By Nathan M. Walters, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Canadian Governor General, His Excellency David Johnston, arrived in Rio Wednesday following his meeting with President Rousseff in Brasilia Tuesday.  Johnston spoke to a full crowd at Gavea-Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) Wednesday morning, delivering a speech focused on increased cooperation between Canada and Brazil.

President Rousseff receives the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
President Rousseff receives the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, photo by José Cruz/ABr.

The speech focused on the recent announcement that Canada will welcome 12,000 Brazilian students to Canadian universities in participation with Rousseff’s Science Without Borders program.  

This exchange is hoped to further what Johnston referred to as the “Diplomacy of Knowledge,” an objective Johnston said is achievable through “collaboration, cooperation, and communication.”

The Governor General highlighted a few reasons why the student exchange with Canada is an exciting opportunity for Brazilian students, including: the language and culture opportunities in Canada (a French and English speaking country) and the Canadian government intention to work with visiting students to find internship opportunities in Canada after their study.

During his message Johnston reiterated a point first raised during his talk with Rousseff, “the world needs Brazil to be successful.”  Johnston spoke of Canada’s commitment to helping Brazil achieve this success, including the country’s sharing best-practices from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver to celebrating Brazil’s strides in successful social programs, notably Bolsa Família and Mulheres Mil (“Empower 1000 Women”).

Johnston’s focus on creating a stronger partnership with Brazil in the area of innovation and education demonstrates that Canada remains committed to working with Brazil in the navigation of the challenges and opportunities of the next decade.

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