The president of Brazil’s Research Council for the State of São Paulo (FAPESP), Celso Lafer, received the title of Doctor of the University from the University of Birmingham.
Lafer was recognized for his leadership in promoting cooperation in scientific research.
Under his presidency, FAPESP has become an increasingly important international player in research funding and cooperation. To date, the foundation has started over 90 cooperation agreements with universities, research councils and businesses in 20 countries.
In 2011 FAPESP established a jointly funded agreement worth £480,000 with the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham, to support research collaboration between them. A second round was launched in 2013.
According to the University of Birmingham, this agreement is one of the cornerstones of the university’s “successful engagement with Brazil, and contributed to the institution receiving the Outstanding International Strategy Award in the 2014 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).”
Celso Lafer has a distinguished history in Academia and in public service, having served twice as Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations. He was also Minister of Development, Industry and Trade, and Brazilian ambassador to the World Trade Organization. He has published 30 books.
For information in Portuguese: http://agencia.fapesp.br/19430