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Men-Tsee-Khang and UNIFESP Sign Agreement to Promote and Develop Educational-Scientific Cooperation

August 19, 2009
August 17 2009

Sao Paulo, Brazil -- The Dharamsala-based Men-Tsee-Khang (Tibetan
Medical and Astrology Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) and
the Sao Paulo-based Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) have
recently signed an important, formal agreement to promote and develop
educational-scientific cooperation in matters of reciprocal interest
to the two institutions.

The agreement was signed by Chancellor Prof. Dr. Walter Manna
Albertoni on behalf of the Federal University of Sao Paulo -- UNIFESP
and Dr Dawa, Director of the Tibetan Medical and Astrological
Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- Men Tsee Khang.

This is one of the first such agreements the Men-Tsee-Khang has
formally signed with the internationally recognized academic institution.

Under the agreement, the two institutions will promote and foster
exchange of faculties, researchers, and under-graduate and graduate
students; carry out joint educational-scientific programs or work;
cooperate in planning and conducting research of reciprocal interest;
and jointly publish the results achieved in consequence of the activities.

This joint initiative between the UNIFESP and Men-Tsee-Khang was
initially launched during the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to
Brazil in April 2006, during which the UNIFESP in collaboration with
the Sao Paulo-based Palas Athena Association organized two public
lectures of His Holiness on 'Wisdom and Compassion' and 'Science and
Spirituality'.   During the visit, an initial letter of intent was
signed between the then Chancellor of the UNIFESP, Dr. Ulysses
Fagundes Neto,  and Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to
the Americas, Mr.Tashi Wangdi.

Since the signing of the letter of intent, the TGIE's Liaison Officer
for Latin America, Tsewang Phuntso, organized the visit of Dr. Elisa
Kozasa (a researcher at the UNIFESP who has taken special interest in
the project) to Dharamsala to facilitate direct interaction with the
officials of Men-Tsee-Khang.

Similarly, Dr. Pema Dorji and Dr. Namgyal from Men-Tsee-Khang were
separately invited to visit UNIFESP in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2007 and
2008 to conduct an introductory course on Tibetan Medicine to the
faculties, researchers and post-graduate students.
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