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USQ extends hand of friendship to Brazilian universities

Amauri Bogo (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina); Haroldo Reimer (Universidade Estadual de Goiás); Professor Talal Yusaf (USQ), Aldo Nelson Bona (ABRUEM), Fabrício Eumar de Sousa (Centro Universitário de Mineiros), Vanessa Riberio (Australian Embassy in Brazil), and Claudio José de Almeida Mello (Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste)
USQ’s wide-ranging research expertise has attracted a delegation of international universities to Toowoomba to find ways to work together in the future.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie welcomed leaders from four universities in Brazil, each sharing research interests with USQ across numerous fields.

“I welcome the opportunity to expand USQ’s network of collaborative partnerships and industry links in research areas of global significance,” Professor Mackenzie said.

In addition to meeting with Professor Mackenzie, the group was introduced to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Mark Harvey, Executive Director (USQ International and Development) Professor Talal Yusaf, and Director (Research Training and Development) Professor Peter Terry.

The delegates also met with USQ Research teams and toured the facilities.

The visit is part of a combined approach between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Queensland Government and ABRUEM (Associação Brasileira dos Reitores das Universidades Estaduais e Municipais).

It’s seen 14 universities, represented by university Vice-Chancellors and executives, visit Queensland to explore research collaboration opportunities.

The university delegates which aligned with USQ’s research interest spent the day (October 18) at USQ Toowoomba, including Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC), Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste (UNICENTRO), Universidade Estadual de Goiás (UEG), and Centro Universitário de Mineiros (UNIFIMES).

Research fields of interest at USQ for the Brazilian delegation included Agronomy and Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity, Food Engineering, Sports, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Education, Robotics, Biomedicine, Biotechnology of micro-organisms, Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Professor Mackenzie said the visit was an example of USQ’s international footprint.

“Not only do many of our staff and students join us from around the globe, but we also have an international reach when it comes to our research profile and impact,” she said. 

“USQ will continue to be an organisation that is steadfast is its focus on its communities in Toowoomba, Springfield, Ipswich, Stanthorpe, state-wide, nation-wide, and around the world.”
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