He exchange of knowledge in order to improve the Brazilian vocational education has intensified the internationalization process of the Federal Network.  Nowadays, 38 Federal Institutes of Education, Science and Technology, two Federal Centers of Technological Education (Cefets) and Pedro II School adopt a strategy to integrate action to ensure mutual benefit and growth.

Within the Federal Network, internationalization represents a tool to exchange knowledge in the education of students, professors, staff and senior managers. In addition, it is a strategy of development of technological and vocational education. It is a wide process that involves the study of languages, management improvement and the preparation of the internal public for a new reality. It also encourages the expansion of cultures and the practice of solidarity among peoples.

Since 2008, partnerships with education institutions from over 30 countries opened opportunities for scientific and academic exchange as well as mobility, providing new experiences for students and staff. Thereby, the participation in projects of technical cooperation that promotes institutional development and the exchange of good practice reaches the world.

Partner countries: Canada, Portugal, United States, Ireland, China, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Norway, Finland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Cape Verde, Liberia, Angola, Namibia, Benin, India, Australia, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Timor-Leste, Sudan, Paraguay and South Africa.

Integrated Policies

The relations with other countries progress in a coordinated and integrated way, involving the Ministry of External Affairs (MRE), the Ministry of Education (MEC), Conif and the Federal Network Institutions.  Larger nationwide political actions are conducted by MRE and MEC.

Conif periodically defines the priorities of international relations actions with the technical support of a specialized consulting commission. It also prospects and articulates actions with national and international partners; proposes initiatives aimed at increasing the internationalization process of the Network; enables institutions to provide training and capacity building opportunities through partnerships with other countries; promotes the diffusion of the Network and its potential partners and supports the organization of international events. The Council also has the support of the Forum of International Relations Advisors (Forinter -  click here to access the members list), a forum that gathers all international relations advisors from the Federal Network institutions.

Some of the international actions of the Federal Network Institutions:

- promotion of student exchange and sharing of good practices;
- signature of MOUs in order to provide the development of vocational and technological education;
- consolidation of the Federal Institutes in the border areas;
- support of the French Researchers Program;
- increased cooperation with Latin America countries and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), as well as international organizations such as the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) and Unesco;
- expansion of training activities in partnership with the UK - Shadowing Program, Skills without Borders;
- Teacher Training Program
- and the training of managers and staff.

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