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  • Clinton backs Brazil’s 100k exchange expansion

    - In a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, pledged her support for Brazil’s efforts to send 100.000 talented students abroad. European countries meanwhile struggle to partner with the booming economy on this initiative.

    With large corporations chipping in, Brazil's plan to send 100.000 talented students to top universities all over the world is taking shape. A number of partner countries have already signed agreements with the government of President Dilma Roussef facilitating the accommodation of all those students until 2015.

    Europe struggles to have its share

    Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the United States were first targeted to realize Roussef's ambitious Science Without Borders (SWB) agenda. A number of additional countries like Canada, Australia and even some European ones like Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain have stepped up their efforts by now to have their share in this initiative.

    The United States are especially active in this respect. Only yesterday, Obama's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed Brazil's foreign minister at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce explicitly referring to the SWB project and the U.S. role in it. She refers to Brazil's "inspiring success story" and emphasizes the need to create "more cooperation and partnership between and among our universities, our science and tech sectors."

    Clinton's speech on Sciences Without Borders

    "We are developing strong habits of partnership and cooperation. And that is not, as you know so well, a job solely for governments. In fact, it is actually more the job for the private sectors, our universities, our civil societies, our citizens. And therefore, we need to draw on all sources of our respective national strengths to build this partnership for the future. And I look out at this audience, and I see many Americans whom I know well who are deeply committed to doing just that."

    "We see in Brazil an inspiring success story: a dynamic economy that has lifted millions of people into the middle class; a country that is helping to fuel the global economy; that produces everything from commodities, of course, but also aerospace technologies, whose goods and services are facing increasing demand across the globe."

    "But we know that the progress we wish to make is not going to be measured alone by flight traffic or trade or investment figures, or even by visas. We have to have more cooperation and partnership between and among our universities, our science and tech sectors, our civil societies. Now, Brazil knows how important it is for a nation to invest in its people, and starting in the '90s, when I was privileged to travel to Brazil, I have followed with great interest the innovative social programs serving Brazil's children. This tradition of innovation of conditional cash transfers and other investments in the human beings of Brazil is paying off. You can see the results. It's not only fueled the rapid expansion of Brazil's middle class, but it has demonstrated that an economy growing is not an end in itself; it is a means to improving the lives of the people of a country, and Brazil is a model for that."

    "So now we want to do more to innovate together, and our two presidents have launched path-breaking initiatives. President Rousseff's Science without Borders program will send 100,000 Brazilian students to the world's top universities to study science, technology, energy, and math - engineering and math, the stem subjects. And we've already welcomed 700 of those Brazilian students to the United States. We expect thousands more in the next few years. And the State Department is working with our extensive contacts in our higher education community to pave the way. We know that the students who are here today are studying at universities in 42 states, and many of their educational programs are supported by the private sectors from both of our countries. This program is an excellent complement to President Obama's educational initiative, which is called 100,000 Strong in the Americas. Our goal is to increase the numbers of Latin American and Caribbean students in the United States to 100,000 each year, and we want to send 100,000 American students to the region over the next 10 years as well."

    "I personally believe that having more interaction between our young people, going north to south, east to west within our hemisphere is one of the keys to that shared future. Educational exchange programs like these will help us prepare the workforce to give our students the skills, experiences, and relationships that a global economy requires."