The internationalization actions implemented during the last years resulted in 47 (forty-seven) formally affiliated institutions, through agreements, covenants, terms and intent protocols, programs of credit recognition, double degree and co-tutored thesis. Among these partner institutions, several are universities of excellence in Agricultural Sciences, according to the following rankings: Times Higher Education (THE) and QS World University, like Wageningen, Illinois and Purdue. Thus, the choice of the partners has as first criteria the adherence to the research lines developed by PPG’s participants with the expertise of the partners institutions. Besides that, the partnerships already existing were analyzed and that needs to be expanded and/or consolidated. To the accomplishment of this analysis, it was taken into consideration the institutions with whom UFLA holds the biggest international collaborations, through the publication of scientific articles, the collaboration in research and in the mobility of students and professors.
The policy of foreign partners has also taken into consideration the impact of the science made in these countries and institutions and, in the current context, the tradition of collaboration between Brazil and these countries. For instance, it is possible to verify that EUA, England and France are between the 4 (four) countries in which Brazil has most invested in graduate scholarships during the last years. Other criteria are the counterpart of these countries to UFLA, like the case of the agreements made with France and the tuition waiver offered by the U.S.A institutions. In this sense, a few institutions have already been defined by the Commission responsible for the elaboration of this proposal, after the manifestation of the PPGs involved, like the Universities from Florida, UC Davis, Wageningen (Netherlands), Illinois, Purdue, Lancaster, Wisconsin and INRA (France), among others from the countries attained in the Annex 1 from the PrInt public call. Therefore, 70% (seventy per cent) of the financial resources are destined to these partnerships. Besides that, part of the resources can be used with institutions from other countries that have centers of excellence in complementary areas in Agricultural Sciences. Thus, it is applied the “intersection of ideas” that can result in the real concept of “path-breaking innovations”, promoting a multidisciplinary technology innovation.