collaboration between researchers, policy-makers, universities, start-ups, artists and other stakeholders. It explores synergies between the two countries in the fields of science, education, art and innovation. swissnex Brazil provides visibility through public events and support to universities and student mobility. It also facilitates access to a network of academics and business leaders and can help with study tours or organized visits.
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