The CDEA, is a new scientific center for education, research and information in German and European subjects, based at PUCRS and UFRGS, with a five-year, renewable, tenure. This center supports 20 post-graduate programmes in these two universities, encouraging a new generation of Brazilian scientists and researchers in interdisciplinary studies, focusing on current themes of European and German interest, within a Brazilian and/or Latin American context, entering into an existing network of 20 European and German Centers in the world.
The CDEA has a clear structure. The Director and the Deputy Director, both German speakers (with a mandate of 5 years in an alternating executive, positions being swapped after 2.5 years), the Committee of Scientific Executives (with three well-established researchers from each partner university) and the Consultative Committee (“Beitrat” in German) with the Rectors, Vice-Rectors and the DAAD representative from office in Rio de Janeiro. Other committees may be created as well as a supporting secretariat.
The DAAD endowment is for a period of five years, with the potential for renewal and with a strong probability of 10 years funding and support, allowing for long-term planning and international insertion of the post-graduate programmes and students. The CDEA may receive support from other development institutions, partner universities and companies for specific research, networks or programmes, helping to ensure the continuity of the center.
The CDEA will bring together a large number of researchers – 58 of whom are those responsible for setting up the new center from UFRGS and PUCRS, with part or all of their studies, which may be carried out in Germany, being related to the center’s themes; not prejudicing other researchers who may join and participate in the development of the project.
20 post-graduate programmes are participating in the project, of which 10 are from UFRGS and 10 from PUCRS, namely:
The main objectives of the CDEA are: