World Cup Hosts producing World Class Researchers
How will Brazilian researchers shape the future?
CET’s Manager of International Relations Jacqueline White asked this question to hundreds of students from the far south to the North East of Brazil last month as part of a dedicated delegation focused on the Brazilian Government’s Science Without Borders scholarship program.
Far from being caught up in World Cup fever these students from state and federal universities across the country were focused on designing sustainable buildings, creating new renewable energy technologies and curing disease and there was a strong awareness that English language is one of the key tools to achieve these dreams.
The delegation, including the Group of Eight, The University of Sydney, and Latino Australia Education, as well as the German Academic Exchange Organisation DAAD and representatives for New Zealand, Swiss, French, Austrian, Dutch and Canadian universities visited 8 cities in 10 days meeting with student and presenting on the international study opportunities available for Brazilian students.
Despite nationwide university strikes occurring at the time, all the events, including the seminar series by individual institutions, had a very high attendance rate in all cities. Interest in research programs from high calibre candidates was particularly strong in fields like Architecture and Design, Engineering, Medicine, Health and Biological Sciences.
The tour spanned from Porto Alegre and Florianopolis in the south, to the state of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte to Recife and Fortaleza in the far north east of the country. The Federal and State universities were recognised for sending significant numbers of Science without Borders (SWB) scholars abroad. They were praised for their proactive and enthusiastic promotion of the program. Supported by the Federal government, these universities are able to enhance their students’ opportunities for studying abroad, as well as increase their international engagement.
The universities visited were:
- UNESP: The State University of São Paulo
- UFSCAR: The Federal University of São Carlos
- UFRGS: The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
- UFSC: The Federal University of Santa Catarina
- UFF: The Fluminense Federal University
- UFMG: The Federal University of Minas Gerais
- UFPE: Federal University of Pernambuco
- UFC: Federal University of Ceará
“I’d like to do my PhD at the University of Sydney so I can experience a new culture and improve my English. Australia has really good technology and I would have a chance to study at one of the top universities in the world.” Carlos Souza (pictured) from the Federal University of Ceará plans to study postgraduate research in chemistry.
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