On behalf of Connected Scotland British Council and Scottish Development International commissioned some market research on Brazil, specifically for the Scottish higher education sector.
The scope of this research was to provide Connected Scotland with an overview of the Brazilian higher education sector, including key stakeholders, priority for governments and industry, and the regulatory environment. The scope also included an analysis of current Scottish and UK activity in Brazil and recommendations for how Connected Scotland could best support the sector in this important market.
The report also details information about partnering with researchers in Brazil and the main sources of funding of research and development and innovation. Connected Scotland partners hope that this will provide the sector with a useful overview of the opportunities for collaboration.
A core component of the report is the set of recommendations for Connected Scotland partners about how we engage with Brazil. A summary of these recommendations can be found below.
- A collective approach should focus first on research collaboration and PhD mobility opportunities, not on recruitment.
- Activity should leverage the benefits of a collective, Connected Scotland approach.
- Connected Scotland should use the Research Pools as the lead/spearhead for this engagement.
- Connected Scotland should help organise, fund and facilitate thematic workshops as the basis of this engagement.
- Connected Scotland should help more effective engagement with companies and industry, in Brazil and Scotland.
- Connected Scotland should consider providing a shared in-market dedicated resource.
- Connected Scotland should organise a high-level delegation to introduce the idea of Connected Scotland and the Research Pools at a funding agency level & to initiate above activity.
Connected Scotland partners are now working with Universities Scotland’s International Committee and the Brazilian Working Group to decide how these recommendations should be taken forward.