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Universia Conference and Visit to Rio & São Paulo. President Peter Salovey was one of the plenary speakers for the third Universia International Presidents Meeting, where he spoke before the presidents and other leaders of more than 1,100 universities mostly from Latin America although universities from around the globe were also well represented. During this weeklong trip to Brazil in July 2014, President Salovey developed relationships and formalized partnerships with leading universities and institutions including USP, UESC, and Fiocruz. He met with academic and government leaders to discuss collaborations between Brazilian and Yale researchers. President Salovey also had an opportunity to connect with Yale alumni and affiliates at a reception hosted by the Yale Club of Brazil.

Rio+20 Yale Delegation. In June 2012, more than 40 Yale students and professors traveled to Rio de Janeiro for Rio+20, the U.N.-led conference, where world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, and NGOs came together to discuss how to best pursue collectively a green economy and sustainable development. Members of the Yale contingent, predominantly from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, engaged in a wide variety of activities at the conference, supporting official delegations, leading workshops, and blogging about events.

Yale Weeks in Brazil (2007, 2008, and 2010). Yale Week in Brazil events promote Yale throughout the Brazilian business, civic, and educational sectors, as well as to prospective students and the general public. The Yale Office of International Affairs, in conjunction with the Yale Club of Brazil and the Brazilian Business School (BBS), organized lectures by Yale faculty, media interviews, school visits and presentations made by admissions officers, music concerts and alumni events. Faculty lectures and panels have been led by Garry Brewer, Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Resource Policy and Management; Nayan Chanda, Editor of YaleGlobal Online; Zhiwu Chen, Professor of Finance; K. David Jackson, Professor of Portuguese; Paul Kennedy, J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History; Robert Shiller, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics; Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs at the School of Management; Robert Storr, Dean of the School of Art; Edward Martenson, Professor of Theater Management; and Tom Masse, Associate Provost for the Arts.

Yale-Brazil Leadership Program. Reforming Brazil’s educational system was the focus of a leadership program, titled “Leading Educational Reforms: Empowering Brazil for the 21st Century,” held at Yale in April 2013 at the invitation of Lemann Foundation, a Brazilian non-profit organization focused on education. The 35 participants in the program included members of Brazil’s National Congress, state and municipal secretaries of education, officials from foundations and civil society organizations, and representatives of other stakeholders in Brazil’s education system.

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