30 Apr 2015
Paraná launch of ‘Cities for the Future’

Australia’s mission launches in Curitiba publication “Cities for the Future”

Curitiba, capital of the state of Paraná – Brazil, welcomed on April 24 2015, the delegation of Australia’s mission in Latin America. In the event, the state of Paraná and the state of Victoria – Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding for exchange of actions and experiences in the area of education between the states. The Australian mission was led by the Minister of Training and Skills of Victoria, Hon Steve Herbert, and had the contribution of 39 professors and researchers.

During the event, was also launched the new publication of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme called “Cities for the Future” followed by the signature of a letter of intent between Victoria University and the Pontificia Universidade Católica (PUC-PR). The Director of International Partnerships and Development at RMIT, Saskia Loer Hansen, demonstrated in her presentation, the importance of the initiatives of the Global Compact – Cities Programme and its holistic and innovative approach, highlighting the currently existing sustainable alliances in Brazil, especially in Paraná.

The vice-governor of the state of Paraná, Cida Borghetti, said that Paraná was honored to receive the delegation and strengthen ties between Australia and Paraná:

“This agreement approaches governments, universities and industries of the two states, amplifies international opportunities for our state universities and, above all, is aimed to achieve the welfare of the people. We need to attract researchers and students from around the world, as well as provide our people in Paraná with the opportunity to go to other countries. “

The Secretary of Planning of the state of Paraná, Silvio Barros, stressed the importance of cooperation: “We have to think of this opportunity to partner among the states in the sense of what we can learn from each other, including the planning and development of sustainable and innovative cities. We are starting a new long-term planning cycle in Paraná, with the effective participation of civil society “. The secretary also highlighted areas of Paraná that can benefit from the partnership with the state of Victoria, including the automotive, forestry and agribusiness.

In the afternoon, four panels composed the meeting between Paraná and Victoria: Urban Planning and Regional Issues; Skills: Systems Developments that solves for industry needs; Water Management; and English Language and Distance Education.

The Australian delegation was constituted of Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Victoria University, La Trobe University, RMIT University, Deakin University, Monash University, University Federation of Australia, Swinburne University of Technology, LH Martin Institute, Chisholm Institute, Melbourne Polytechnic and Box Hill Institute.

It was also agreed that the researchers of Paraná’s mission will go to Australia in September, including the vice governor of the state and the secretary of Planning, to continue the process of compromises and exchange of experiences between the two states.

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