CAC Representatives visit UFBA Brazil

CAC Representatives Visit Brazilian University

In order to solidify the recently signed cooperative agreement between Central Arizona College and Universidad Federal de Bahia, two College representatives recently traveled to Salvador, Brazil to visit the university.

For a week in mid-May, Debra Foster, Professor of Speech Communications, and Phillip Tompkins, Interim Associate Vice President of Student Affairs traveled to Salvador to meet with UFBA representatives in order to discuss all aspect of the recently signed 2012/2013 UFBA/CAC Student/Faculty Exchange Agreement. Foster and Thompkins' trip was coordinated by Professor Felippe Ramos, who taught at CAC as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar during the Spring Semester of 2011.

Topics of discussion included visiting CAC student and faculty accommodations, as well as the course of study for CAC students and the teaching assignments for visiting CAC professors. CAC and UFBA representatives also talked extensively about common goals and long term possibilities of the exchange program. In addition, Foster and Tompkins traveled to the Federal University of Sergipe, in Sergipe, Brazil, to explore the potential of forming a partnership with UFS in the future.

Members of UFBA that Foster and Tompkins met with included: Professor Ana Rosa Neves Ramos, Director of the International Office; Professor Maria Salete, Dean of College of Undergraduate Studies; Professor Luis Edmundo Prado de Campos; Morjane Armstrong, Assistant to Professor Tania Fischer, Coordinator of the Center for Social Management; and Professors Ruthy Lomido and Denise Vitale, from the Laboratory of World Political Analysis.

Foster and Tompkins both agreed that the trip provided a good deal of information for the upcoming exchanges, which includes two UFBA coming to CAC for the fall of 2012 and two CAC students and one faculty member traveling to UFBA for the spring semester of 2013.

When asked about the trip, Tompkins said, "We learned that many UFBA students share the same characteristic of our students."

Mercado Modelo
Felippe Ramos, Debbie Foster, and Phillip Tompkins at Mercadoi Modelo

Faculty/Student Meeting
Debbie Foster and Phil Tompkins meet with students and faculty from Universidad Federal de Serjipe

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Universidad Federal de Bahia

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Phil Tompkins and Debbie Foster meet with UFBA faculty members Faizzio Cedraz Gaspar, Felippe Ramos, and Luis Edmundo Prado de Campos

UFBA Meeting
Victor de Silva Pinto, Felippe Ramos, Ana Rosa Neves Ramos, Phil Tompkins, and Debbie Foster

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UFBA Department of Bio-Engineering Research

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