Instituto Technológica de Aeronáutica (ITA) was founded by the Brazilian Air Force. It is a leading institute of higher education in Brazil. ITA has a strong connection with the aviation industry, and it receives about 8000 applications from new students each year.
Following a demanding entrance examination, only 140 of these candidates are admitted. ITA is located in São José dos Campos, between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where Embraer’s head office and assembly line are also situated. Embraer is one of the largest employers of ITA graduates, and a substantial part of the institute's research work is commissioned by that company.
History of collaboration
The University of Twente (UT) and ITA, the Aeronautics Institute of Tecnnology (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica) have a long standing history together. Besides sharing staff member – the UT has several ITA graduates amongst its staff-, research collaboration has existed for more than a decade. Most research focusses on Mechanical Engineering. ITA being the lead educational? institute for aerospace technologies in Brazil, the focus is clearly on aerospace-related domains.
ITA is also a partner in education. Students have been travelling to and from ITA and the UT for some 15 years on an individual basis. At the start of 2015, however, the UT and ITA signed a double-degree agreement. Students can now graduate with a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and a degree Aeronautical Engineering from UT and ITA, respectively. This double degree programme is one of the concrete outcomes of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutes signed in September 2014.
Memorandum of Understanding for academic and scientific cooperation
Agreement on Dual Degree Master Programme in Mechanical Engineering
Support facilities for cooperation
Collaborating with ITA and sharing knowledge and resources with this university is an important part of UT’s mission. Therefore, UT launches a yearly call for proposals to stimulate collaboration with the ITA. The aim of this call it to stimulate synergetic collaboration resulting in a strong strategic partnerships with the ITA.