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Integrated actions for social engagement and innovation in the internationalization of higher education in the state of Maranhão.

The Network of International Affairs Offices of the Educational and Research Institutions of the State of Maranhão - ReINTER (Rede de Assessorias para Assuntos Internacionais das Instituições de Ensino e Pesquisa do Estado do Maranhão) was created by the Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Innovation (SECTI) by Ordinance nº 49/2016. ReINTER aims to coordinate and integrate the actions of international affairs advisors, to propose and implement a common agenda for international academic cooperation, to promote the exchange of information and experiences, to hold events related to international relations, and to publish an annual report with the state of art of international academic cooperation. Currently, ReINTER, in addition to SECTI, is composed of the following institutions: State Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Maranhão - IEMA; State University of Maranhão - UEMA; Federal University of Maranhão - UFMA; Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Maranhão – IFMA and Foundation for Research and Scientific and Technological Development of Maranhão - FAPEMA. In 2015, still in an embryonic stage, ReINTER carried out a survey with the associated HEIs regarding the existence of international cooperation agreements in force and in process; Agreements and programs, and the internal and external partners. In 2016, actions of a governmental program called Citizen of the World were implemented, which promoted international mobility for more than 100 participants from the several associated HEIs in Maranhão. High school, undergraduate and graduate students as well as teachers had the opportunity to engage in language courses abroad, internships and research in foreign HEIs. For 2017, ReINTER will have as its goal to: (1) double numbers of scholarships and the World Citizen Program for International Mobility; (2) universalize access to cooperation agreements among HEIs; (3) stimulate, de-bureaucratize and standardize the processes of validation of foreign diplomas in the associated HEIs; (4) accomplish teachers’ training in EMI (English as Means of Instruction); (5) plan and offer courses using EMI; (6) provide financial support for associated international relations offices; (7) increase participation of representatives in the main internationalization forums, such as, Nafsa, Going Global, EAIE; (8) publicize HEIs of Maranhão in the international scenario.

Author(s):

Virginia Maria Freire    
IFMA
Brazil

Thales Andrade    
UEMA
Brazil

Mauricio Sá    
FAPEMA
Brazil

Simone Costa    
IFMA
Brazil

Fabiana Moura    
SECTI/MA
Brazil

 

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