May 5, 2012 - The CAIE 2012 was the second edition of the Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE), an initiative with Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - DFAIT support, which brought together approximately 600 delegates from over 30 countries to discuss the topics of academic mobility, collaboration and Inter-American dialogue. This also included a delegation of 30 university Presidents members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), which was led by His Excellency the Governor General.
The conference was a key component of the successful visit of the Governor General of Canada to Brazil and took place in a favorable context of cooperation between the two countries, reconfirming the strength of the Canada-Brazil bilateral relationship. Canada and Brazil are important partners, both seeking strategic bridges in the education field, such as a deeper involvement in the Brazilian flagship ‘Science without Borders’ initiative (SWB), in which Canada would be hosting 12,000 places for Brazilian scholarship recipients (placing Canada as Brazil's second largest partner after the United States). The conference also allowed for opportunities of Canadian cooperation with key partners in the Caribbean and Latin American countries.
Canada is recognized as a leader and an attractive partner by the Inter-American market. The conference was provided a forum to facilitate substantial new partnerships in international study and research, strengthened academic and industry linkages and contribution to the economic prosperity of all countries in the Americas, including Mexico, a key Canadian partner and which will host the third Conference of the Americas.