During a visit by delegates from the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina to member institutions of Alliance of 4 Universities, UAB signs a collaboration agreement with the National Service for Industrial Training (SENAI).
SENAI is the national organisation for the professional training, technological assistance and information provider for the industrial sector of Brazil. It offers 1,800 courses and programmes and over two million students enrol each year.
The agreement signed with UAB establishes the collaboration strategies between the two institutions in knowledge and technology transfer, in the organisation of scientific meetings, the development of research projects and in the training of teaching and research staff.
There is also the aim to create future undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the area of sciences and environmental technologies, as well as to encourage exchange programmes between staff members.
The agreement was signed as part of a visit to Barcelona and Madrid by delegates from centres related to research, transfer and innovation of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. Led by Carlos Kurtz, Director of the Federation of Industries of Santa Catarina (FIESC, which among other institutions includes SENAI), the delegates met with members of A-4U, a platform which in addition to UAB, includes Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Carlos III and Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
During their visit to UAB, delegates visited the UAB Research Park (PRUAB), the Department of Chemistry, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), the Food Technology Plant Special Research Centre (CERPTA) and the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB).
The meeting is a continuation of other visits which took place by Santa Catarina delegates to UAB on 23 May and by A-4U delegates to Brazil in March, where representatives met with several universities and institutions of Santa Catarina including SENAI. Brazil is a strategic country in A-4U’s academic and research internationalisation project.