The Department of Informatics  of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), and aQuantum sign a Collaboration Agreement for the joint realization of R&D in the area of Quantum Software Engineering and  Programming, as well as promoting aQuantum training activities in these areas in Brazil. In order to carry out the research and training activities provided for in the Agreement, the DI (PUC-Rio) becomes an “Academic Partner” and “Research Partner” of the aQuantum Partner Network (aQNetwork).

PUC-Rio was the first private higher education institution in the country, created by the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1940 by Cardinal D. Sebastião Leme and Father Leonel Franca S.J. Its main campus is at Marquês de São Vicente, St. (Gávea), located in Rio de Janeiro. The university has more than 12000 undegraduate students and 3000 graduate students. PUC-Rio is ranked 6th  among Brazilian universities and the 7th best university in Latin America (The World University Rankings 2021); and it is leader in Latin America in Industry Development, Innovation and Infraestructure.

This agreement between DI (PUC-Rio) and aQuantum not only brings an advantageous collaboration for both organizations, but also allows aQuantum to continue its constant commitment with the Talavera Manifesto and the dissemination of knowledge about Quantum Software Engineering and Programming through all possible channels. Additionally, this collaboration will enable aQuantum to expand its efforts in the quantum literacy of the workforce, which is a global fundamental need to contribute to the advancement of the adoption of the quantum computing and programming in the real world.

This collaboration will be advantageous for both parts, allowing us to collaborate with more experts and researchers, sharing with them our knowledge, facilitating the academic and research use of our technological solutions through QuantumPath® and expanding also the horizon of Quantum Software Engineering and Programming in South America.

At aQuantum we are very excited about the start of this collaboration with DI (PUC-Rio) and we are convinced that this collaboration will enhance the results of our research, development and training activities.