Florida Tech Signs Agreement with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

MELBOURNE, FLA. – Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering has signed a five-year agreement with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro for exchanges, research and collaboration.

Both parties agreed to encourage the exchange of professors and graduate students; establish joint research projects; allow collaboration in seminars, workshops, conferences and other academic meetings; and to develop funding opportunities to provide financial support for master and doctoral exchange students in engineering, including computer sciences and oceanography.

“I am very happy to see this agreement come to fruition,” said Harris Professor of Electrical Engineering and Florida Tech College of Engineering Dean Fred Ham. “We have had a very positive relationship with the Pontifical Catholic University in the past and I believe this strengthens the bond and will provide many opportunities to do more together.”

The agreement was signed by President Anthony J. Catanese and Executive Vice President/COO T. Dwayne McCay from Florida Tech, and Pontifical Catholic University Rector Josafá Carlos de Siqueira, S.J.

Students from the Rio de Janeiro university have attended and are currently enrolled in Florida Tech through Brazil’s Science Without Borders program, which sends Brazilian engineering students to the United States for an extra enrichment year.

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