New opportunities are opening up for Sheffield to forge links with one of the world’s fastest growing economies following a visit to the city by Brazilian Ambassador Robert Jaguribe.
Sr Jaguribe came to the city at the invitation of former Sheffield Central MP Richard Caborn, to learn about the way academics are working with business in advanced manufacturing and sports technology.
Brazil, whose economy has been growing six times faster than the UK’s, is seen as a leading potential export market and has ambitious plans to boost links between science and industry.
Part of those plans involve a $US 3 billion (£1.9 billion) programme called Science Without Borders to fund the education of Brazilian students at universities abroad.
“We intend to send 10,000 students to the UK. You are extremely well placed to receive a number of Brazilian students here,” Sr Jaguribe told The Star.
“There is a very good interaction between research and industry in a number of places around Sheffield.
“This is something we desire to increase in Brazil significantly.”
During his time in Sheffield, Brazil’s ambassador visited the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre For Sport and Exercise Science.
Sr Jaguribe said he had been impressed by the way the AMRC connected engineering, science and manufacturing and added that Brazil was interested in establishing its own versions of the new “Catapult Centres” launched by the UK.
Catapult Centres are designed to help businesses benefit from using cutting edge technology in products and processes.
They include a centre dedicated to high value manufacturing, which includes the AMRC and Nuclear AMRC on South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Park.
With the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games due to be held in Brazil, the Ambassador said he was also keen to explore the potential for increased interaction between Brazil, the UK, Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University in the field of sports and sports science.