Hoboken, N.J. – This month, 11 students from Brazil arrived at Stevens Institute of Technology to begin one year of undergraduate study in engineering, science and computer science. They are part of a group of approximately 650 Brazilian undergraduates admitted to one of more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities through the Brazilian government’s Science Without Borders Program.
Science Without Borders, announced in August 2011, provides scholarships to Brazilian undergraduates primarily studying the STEM fields. Students in the program will complete two semesters of study at their host institution and take part in a summer internship before returning to Brazil to complete their degrees. Thousands more students are expected to join the initial cohort, with Stevens receiving new students every semester for the next three years.
“We are honored to be chosen as a host institution for Science Without Borders,” said Ilona Castro, director of international undergraduate admissions at Stevens. “We hope these 11 students and the others who will join them later will benefit from our renowned research facilities, our unique focus on hands-on, experiential education, and our rich STEM legacy, preparing them to contribute to the economic, technological and scientific development of Brazil and the world.”
The arrival of the Science Without Borders student cohort is a reflection of a larger trend at Stevens – growing international undergraduate enrollment – and a demonstration of the University’s commitment to global diversity, for the benefit of the entire campus community.
“We are delighted to welcome these high-achieving students,” said Costas Chassapis, deputy dean of the Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens. “I am certain that this group and the ones to follow will make substantial contributions both socially and academically, enriching the diversity on our campus and the holistic development of all of our students. It is our desire and hope that we will also make a significant contribution to their intellectual growth and their stay at Stevens will be a memorable and lasting experience for them.”
“The diversity of backgrounds and experiences among the student population adds richness to our community and prepares all of our students with the cultural competence they will need to succeed in today’s truly global society,” added Castro.
The initial cohort of students has already begun to assimilate into university social and academic life.
“At first, my plans for this year at Stevens were focused on taking courses that would help me to complete my undergraduate degree at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) in Brazil,” said Felipe Duque Belfort, one of the students. “However, this program has already provided me with so much more. It has contributed incredibly to my personal growth, and will surely be of great value to myself and to Brazil.”
Science Without Borders is part of the Brazilian government's larger initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships for the best students from Brazil to study abroad at the world’s best universities. It is sponsored by the scholarship foundation of Brazil’s Ministry of Education, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), a global educational and policy nonprofit.
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Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.