TUM São Paulo: Annual FAUBAI conference in Belém

From April 13 to 17, the annual FAUBAI conference took place in Belém, the gateway to the Amazon. FAUBAI is the Brazilian Association for International Education.

Speakers at the Panel on European Innovation Centers at the annual meeting of FAUBAI in Belém

Speakers at the Panel on European Innovation Centers; on the left TUM Liaison Officer Sören Metz. Photo: Marcio Weichert

TUM Liaison Officer Sören Metz speaks at FAUBAI panel

TUM Liaison Officer Sören Metz as moderator at a FAUBAI panel. Photo: Nora Jacobs

The Conference on Internationalization of Higher Education is the most important and largest of its kind in South America and comparable to NAFSA. This year's theme was "Global Community Engagement". Approximately 550 participants from 30 different countries were present with a majority from North & South America and Europe, but also from Asia and Africa.

Liaison Officer Sören Metz was active on site for the TUM and moderated a panel on European Innovation Centers. Panel participants were Marcio Weichert, Program Coordinator of the German Center for Research and Innovation São Paulo, Maria Conti, CEO of SWISSNEX Brazil, and Tina Gootlieb, Deputy Head of the Innovation Center Denmark for Brazil. The audience of the one-hour panel consisted of both Brazilian university representatives and participants of international universities.

Of strategic relevance for further consolidation of TUM’s cooperation with Brazil was the session on PrInt, a program funded by the Brazilian research funding agency CAPES with the aim of fostering internationalization in postgraduate studies at Brazilian universities. The lecture was coordinated by the partner university UNESP, which is cooperating successfully via PrInt, amongst others, together with TUM and the University of Queensland in a Global Bioeconomy Alliance.