The Brazilian president Dilma Roussef launched this Wednesday (25 June 2014), the second stage of the Science without Borders Scholarship program. The ceremony took place at Palácio do Planalto in Brasilia to announce the program's extension. The goal for this new phase is to offer another 100,000 scholarships to students from different universities around the country.
"Science without Borders is a program created to generate an innovation policy in Brazil. We have already granted 83,200 scholarships and will reach the goal of 101,000 by September this year. Therefore, we designed this new phase by offering scholarships to all Brazilian students who can qualify after a language proficiency process", the president stated.
Dilma Rousseff also highlighted the different areas considered in the program. "The program's main objective is to grant scholarships for Engineering, Computer Science, IT and other Technology fields. The remaining scholarships are divided amongst Biology, Pharmacy, Bio-Diversity and Bio-Prospection."
"These scholarships have an important role for undergraduate students. They return to Brazil with new perspectives and a very significant experience of the teacher-student relationship", said the president.
The Brazilian president also reminded that the program is one of the doors opened by Enem, the National's High School Exam. "To enter Science without Borders, there is a merit standard. You have to obtain 600 points at Enem", she reinforced.
The minister of education, Henrique Paim, also at the ceremony, highlighted the program's importance to internationalize the entire higher education network. "Since its implementation, we managed to grant scholarships for different technological programs. Among them, 52% were awarded for maths, science, agricultural and engineering fields.
The minister also underlined the 83,000+ scholarships offered, of which 26,000 are part of the private initiative. "Our goal is even bigger, we want to offer 101,000 scholarships at the best international universities", he said, emphasising their partnerships with American and British universities.
Science without Borders, besides providing opportunities to boost the knowledge on undergraduate and postgraduate programs, goes beyond this by "stimulating the learning of a second or third language, a requirement to join the program", the president reminded.
These incentives are given through courses available at the platform 'My English Online', and also with language proficiency tests and face-to-face classes offered at the federal institutes all over the country.
Among the program's guidelines, Science without Borders also promises offering internships at companies and research centres, enabling an international relations with students from different countries and establishing new academic partnerships.
Released in December of 2011, this federal government initiative seeks to promote the consolidation, expansion and internationalization of science, technology and Brazilian competitiveness through exchange programs and international mobility.
The Science without Borders program also pursues to attract international researchers wanting to move to Brazil or to set partnerships with Brazilian researchers in different areas, as well as the creation of opportunities for the researchers to receive specialized training abroad.