This student exchange program among four universities will provide an educated workforce capable of operating in the international research environment and in a global market.
The Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla is the lead U.S. university. The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) is the other U.S. partner in the consortium. The lead university in Brazil is the Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) in Fortaleza, and the second university is Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).
This educational exchange will help the US and Brazil prepare a new cohort of leaders who are prepared for and comfortable with working in the international arena. The U.S.-Brazil Consortium for Sustainable Drinking Water Studies project provides American and Brazilian undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and business the opportunity to add a thematically-focused multi-disciplinary international dimension to their academic training. The focus of the exchange is to:
This study abroad program is funded by the FIPSE-CAPES program, jointly administered by the U.S. Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the Brazilian Ministry of Education (known as CAPES). The U.S.-Brazil Consortium for Sustainable Water Studies project will allow a successful international alliance to be achieved by understanding educational, technical, cultural, and language differences between the two countries.
One of the most serious health problems in developing areas of the world today is the lack of sustainable supplies of safe drinking water. The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals call for the reduction by 50 percent of the number of people who do not have sustainable access to safe drinking water. The World Health Organization(2005) describes a "high-disparit(y)" of rural inhabitants of Latin America (28 percent) who are poorly served in terms of access to safe water.