Joint Degrees

What is a Co-tutelage?

How to develop and formalize Co-tutelage Agreement (initiated by the Federal University of Bahia)

Co-tutelage templates

How to develop and formalize a Co-tutelage Agreement (initiated by a partner university)

 

What is a Co-tutelage?>

The regulations governing postgraduate degrees leading to the granting of a simultaneous degree at the UFBA and the foreign university permit the concomitant attainment of doctoral or masters degrees at the two universities involved in the Co-tutelage Agreement. As such, Co-tutelage is defined as the situation whereby a student enrolls at postgraduate level in two universities simultaneously and, on completion of studies, obtains a double diploma. Co-tutelage is intended for students of both institutions involved, and conforms to the procedures described below.

In this sense, the prior existence of an International Cooperation Agreement between the two Universities is recommended, but is not a necessary condition, for the celebration of a Co-tutelage Agreement.

Resolution 01/06 of the UFBA de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação (UFBA Board of Research and Postgraduate Studies) establishes the provisions for the regulation of postgraduate studies, including dissertations and theses, with the simultaneous awarding of the degree at the UFBA and institutions in other countries (link para a Resolução)

Students enrolled under a Co-tutelage Agreement shall be governed equally by the law and standards of Postgraduate Studies at their home and partner institutions, stipulated in the Co-tutelage Agreement specific to each student, in order that the titles and diplomas simultaneous awarding of the diploma are valid.

At the UFBA, Co-tutelage is the academic responsibility of the Postgraduate Programs involved, who are responsible for the registration, monitoring, communication of information and results of the academic performance of the student.

The Postgraduate Program is also responsible for forwarding information to the Secretaria Geral dos Cursos (SGC) (General Course Secretariat) of the UFBA, the body responsible for the official academic record of the student, the award of the double diploma, and sending of relevant information to the convening foreign University, on the termination of the Agreement.

 

How to develop and formalize Co-tutelage Agreement (initiated by the Federal University of Bahia)

1) The student (PhD or Masters) submits a formal expression of interest to her/his supervising professor in the relevant Postgraduate Program;

2) The student´s supervising professor submits formal expression of agreement to the relevant Post-Graduate Program;

3) The interested parties (student and supervisor) contact a researcher at a foreign University (from an area and/or line of research compatible with the research project to be carried out - or which is already ongoing), consulting them regarding their interest in sharing the academic supervision of the project in question. The foreign researcher will indicate approval and agreement to receive the student for a predetermined period of study/research at the partner university.

4) Once acceptance has been obtained from the foreign researcher, the interested student must then:

a) Consult the AAI website and familiarize herself/herself with Resolution 01/2006 and download the template documents of the Co-tutelage Agreement (in Portuguese, for Portuguese speaking countries, or in bilingual version corresponding to the respective  working language of the partner university);

b) Fill in the information relevant to the academic portion of the document: in four copies in Portuguese, for Portuguese speaking countries, or four copies in bilingual version corresponding to the respective  working language of the partner university;

5) The supervisor and the student formally submit the Co-tutelage Agreement document to the UFBA Postgraduate Program for consideration by the Board (it is recommended to attach the correspondence with the foreign academic and other documents necessary for analysis and assessment by the Board);

6) The Board of the relevant Postgraduate Program issues its decision;

7) The Coordination body of the Postgraduate Program forwards a notification to the AAI, along with signed copies of the Co-tutelage Agreement (bearing the signatures of the student, the supervisor and the coordinator of the Postgraduate Program) in four copies in Portuguese, for Portuguese speaking countries, or four copies in bilingual version corresponding to the respective  working language of the partner university;

8) The AAI initiates the administrative process, and conducts an analysis and assessment of the submission.

9) The AAI forwards the documentation to the Setor de Convênios (UFBA Section for Agreements and Covenants), for formal approval.

10) The Setor de Convênios (Section for Agreements and Covenants) affixes its seal and forwards the submission to the Office of the President.

11) The President signs the Co-tutelage Agreement and sends it to the AAI.

12) The AAI forwards the documents to the partner university (Co-tutelage Sector or International Cooperation Office or supervisor) for consideration and signature by the competent authorities.

13). The partner University returns the original documents to the UFBA AAI, and the AAI forwards them to the relevant sectors.

 

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How to develop and formalize a Co-tutelage Agreement (initiated by a partner university)

For foreign student interested in conducting joint supervision with UFBA, the procedures are the same, and the process begins at their home university. We recommend early submission of the template of the Co-tutelage Agreement, for consideration by the International Cooperation Office (AAI) at the Federal University of Bahia. Once the template document is approved, the interested party must provide a translation of the document in Portuguese (a sworn translation is not required).

NOTE: The partner university and/or foreign student may, if they wish, request the UFBA Co-tutelage Agreement template (see above)

The procedure requires in four copies in Portuguese, for Portuguese speaking countries, or four copies in bilingual version corresponding to the respective working language of the partner university of equal content. They must be duly signed by the student concerned and by the appropriate authorities of your University (your supervisor, the Director of the Post-Graduate Studies program, and the President/Rector of the University).

The competent authorities of the home university may officially forward the Co-tutelage document directly to the UFBA supervisor or to the Coordination body of the Post-Graduate Program at the UFBA. These, in turn, after due internal procedures (submission and approval by the Board, signing by the supervisor and the Program Coordinator) forward the document, by way of official memorandum, to the AAI, which assesses the document and initiates the administrative process leading up to the signing of the document by the President (see step 7 in the above item) .

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