The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD today led a major Enterprise Ireland education and technology mission that included 30 companies and education institutions to Brazil.
The mission, organised by Enterprise Ireland from 19 to 25 October, will coincide with a major higher education fair in Sao Paulo and Futurecom, the largest telecommunications, information technology and internet event in Latin America.
During that time Irish companies and education institutions will be working to increase Irish exports and deepen business and education links between Ireland and Brazil.
“Jobs are an absolute top priority for this Government, and increasing our export activity with the countries that will dominate the global economy in the 21st century, Brazil, Russia, India and China – BRIC economies, is a fundamental part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.
“This market offers tremendous potential for Irish businesses. On the education front, Ireland has the opportunity to develop an unprecedented relationship with one of the world’s leading economies through the Science without Borders programme. This year more than 1,200 Brazilian students have come to study at Irish higher education institutes as part of this scholarship scheme funded by the Brazilian government. Already this is significantly impacting on the Irish economy and could be worth up to €100m over the coming five years.
“This trade mission now gives our higher education Institutes the chance to increase these numbers further. Likewise, for the participating technology companies, the mission is about cementing and building on existing business links and opening new doors for increased export business and collaborative business ventures.”
The Minister’s schedule during the visit includes a series of meetings with the Brazilian minister for education Aloízio Mercadante, the Science Without Borders funding agencies, meetings with Irish companies and their Brazilian partners and customers, and a range of events to promote Irish education and business.