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Profile of Partner Institutions


Coppe/UFRJ is the largest center for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering in Latin America. Since its foundation, in 1963, it has awarded more than 12 thousand master’s and doctoral degrees. Coppe has also carried out more than 10 thousand research projects, and has organized the outsourcing of technical services in cooperation with public and private companies and with civil society institutions.

Located at the University City of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Coppe has twelve graduate engineering programs in addition to four interdisciplinary areas. It has also 320 full-professors, 2.8 thousand students and 350 employees (among researchers and administrative staff). It has the country’s largest engineering laboratory complex, with 116 laboratories, where research projects are developed in different engineering fields.

Since 1999, Coppe’s Virtual International Institute for Climate Changes (IVIG) promotes interdisciplinary studies and research in cooperation with other universities and research centers. IVIG is an internationally known institute and it operates in three major areas: Climate Changes; Electricity Sector Changes, and Paradigm Changes in Science and Technology. Coppe’s Virtual International Institute for Climate Changes supports the Brazilian Forum of Climate Change, which is hea ded by Brazil’s President. The Institute also develops research at Coppe’s sophisticated laboratory complex.

Tsinghua University

Founded in 1911 and located in Beijing, Tsinghua University is the most important university in the engineering field in China. Today it consists of 14 schools and 56 departments in the fields of Science; Engineering; Humanities; Law; Medicine; History; Philosophy; Economics; Business and Administration; Education, and Arts. It has more than 25 thousand students, about half of which are enrolled in graduate courses.

Tsinghua University is the best Chinese engineering training center. It has a strong tradition of developing technology, especially in the energy area. China is internationally known for developing project technology and building gas-cooled reactors (GCR).

In 2007, the university established the Laboratory for Low Carbon Energy and Technology in response to the energy and environmental crisis. The aim of the laboratory is to develop sustainable technologies by focusing on energy sources that do not emit greenhouse gas.

The new laboratory is responsible for coordinating the activities of the laboratory complex established in the departments of Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Chemical Engineering and Material Science, and in the Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. The facilities and installations have a great infrastructure and represent the state-of-the-art in research and engineering development.