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REBRALINT - A bilateral approach to international cooperation in global times

The “Science without Borders” program stimulated the signing of innumerable cooperation agreements of Brazilian HEIs with international HEIs. Between 2012 and 2015 the number of agreements between German and Brazilian HEIs increased from 250 to 568 cooperation agreements. However, two years later, no relevant impact on the Brazilian-German cooperation has been measured in real terms.

The recipe to a successful exchange, cooperation and internationalization may not lie in massive programs and in an unmanageable number of partners. The new network REBRALINT defends a bilateral, practice-approved, and applied perspective in global times. The network incorporates professors already engaged and experienced in the bilateral cooperation with German partners. The members have shown commitment to cooperation initiatives of their respective universities with German partners, have experience in intercultural issues and show great willingness to advise new cooperation and give relevant information on existing exchange programs. REBRALINT intends to facilitate access to exchange programs between Brazil and Germany, to intensify and disseminate information, ideas and experiences, and to identify, highlight and integrate those already involved in scientific cooperation. Furthermore, the network will provide a space for interaction, discussion and dissemination of ideas and projects and establish a permanent link between the DAAD and the Brazilian universities, thus, increasing the effectiveness in providing information to universities.

The purpose of this paper is not only to present the main characteristics and objectives of this new pioneer network of researchers in Brazil that plans an innovative methodological approach, but also to discusses the advantages and challenges of an explicit bilateral initiative based on individual and voluntary engagement.


Martina Juliane Schulze    
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service

Gabriela Marques-Schäfer    


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