IU president participates in U.S. state visit by Brazil President Dilma Rousseff

  • June 30, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie today attended a U.S. State Department luncheon for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, the first woman to lead the South American nation of more than 200 million.

McRobbie attended as the guest of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, who participated via a video in the 2013 inauguration of the IU School of Global and International Studies.

While Rousseff is expected to discuss climate change and the environment with the Obama administration during her visit to Washington, she also has developed a comprehensive agenda to advance cooperation on several issues, including education, science and technology.

In November 2012, McRobbie traveled to Brazil to explore academic partnerships, study abroad opportunities for students and faculty research opportunities. He inaugurated IU’s Brazil chapter of the IU Alumni Association. IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel led a similar visit last fall.

Nearly 115 students from Brazil, including 75 undergraduates involved the Science Without Borders program, were enrolled at IU in 2014-15. Three dozen visiting scholars from Brazil joined them at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Today, IU has more than 400 living alumni from Brazil.

IU has official partnerships with several Brazilian universities, including the University of San Paulo and the University of Campinas. It also has a formal relationship with the Brazilian Academy of Letters to exchange faculty members.

IU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, founded in 1963, has many nationally prominent scholars representing 30 disciplines. The more recently established Brazilian Studies Program has strong roots at IU and continues to foster interdisciplinary research to bridge the social sciences and humanities. IU also has extensive library collections, including the Lilly Library’s sizeable collection of Brazilian materials, and renowned research institutes for this region.

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IU President Michael McRobbie attended today's State Luncheon for Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, left, hosted by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right | Photo by Roberto Stuckert Filho/PR

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