CAPES signs agreement which includes Irish educational institutions in Science without Borders

Comments Off | 12-20-2012

On December 14, the President of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), Jorge Almeida Guimarães, signed an agreement that includes the participation of Irish higher education institutions in the Science without Borders program (CsF). The document provides for the initial offering of up to 1,000 scholarships per year in undergraduate sandwich programs.

The agreement was signed by the Ambassador and representative of the Higher Education Authority and the participating higher education institutions in Ireland, H.E. Mr Frank Sheridan. Those present also discussed issues such as English language proficiency and the priority areas of the program.

Science without Borders

Launched in December 2011, the Science without Borders program has awarded approximately 18,000 scholarships. The goal of the program is to provide 101,000 scholarships by 2015. 75,000 of these will be provided for by the federal government, with the remaining scholarships receiving assistance from the private sector. This year, the program has awarded more than 20,000 scholarships, with an investment of approximately R$ 1.12 billion.

The program promotes the consolidation, expansion and internationalization of Brazilian science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through the international exchange and mobility of students, teachers and researchers. The offering of scholarships includes graduate sandwich programs, vocational and technological education and postgraduate education in the form of doctoral sandwich, full doctoral and postdoctoral programs.

Under the program, undergraduate and graduate students can complete a internship abroad to maintain contact with competitive educational systems related to technology and innovation. In addition, the Science without Borders program aims to attract researchers from other countries who would like to stay in Brazil for a specified time.

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