Science without Borders opens up possibilities for Brazilian Students

Published: Tuesday 8 May 2012
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Brazilian students can now apply to Brunel under the new scheme

The Science without Borders programme in the UK has been officially launched by the UK HE International Unit. This ground breaking Brazilian government scholarship will see Brunel and other universities in the UK welcome up to 10,000 Brazilian students over the next four years. Higher Education Institutions from across the UK are taking part in this scheme, offering courses in mostly STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Courses in the creative industries are also being offered. Applications for September 2012 places opened on the 28th April 2012.

Science without Borders which is administered by two Brazilian Government agencies; CAPES and CNPQ will send 101,000 of the best Brazilian students to study sandwich undergraduate, sandwich PhD courses and full PhDs in mainly science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM subjects) at top Higher Education Institutions across the world. The UK is one of several countries taking part.

Science without Borders in the UK is managed by the UK HE International Unit for Universities UK. It is the first large scale student mobility programme operated in the UK and will contribute over 180 million pounds to the UK’s Higher Education sector over the next four years.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts commented; “We are delighted to be working with Brazil on the Science without Borders programme. It is a truly ground breaking initiative which will bring enormous benefits to both our countries. Both the UK and Brazil are committed to building on this successful programme, developing partnerships between our two governments, higher education institutions and the private sector to support further collaboration between the two countries”.

 Dr Joanna Newman, Director of the UK HE International Unit said: “Higher Education Institutions in the UK have a strong reputation internationally with both employers and governments and our involvement in this scheme is testament to that. We are exceptionally proud of all the institutions taking part; they represent the range and diversity of the Higher Education sector. The common strand amongst them is that they are defined by quality and we know they will offer Brazilian students the very best student experience. This programme will bring mutual benefits to the Higher Education sectors in both countries and both the UK and Brazil are committed to building on this successful partnership to support longer term collaboration”.

Students will spend 12 months in the UK on sandwich undergraduate and sandwich PhD courses. This will include nine months in a classroom studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level and three months on an industrial placement or being supervised by the university to undertake an industrial project. There will also be approximately six hundred scholarships for full PhDs available to Brazilian students.

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