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Internationalization through collaboration - The Sweden-Brazil case in Aeronautics

An important aspect for internationalization is the context where it is embedded. The organic context for internationalization is mainly driven by internal, often individual, demands, e.g. based on specific interests of research groups and program boards. Internationalization at universities can also be driven by its collaborations with external partners, for example industry or government. This provides a context that has a direct impact in growth since the drive is naturally aligned to the needs of partners, representing different segments of the society. The demand for internationalization is, in this case, mainly external and with an approach based on relationships, e.g. between local and international partners, where the university has a key mediator role. Financing can be found both internally and externally. It requires higher institutionalization and centralization as the interactions with external partners are mainly performed at an institutional level. A context for internationalization based on collaborations presents key advantages:

• It is relatable to society and the external world. This is a key when attracting students, researchers and staff to take part in international activities.
• Due to its relatable nature, it is also easier to motivate the context when applying for funds and draw awareness from other stakeholders, thus increasing potential for spill over to other areas.
• Strategy is naturally adjusted to actual needs for competences and outreach by the other actors in the society.
• It is a naturally synergetic process, where university and partners can take advantage and co-financing is easier.

In this presentation, we will show how the industry-academy collaboration between Brazil and Sweden in Aeronautics is helping to catalyze academic collaborations between the countries. We will start with a historical perspective and context for the Aeronautics cooperation, then follow through its development and current status and structure, including the recently created High-Level Group, with participation of agencies, ministries, academies and industry of both countries. We will show the effects of the collaboration in the academy of Brazil and Sweden, with specific examples from Linköping University in terms of activities, instruments and management. We finalize the presentation providing an outlook with current challenges and opportunities.

André Bittencourt is an Assistant Professor and coordinator for Brazil relations at Linköping University, he is also Program Manager for the Brazil-Sweden R&D&I cooperation in Aeronautics at Innovair, the Swedish Strategic Innovation Program in Aeronautics.


André Carvalho Bittencourt    
Linköping University


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