TUM São Paulo: Senior Vice President Winkelmann signs new cooperation agreements with Brazilian partners

TUM Global, News, TUM São Paulo |

At the close of the year, Prof. Dr. Juliane Winkelmann, TUM Vice President for International Alliances and Alumni, traveled to Brazil to seal new agreements and extend proven cooperation contracts with partners in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. One important result is the alliance with UNESP within the framework of the TUM Global Strategic Alliances.

The representatives of the two partner universities at the signing of the contract in Sao Paulo
TUM Senior Vice President Prof. Juliane Winkelmann and UNESP Vice Rector Prof. Maysa Furlan at the signing of the Global Strategic Alliance agreement.
The three representatives of the partner universities in front of the largest center for human genome and stem cell research in South America
Prof. Winkelmann with leading researchers Prof. Mayana Zatz and Prof. Maria Rita dos Santos of the Genome Center HUG-CELL at USP.
The two representatives of the partner universities in the office of the Director of International Relations at UFRJ
In Rio de Janeiro, Prof. Winkelmann met with Prof. Amaury Fernandes, Director of International Relations at UFRJ. All images: TUM São Paulo

During her several-day trip to Brazil, Prof. Winkelmann first visited the partners São Paulo State University (UNESP), University of São Paulo (USP), and University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

UNESP has long been one of TUM's most important strategic partners – both in bilateral exchanges and in the trilateral Global Bioeconomy Alliance with The University of Queensland. This close connection has now been significantly strengthened by two new agreements: TUM and UNESP are now officially cooperating within the framework of the TUM Global Strategic Alliances. This is the first agreement of its kind in Latin America. The second agreement is intended to further intensify the partners' doctoral exchange, which is coordinated by the TUM Graduate School.

Further strengthening of the cooperation with USP and UNICAMP

Vice President Winkelmann also exchanged views with the representatives of USP, TUM's largest partner university in Brazil and at the same time our partner with the most cooperation projects and co-publications, with regard to intensifying the cooperation. For example, the cooperation with USP could be expanded through funding via the TUM Global Incentive Fund.

In addition to the contract discussions, Prof. Winkelmann – herself a neurologist and human geneticist – visited HUG-CELL, the largest center for human genome and stem cell research in South America, and was impressed by the high quality of the research.

At the meeting at UNICAMP, the TUM Ambassadors emphasized that they want to get even more involved in the cooperation. The areas of entrepreneurship and sustainability are particularly suitable here, as UNICAMP is strongly positioned in these segments. The highlight of the collaboration so far is AmazonFACE. In this project, TUM Ambassador David Lapola and TUM Professor Anja Rammig are researching the green lungs of the Amazon rainforest and the effects of increased CO2 emissions.

Contract renewal with partner in Rio de Janeiro

On the second stop of her trip to Brazil, Prof. Winkelmann renewed the long-standing student exchange agreement with the TUM partner university Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and also explored new cooperation opportunities here. 

At the end of her stay, the Senior Vice President attended the 50th anniversary celebration of the DAAD branch in Rio de Janeiro, where she took the opportunity to talk to Dr. Jochen Hellmann, Director of the DAAD, about trends and developments in the German-Brazilian higher education and science sector as well as new opportunities for research cooperation.

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