Morgan State University recently announced that it has been named among 14 colleges and universities across the U.S. to participate in a one year Brazilian exchange program. Morgan is one of only two historically black colleges selected by the Institute for International Education’s (IIE) International Academic Partnership Program to take part in the project, which will guide campuses in establishing research transfer, student exchange and faculty collaboration between the United States and Brazil.

”We are excited to continue our efforts to pursue partnership opportunities with Brazil and its institutions of higher education,” Morgan President David Wilson said in a statement.

“This partnership provides new exposure for Morgan and our students while sharing some of the best practices of each of the schools participating. It makes Morgan a major player in the evolving global community,” added Dr. T. Joan Robinson, Morgan’s provost and vice president of academic affairs.

IIE’s 2013 Brazil Initiative will guide the campus representatives through a strategic planning process in the current academic year, preparing them to form partnerships with institutions in Brazil. This group will also benefit from the experiences of a previous delegation of high-level officials representing 18 U.S. higher education institutions that IIE led to Brazil in April to meet with potential partner campuses and learn about Brazilian higher education.

IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman said, “At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation.”

Besides Morgan State University, the other participating U.S. campuses are: Arizona State University, Ball State University, California State University – Long Beach, Central College, Fort Hays State University, Indian Hills Community College, Parsons The New School for Design, Savannah State University, SUNY Plattsburgh, The University of Tulsa, Washington and Jefferson College, Webster University, and Western Michigan University.

Morgan is also a lead institution with the State Department-supported HBCU Alliance, a collaborative network of historically black colleges with partnerships supporting student and faculty exchanges with universities in Brazil. A Memorandum of Understanding between HBCUs in the U.S. and Brazil’s Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) calls for increased cooperation and exchanges between educational institutions in the two countries.