Embry-Riddle Hosts Six Brazilian Students in Science Without Borders Program
Prescott, AZ., March 1, 2012
Six Brazilian students are now attending Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses through the new Science Without Borders program established by the Brazilian government to encourage education and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the undergraduate scholarship program is part of the Brazilian government’s larger initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships to the best students from Brazil, allowing them to study abroad at the world’s top universities for a year and serve a summer internship before returning to Brazil to complete their degrees. The Science Without Borders program is sponsored by the scholarship foundation of Brazil’s Ministry of Education.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the government of Brazil and with the U.S. host campuses to implement this important program,” said IIE’s President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. “At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation.”
The Boeing Company, working with the Fulbright Commission in Brazil, is funding scholarships for three Brazilian students majoring in aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle through the Science Without Borders program. Studying at the Prescott campus are Eduardo Rodrigues Silva Filho, 20, from Imperatriz, Brazil, and Leandro Jose Rocha Da Costa, 20, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Studying at the Daytona Beach campus is Leticia Mello, 22, also from Belo Horizonte. In her application for the program, Mello stated that she wanted to study in the United States because “It’s the country with the greatest variety of knowledge fields, and it also provides the most incentive for research in the technology area.”
The Brazilian government is funding the scholarships for the three other Brazilian students attending Embry-Riddle through Science Without Borders. Studying electrical engineering at the Prescott campus is Maria Augusta Do Rego Barros Fernandez, 19, from Recife, Brazil, who stated in her application, “I think by studying abroad I will have more opportunities to change my world view, and it will help me develop skills and give me experiences that a classroom setting can’t.” At the Daytona Beach campus, 22-year-old Lucas Barreto from Fortaleza, Brazil, is studying civil engineering, and 23-year-old Ludmila Pontremolez from Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, is studying computer engineering.
The Study Abroad and International Admissions offices at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses were instrumental in coordinating with the IIE to link up the six Brazilian students with Embry-Riddle. The Study Abroad offices also encourage Embry-Riddle students to take advantage of the opportunity for international education, choosing from a wide range of more than 50 cities on five continents and gaining experiences that will greatly enhance their academic, professional, and personal lives. In this era of increasing globalization, the benefits of international exposure are unquestionable.
About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.
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