More than 70 Brazilian undergraduates have arrived in Liverpool as part of the Science Without Borders programme.
Science Without Borders is a Brazilian Government Scholarship initiative focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is the first time that Brazil has invested in such a large scale student mobility programme which will see up to 100,000 Brazilian students taking up opportunities to study overseas at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Treble the number of places
More than 1,700 students are currently taking part across some 70 UK universities – treble the number of places offered in either of the last two undergraduate cohorts.
Liverpool attracted 23 undergraduate students through the scheme in the 2012/13 academic year, and numbers have increased this September to 71. A further 117 undergraduates are due to start in January.
The undergraduate students study for two semesters as well as completing a supervised summer research project to make up a sandwich year in the UK in addition to their main degree in Brazil.
Commenting on the programme Ursula Callaghan from Student Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Liverpool said: “The popularity of Science Without Borders is testament to the quality of the UK’s higher education sector. We are seeing a rapid growth in participation and it is fantastic to welcome these highly motivated students to our undergraduate courses.”
The University of Liverpool is also strengthening its collaborative research links with Brazilian partner institutions including Universities of Sao Paulo and Campinas and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as well as industrial partners including BG Group, Petrobras and others. The relationships are already delivering results with new research grants being awarded and an increased number of jointly authored publications.
Professor Stephen Holloway, Provost for Innovation at the University of Liverpool, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our latest cohort of Science Without Borders students to Liverpool. The programme is a fantastic way for the University to grow its engagement with Brazil and increase student and researcher mobility between the two countries.
“International collaboration between institutions as well as between higher education and industry are central to the continued advancement of world-class education and research, and to maintain and expand innovation in industry.”