UA Walton College, Brazilian Business School Reach Exchange Program Agreement

An agreement between the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Fucape Business School in Brazil will establish an exchange program for faculty and students and other opportunities for collaboration.

Dean Eli Jones of Walton College and and Dean Arilton Teixeira of the Fucape School signed the agreement of cooperation and exchange. In addition to faculty and student exchange programs the two entities will work together on research, seminars and other collaborative activities.

“The agreement with Fucape Business School establishes a framework for programmatic collaborations that will build on the strengths of both institutions,” said Dean Jones. “Our globalization strategy includes the emerging markets. Brazil is a growing, important part of the global economy, and the signing of this document further cements the Walton College’s commitment to being a leader in international business education and research. I appreciate the Walton College Global Engagement Office — particularly Amy Farmer and Joe Ziegler — for their work on forging the relationship with Fucape.”

Fucape Business School, which began 12 years ago and is considered a Top 10 college in Brazil, has 1,700 students. Business majors offered include law, accounting, management and economics. 

Teixeira said there was the potential for Walton College students to learn Portuguese and to secure internships with companies in Brazil while studying at Fucape.

“International experience is very important in the labor market now,” he said.

Teixeira also said he saw great opportunity for faculty from both schools to cooperate on research and teaching. “The potential for building a bigger research network is great and will benefit Walton and Fucape professors,” he said.