USJ signed MOU with the Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC)





A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) and Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) to establish and consolidate strategic alliances between the two universities.

The Head of the Department of Business Administration of the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) Faculty of Business and Law, Prof. Alexandre Lobo, visited the Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) of Brazil on August 31, 2022.

During the visit, Professor Lobo visited the Confucius Institute of the UFC in the city of Fortaleza at the Campus of Pici Prof. Prisco Bezerra, where the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed to establish and consolidate strategic alliances between the two universities.

This collaborative partnership benefits institutions, teachers and students and provides an opportunity to promote academic exchange and cooperation in various areas, such as academic programmes in Economic Development, Administration, Chinese Language and Culture, Environmental Sciences, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

The MOU will consolidate strategic alliances between the two universities, including activities already being developed between the universities, such as joint research, supervision of dissertations and theses, exchange of information in the form of publications and journals, other teaching and research results and also establishes the mobility of technical and administrative staff, visits and joint organization of events.

Last but not least, USJ launched a research project with UFC and Brazil’s Instituto da Primeira Infância, based in Fortaleza, aimed at lending a helping hand to needy families “subject to chronic stress” under the USJ’s new laboratory of applied neurosciences. Furthermore, USJ has also launched a joint project with the UFC and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, to use artificial intelligence to interpret and classify people’s reactions automatically.

Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC)  was created by the Brazilian Law No. 2,373 on December 16, 1954, and installed on June 25 of the following year. Headquartered in Fortaleza, the Capital of the State, UFC is well known and a reference of the Higher Education system of Ceará. Its operations are based on the entire territory of Ceará to meet the different scales of society’s demands. UFC, which for over 65 years has been committed to serving the region without forgetting the universal character of its production, arrives today with practically all areas of knowledge represented on its campuses.