Global partnership - Brazil

Cotutelle agreement with Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

A university wide Cotutelle Agreement was signed with Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil in 2011. The agreement allows for a UFMG PhD student to undertake part of their studies at the University of Sydney allowing for both universities and students to benefit from the development of co-operation and collaboration in research and higher education.

Janaine Cunha Polese
Janaine Cunha Polese

Janaine is currently completing her PhD under the supervision of Assoc Prof Louise Ada, through the cotutelle with the University of Sydney and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.

"My PhD research aims to determine the energy expended by people with stroke during the performance of everyday activities, such as walking. Daily physical activity recommendations for stroke can then be based on their levels of impairment, rather than the targets used for healthy controls. This will then allow health professionals to prescribe specific treatment.

Ultimately, I hope to help to improve the participation of this population in the community.

Besides doing a systematic review as part of my PhD, I'm working as a tutor. I'm teaching Neurological Physiotherapy to undergraduate students. Working as a tutor is an awesome experience. This is the first time that I’ve taught in English, so I’m learning a lot at the same time.

I really love physiotherapy because it allows me to help people to be active and consequently happier. I chose Australia because it is a multicultural country with high quality education."

Science without Borders

The Science Without Borders scheme was established to promote technological advances and innovation in Brazil by increasing the collaboration of Brazilians with the international community. Besides a post-doc, visiting researcher and PhD scholarships, the scheme provides scholarships for undergraduate students to undertake study abroad. In 2012, two of these scholarship recipients selected to undertake their study with the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.

Alvaro Rezende
Alvaro Rezende

"I am on a scholarship offered through the Brazilian government under the Science Without Borders program. My scholarship has been a great opportunity to improve my career and be a better physiotherapist. Australia was my first choice due to the fact it’s considered an excellent country with enormous potential.

For any students considering studying in Australia, I recommend they come and enjoy the University of Sydney. It is a "new-world" with new frontiers and opportunities."

Carolina Gassen Frithsch
Carolina Gassen Frithsch

"I chose to study physiotherapy because I like the different ways it teaches us to take care of people’s health. I chose Australia due to the fact that it’s one of the best places in the world for physiotherapy and where most of the new treatments and technologies come from.

I have enjoyed the way the practical classes relate to the theory studied in lectures, making it easier to understand and to link to professional life.

I'll be a study abroad student for one year, with a scholarship from the Brazilian Government. I have found the opportunity to get to know another country amazing, as is the opportunity to study and do research where physiotherapy is so highly developed."