Yale, Banco Santander, and University of São Paulo extend partnership

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The signing ceremony was attended by executives of Banco Santander in the United States and Santander Universities Brazil; Maria Helena Penna, deputy consul general, and Fernando de Mello Barreto, consul general of Brazil; and Yale and University of São Paulo administrators and faculty.

Yale University, Banco Santander — through Santander Universities — and the University of São Paulo (USP) entered into a formal agreement on April 11 which expands an ongoing partnership in support of international education and research.

Santander Universities, which made its first grants to Yale in 2011, has committed new funding to allow Yale and USP to accelerate their global partnership through the Yale-USP collaborative. A joint Yale-USP committee will convene soon to develop and announce a process to apply for programs.

The mission of the Yale-USP collaborative is to foster global exchange and engagement of students, residents, fellows, and faculty between Yale University and the University of São Paulo in order to advance international exchange, build research capacity, and develop educational programs that will contribute to the academic missions of both institutions. Exchanges will focus on education, research, and clinical training in order to catalyze breakthroughs in areas of recognized global significance. The proposed program aims to make available support for travel, room and board, and to provide funding for select project or programmatic costs for students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty across Yale’s programs and departments, who participate in new projects with USP.

The agreement was celebrated with a formal signing ceremony on Yale’s campus attended by executives of Banco Santander in the United States and Santander Universities Brazil. Guests also included Maria Helena Penna, deputy consul general, and Fernando de Mello Barreto, consul general of Brazil, as well as Yale and USP administrators and faculty.

In signing the agreement, President Peter Salovey said, “The Universidade de São Paulo holds a special place for me personally — I remember so fondly my visit there in 2014. And I am delighted that this expansion of our universities’ alliance will enrich the lives of both of our academic communities, fostering vital collaborations in education, research, and clinical trials.”

“Researchers from Yale and the Universidade de São Paulo have a long tradition of cooperation in many areas of science, technology, and humanities,” said the Rector Marco Antonio Zago. “In addition, I’m sure that the number and quality of projects and initiatives that we will do together will increase in the near future, “

“Banco Santander is proud to promote and support this important international collaboration agreement between two Santander Universities partners,” said Ronaldo Rondinelli, director of Santander Universities Brazil. “Through investments in higher education around the world, we seek to mobilize the entire education value chain by supporting students, young professionals, teachers, researchers, administrative staff, and institutions.”

About Santander Universities

This new alliance between USP and Yale University is supported by Banco Santander in the context of the collaboration the bank maintains through Santander Universities with both institutions for several years.

Banco Santander supports education throughout the world (Report Varkey/UNESCO-Fortune 500) through Santander Universities. It maintains 1.200 cooperation agreements with universities and academic institutions worldwide. For more information visit: www.santander.com/universidades

About University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo (USP) is the largest education and research institution in Brazil. USP is ranked among the top universities worldwide and is widely considered the best university in Latin America. It caters to approximately 80,000 students and has 11 unities around the country. University of São Paulo is composed of seven campuses, 40 research units, five hospitals, five museums, five specialized institutions, and many other laboratories and centers. For more information visit http://www5.usp.br/english/?lang=en

Current Collaborations between Yale and USP

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residence Program

Since 1995, the Yale Child Study Center has had a longstanding relationship with colleagues in child mental health in Brazil. This relationship has included the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residence Program, an exchange program where faculty and residents from USP, the Federal University of Sao Paolo (UNIFESP), and Yale have worked on a number of issues related to child mental health. Most recently, a delegation from Brazil, including several members representing USP, participated in the Minding the Baby training program, an intensive home visiting intervention working with first-time young mothers and their families, sponsored by Yale’s Child Study Center and School of Nursing

Yale Department of Psychiatry and USP

An established partnership also exits between the Yale Department of Psychiatry and USP for the advancement of research related to neuroscience. Since 2011, psychiatry residents from USP have worked with Dr. Gerard Sanacora, professor of psychiatry and director of the Yale Depression Research Program, on collaborative approaches to better understand the neuroscience underlying major psychiatric illness and the process of translating this basic research into clinical care programs. To date, two residents from USP have worked with Sanacora on translational research related to mood disorders.

USP-Yale Partnership for Global Health

The newly launched International Training Center for Global Infectious Disease Research — headed by Yale faculty members Dr. Michael Cappello, and Dr. Elijah Paintsil, a former Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Scholar — seeks to build research capacity in resource-limited countries. Current training sites include Yale University, the University of Ghana in Accra, and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A fourth site is currently in development. For more information, visit http://www.ycci.yale.edu/community/globalcommunity/global_disease_research.aspx

Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI)

In 2013, Brazil sent a delegation to GHLI’s “Forum for Change” conference to devise novel strategies addressing problems in early childhood education. GHLI sent a fellow, Mary Weng, to help the delegation members implement their ideas back in Brazil. In July 2014, the delegation returned to Yale to continue the development of effective early childhood development programming in São Paulo, Brazil. The First Lady of São Paulo joined this second delegation to Yale. The goal of the conference and the forum is to work with delegations from various countries to develop strategies addressing identified priority health issues, in this case to convene key leadership and share knowledge that may enable improved early childhood care and education services throughout São Paulo.  In May 2015, Professor Lois Sadler from the Yale School of Nursing and GHLI intern Holly Robinson visited the University of Sao Paulo Schools of Nursing and Medicine to initiate discussions with researchers and faculty about Yale and USP’s mutual interests in early childhood development.  Many research groups, whose work ranged from the effects of violence on development to the promotion of resilience in teenaged mother, were eager to discuss possible future collaborations. For more information, visit http://ghli.yale.edu/

Fox International Fellowship Program

Yale and USP exchange a limited number of students from USP through the Fox International Fellowship, established to identify and support talented individuals who will be future leaders in their respective fields and who, by virtue of those leadership positions, will contribute to global policies and international relations. USP is one of 13 participating institutions in this two-way exchange. For more information, visit http://www.yale.edu/macmillan/fif/

Latin American Linkage Program and SELA at Yale Law School

Yale Law School has a number of significant programs that promote the study of law in Latin America, and with USP in particular. Over the years, its activities have developed into multi-faceted programs. Most notably, these include an annual faculty seminar held in the region (known as SELA) and a student exchange between Yale Law School and top law schools in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile (titled Linkages). Students involved in the Linkages Program focus on a wide range of areas including human rights, constitutional law, international law, and criminal law through participation in classes, meetings with professors, and workshops at both Yale and their respective universities, including USP. For more information, visit http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/linkageprogram.htm

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