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For more and better cooperation

The Pasteur Institute of Montevideo (IP Montevideo) and the Montevideo Group Association of Universities (AUGM) committed to promote regional mechanisms to increase and improve coordination in science and technology, and particularly in biotechnology, with the participation of universities, governments, companies and social organizations.

The agreement signed on Friday, June 1, in the Provost’s Office of the University of the Republic (Udelar, Uruguay) is a corollary of a series of approaches that started in 2017 in partner with the French Cooperation for Latin America.

Attending the signing ceremony were Luis Barbeito, executive director of IP Montevideo; the provost of Udelar Roberto Markarian and Gerónimo Laviosa, also president and vice president of AUGM, respectively. The event was also attended by Ricardo Ehrlich, president of the Board of Directors of the IP Montevideo; Leatitia Quilichini, regional cooperation partner of the Embassy of France in Uruguay; Marien Christine Charlieu, adviser of cooperation and cultural action of the same institution, and Álvaro Maglia, executive secretary of AUGM.

Credit: Ricardo Paiva

According to Barbeito, the agreement “helps actively the internationalization of training and scientific activities” because “in the new triangle [IP Montevideo, French Cooperation and AUGM] a series of specific activities were explored, including the participation of the institute in AUGM events. ”

As an institution dedicated to biology and biomedicine, articulating research, applications and training of human resources, the IP Montevideo organizes 8 to 10 highly specialized courses annualy, that aimed at PhD or post-doc students. “There is a quota of AUGM in these courses,” said Barbeito.

Laviosa, vice president of AUGM, said the agreement “allows strengthening the relationship” between the institutions that are part of the Montevideo Group, especially “considering the strategic objectives of AUGM, which is the solidary work and research among all the universities”.

“The Presidency and the Executive Secretariat [of AUGM] made the effort to sign this agreement with this prestigious institute to continue working and strengthening us as an academic research space of great value for our Latin American society”, Laviosa added.

Markarian, as president of AUGM, also explained that through this cooperation agreement, the IP Montevideo has access to a network of Higher Education institutions in the region. “Such is the case that the coordinator of the French Cooperation for Latin America [Leatitia Quilichin] told us that based on these agreements, they opened the participation of Bolivia in various Cooperation programs in partner with Universities of La Paz, member of AUGM, “he concluded.