EUROSCI is offering its Brazilian partners the possibility of a new series of lectures on the EU and Brazil. Not only the language, but also the schedule and contents of the lectures will be adapted to the the needs of our partners and their students. Lectures will cover highly relevant issues such as trade, tourism, and development. European students of the Network have already welcomed the initiative and shown their willingness to learn Portuguese and share this experience with their Brazilian colleagues. Will our Brazilian partners be up to the challenge?
The EUROSCI Network has just opened a new site for the Chinese market. This is a long-term bet because at the momemt most of the technologies we use for our courses, such as Google, Youtube or Facebook, are still banned in China. But we welcome this step towards internet liberalisation by Chinese authorities and hope to be able to establish partnerships with universities in that country one day.
Today Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba has joined the EUROSCI Network. This is not only the first university of the Network in Brazil, but also the first one outside Europe. Brazil has been a strategic target for EUROSCI for a long time, as shown by the fact that we created a national centre with a dedicated website more than a year ago. UNIMEP's accession is also important for the redefinition of EUROSCI as a truly global network, and the first step in a direction that will be consolidated in the following months.
We are getting ready for the third edition of the Jean Monnet Open Online Course of European Integration, whose lectures are due to start in October. Valentyna Bohatyrets of Chernivtsi National University has been the fastest in getting her students registered, with 20 students in her group. Our traditional group in Chernivtsi led by Iryna Tkachuk is also foreseen, and we also know that there are colleagues trying to put groups together in Zhytomyr and Odessa. All these will join our traditional groups of students in Suceava and Iasi.