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02 April 2012
The University has hosted two high-level visits from ambassadors to the UK in a single day.
His Excellency Roberto Jaguaribe, Brazil’s ambassador to the UK, met staff and students to discuss the potential for building on the University’s existing links with Brazil. Meanwhile, His Excellency Daniel Taub, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, gave a lecture at the Students’ Union about international peace negotiations.
Ambassador Jaguaribe was welcomed to the University by Professor Hywel Thomas. His visit, supported by the Welsh Government and the Brazilian Honorary Consul for Wales, Dr Lolita Tsanaclis, aimed to identify future partnership opportunities.
The Ambassador met a number of academics with research links to Brazil. Dr Diego Vazquez, of Cardiff Business School has been researching bio-diesel value chains in Brazil, while Dr Peter Wells, of the same School, has worked on Brazilian sugarcane ethanol policy. Meanwhile Dr Colin Berry, of the School of Biosciences, is a visiting Professor at the University of Brasilia and has collaborated on the control of tropical diseases.
The Ambassador also met Brazilian students Virginia Marques, studying for a Doctorate in Business Studies and Thiago De Melo studying for an MSc in Physiotheraphy. He then visited the School of Engineering, where he was welcomed by Head of School Professor Karen Holford and Brazilian student Vitor Castro De Albuqurque Barros, studying an MSc in Electrical Energy Systems.
Cardiff is one of the approved Universities accepted for the recently-launched Science without Borders scholarship programme funded by the Brazilian Government. The agreement was brokered for Universities UK by Professor Colin Riordan, who will become Cardiff’s new Vice-Chancellor in the autumn. Cardiff will accept undergraduates and postgraduates from September under this scheme.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, has more than two decades of experience in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was extensively involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and a member of Israel’s team in the negotiations with Syria.
Ambassador Taub spoke at the Students’ union on "Between the Past and the Future: The Challenges and Responsibilities of Negotiating Peace". He then answered students’ questions in a session chaired by Professor Hywel Thomas.
Professor Thomas said: "These were two extremely productive visits for the University. Cardiff already has a number of strong research partnerships with Brazil, including the control of tropical diseases and energy production. The Science with Borders Scheme, brokered for the UK by our next Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, promises the opportunity to forge closer links with leading Brazilian universities and welcome more talented students to Cardiff. Our discussions with His Excellency Roberto Jaguaribe identified further areas for potential future collaboration. His Excellency Daniel Taub gave a fascinating insight into the highest level of diplomatic negotiations, which provoked a lively and informed discussion with our students."
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