Hard-to-Get US Visas May Draw Saudis to Brazilian Schools

Genetic engineering is a specialty Brazil can offer the Saudis The Brazilian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Isnard Penha Brasil Júnior, wants to make Brazil an option for Saudi students to do post-graduate courses in the areas of science and technology.

The diplomat started discussing with representatives of the governments of both countries and with other Brazilian institutions the possibility of exchange between Brazil and Saudi Arabia in the area of education.

The idea is for the Saudis to come to Brazil to do master's and doctoral studies in science and technology, and for the Arab country also to invest in Brazilian institutions that offer this kind of education.

Brazil, according to the ambassador, has a great education capacity in the area of science and technology. "We may present these opportunities, use our education capacity and receive from them investment in the area," stated Isnard.

Currently, the Saudis are facing difficulties in developing their studies in regions like the United States and Europe due to refused visas. These are the two main regions in which the Saudis used to complement their studies.

The ambassador's initiative is part of the efforts to increase exchange between Saudi Arabia and Brazil due to a free trade agreement to be signed between the Mercosur, the economic bloc that includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

The diplomat has already presented idea of educational cooperation to representatives of the GCC. "They found the idea interesting. I am going to discuss the matter with them again when I return," he said.

Isnard arrived in Brazil in January and is going to return to Saudi Arabia this weekend. He extended his stay in the country specifically to discuss actions between both countries regarding the treaty.

Isnard discussed the project with representatives of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the governments of the Federal District (the Brazilian Capital), São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Despite having visited the two southeastern states and the Federal District, the ambassador stated that nothing stops other regions of the country, like the Northeast, from participating in the project.

The diplomat, who is also the Brazilian ambassador to Oman and Yemen, believes that the Saudi interest should range from information technology to fibre optics, genetic engineering and agriculture in the semi-arid. The development of the semi-arid is one of the specialties of the Northeast.

"I have already kindled the idea. Now the sectors that may be interested should present their specific projects," stated the ambassador. The Saudi capital should work as a supplement to post-graduate education in Brazil.

To receive the Saudi students, however, the courses would have to be in English. Isnard believes that this will not be a problem. "Saudi post-graduate students speak English and Brazilian professors who work in science and technology do too," he said.

During his stay in Brazil, Isnard also discussed cooperation between Brazil and Saudi Arabia in other areas, like petroleum. He met with representatives of the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

"There is Saudi interest in partnerships with Brazil because they are turning their oil prospecting to deeper waters and Brazil has great experience in this area," he said. Brazilian oil company Petrobras is the world leader in the exploration of petroleum in deep waters.



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  • Neither gringo not brazileiro

    How many Brazileiros in the planes that hit the towers on 9-11? My point. They call it racial profiling when they arrest Mexican workers in Texas and would you feel comfortable sitting in a 747 with a Arab looking passangers on both isle seats? Racial profiling or not, I is just the reality of our times. The Saudis with all their money still in the middle ages when it comes to basic freedoms of religion and gender, and in addition, they hate our guts. Talking about hating and having become the ugly Americans, the stakes went way the hell up thanks to Mr. Bush. I travel all over the world, and other than some South and Central American Countries and Poland, no one really like us (Poland has no choice, with the Germans next door and the Russians above). I find myself defending the USA, not my goverment. Bush has made the world a lot less safe for Americans all over. Let’s do business with Brazil and buy their ethanol. So, if I ran out of fuel, a bottle of Cachaca or rum will get me to the next ethanol station.

  • Ric

    He lives in Switzerland, and his posts are only infallible under certain circumstances and with the proper authentications.

  • Alex

    I agree with imposing a higher visa deniability to Arab citizens. I also would like to see them refraining from going to Brazil. I would propose that they all go to live with ch. c and his family.

  • Ric

    Hard to understand
    Sometimes I have a little trouble putting 2 and 2 together, but just canÀ‚´t understand why Arab Musselman students wouldnÀ‚´t be welcomed into the USA with open arems. Surely there must be a mistake. Just another example of Brazil leading the way.

  • ch.c.

    What a joke ! In my view they will be much better off going……
    ….in the many Europeans Universities than the Brazilian ones !

    Here is my promise made to “A Brazikian” not later than yesterday. As he can see, I keep my promise….contrary to Lula !

    Jornal Hoje, a news program from Globo Television Network in Brazil, reported:

    A disappointing and perturbing performance. Brazilians revealed the worst results in a test that evaluated students of public and private schools from 32 countries. The results reveal that reading is not really the Brazilian adolescents’ strong point. In a private school in SÀƒ£o Paulo, most of the students read by obligation. Even so, some try to escape the task. There is a justification for so much disinterest. “I prefer to practice a sport.” They are an example of what happens to the most of the Brazilian students. Four thousand and eight hundred students from 15 of public and private schools participated in the International Program of Evaluation, responding to Sciences, Mathematics and Interpretation of Text matters. The Brazilian performance was very bad. The reading test was the most important in the general evaluation. The results revealed that more than 40% of the Brazilian students that participated in the tests were not able to understand what they were reading.

    The principal reason for the existence of a school institution is its ability to educate. In that ability, as the Jornal Hoje report says, public schoolsÀ¢€”and even private schools, that are usually much better than public institutionsÀ¢€”in Brazil are failingÀ¢€”losing the reason for their existence. But, as if that were not enough, there are also other serious issues. Violence in the Brazilian schools has increased so much that it has drawn attention from the United Nations, that prepared the book ViolÀƒªncia nas Escolas (Violence in the Schools), a paper written by UNESCO in 2002 to address exclusively the serious problems in the schools of Brazil. The book addresses everything that is happening at the Brazilian schools: violence against children, fights, sexual violence, use of weapons, robberies and thefts, assaults and other kinds of crimes. The study included public schools in several states of Brazil.”

    Doubtful then that Saudis in general who can afford the best of the best schools in will chose…..Brazil !!!!!!

    Sorry…..da OLiveira !!!!!!!! I am not connected in anyway to ….Globo Television ! Laugh….laugh….laugh !

  • Doggy Daddy

    What about the text books?
    Text books in English in Brazil? You have to be joking!!! The Ambassador is a little mis- informed if he thinks that the Brazilian teachers and prof’s are speaking english and give classes in english in high tech courses…..

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    diplomatic emunity for saudi students ?????
    So brasil knows more about deep well off shore than the north sea

    schools in brasil are not up to the what the Saudi want you would have to revamp the system as a strike by the teachers would not float .

    just weight till a sauid stands at a door till a brasilian opens it and then dives through it so he does not have to open it himself .

    also the reilogus fight is brasil ready to put a prayer rooms in all its schools or have speakers shouting out payers
    then the nature of muslem men hitting there women is worse than here in brasil

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