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Brafitec is a programme co-financed by the CAPES (Brazilian government agency) and the CDEFI (Conference of the Directors of French Engineering Schools).
Cooperation between Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, to which the two engineering schools ISIMA and Polytech’Clermont are affiliated, and the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte (UFMG) was established by a framework agreement signed by both institutions in 2001.
In 2012, the Brafitec exchange programme between ISIMA-Polytech Clermont and UFMG (N08) ended after four years. During that time, the programme helped 47 students do an exchange (12 from ISIMA, 6 from Polytech and 29 from UFMG). In September 2012, a new project was submitted and approved for four years (project 146/13) with the same partners wishing to continue the student exchange programme within a coordinated bilateral framework.
Brazil and ISIMA
The Brafitec exchange programme was specifically extended to ISIMA in 2013 through a double degree agreement signed with UFMG. Brazilian students can come to study at ISIMA during their second and third year and will obtain the ISIMA computer engineering degree in addition to their Brazilian degree. ISIMA students will get to spend a year of study in Brazil and obtain a joint degree on successful completion of their period abroad.
This exchange programme benefits from the partners’ extensive experience in scientific and technical cooperation. These research exchanges, supported by the successive CAPES-COFECUB, INRIA-CNPq and CNRS-CNPq programmes, were first established in 1994 and have resulted in about 30 bilateral exchanges and nine Doctorate/Doutorado theses, including three joint supervised.