In June 2009 I travelled to UFSC with Professors Mick Fuller and Malcolm Hart. Whilst there we visited the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB) and by the end of this visit we had our second partnership agreement. Videoconferences between staff at Plymouth University, UFSC and UFPB followed, bringing together more staff from an expanding range of disciplines to discuss collaboration.
Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) became our third partner, followed by the Federal University of Espiritu Santo (UFES). News of UBC’s network and student exchange program spread after the first four Brazilian students came to study at Plymouth with the help of further British Council funding. Yet more students and members of staff from marine science, engineering, social science and business studies were supported in their travel and research.
It has been a wonderful journey so far with many success stories.