The Consul General, Consulate of Brazil in Lagos, Ambassador Francisco Soar Luz, called on stakeholders in the bilateral relations between Nigeria and Brazil to harness the opportunities of commercial, cultural and educational agreements for the benefit of the citizens.
He also appealed to the students of Lagos State University (LASU) to take advantage of scholarship opportunities offered by the South American country to further their studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Speaking at the LASU Center for Afro-Brazilian Studies (LASUCAS) 2021 Annual Lecture “Brazil/Nigeria: Historical Relations and Future Opportunities” recently, Luz highlighted the possibilities of scholarships in Brazil for eligible Nigerians.
“In the education sector, there is an agreement between Nigeria and Brazil that allows Nigerian students to come to Brazil on a scholarship and study for either undergraduate or postgraduate courses,” he said.
The undergraduate program is PEC-G, while the graduate program is PEC-PG. The Undergraduate Partner Program (PEC-G, by its Portuguese acronym) is a cooperation program between Brazil and countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The ambassador said his goal is to give young students from these countries the opportunity to undertake their full undergraduate studies in Brazilian universities.
He added that taking advantage of these opportunities would help realize the development potential of countries.
The Chair of the occasion, President Tego Phillips, emphasized that continued engagement between Nigeria and Brazil will lead to sustainable growth and development, while promising to support this effort.
“Nigeria has benefited from Brazil’s experience in infrastructure development and Brazil has benefited from Nigeria’s wealth of natural resources. It is imperative that Brazil and Nigeria continue to explore their common heritage, making it a solid foundation for collaborative efforts that will bring about sustainable growth and development for the two countries.”
“As diplomatic relations between Brazil and Nigeria enter their 40th year, we must seize the opportunity and overcome common challenges to advance the Brazil-Nigeria strategic partnership for mutually beneficial cooperation to new heights.”
In her remarks, LASU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ebiemi Olatunji Bello, said that the university would not only be useful in promoting Brazilian studies, but would become the reference in the study of topics about Brazil in Africa.
The University of Las Soiree was created, among other objectives, to serve as a creative custodian, promoter and promoter of the state’s social and cultural heritage and other resources. Therefore, LASUCAS was created to further this aim of the university.
The main objective of the Center is to participate in and promote in-depth research on the Brazilian cultural, archaeological and architectural monuments in Lagos Statip in particular and Nigeria in general.
It also aims to bring scholars, thinkers and policy makers from Brazil and other countries to Nigeria, providing them with an enabling environment to pursue their academic research on issues.”
She expressed her hope that the Center would grow into a reference and a recognized voice on Afro-Brazilian issues and one of the international faces of the Foundation.
Director of the Center and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Tayo Ajayi said that the lecture was part of the center’s efforts to improve the relationship between Nigeria and Brazil, while appealing to students to benefit from the scholarship offered by Brazil. Register for short programs at the center.
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