July 26, 2013

Brazilian Ambassador to the United States Visits with Brazilian STEM Students at CU-Boulder

The Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, Mauro Vieira, and accompanying Secretary Cho Russo, visited with 15 Brazilian students at the University of Colorado Boulder on July 17.

The Division of Continuing Education has partnered with the government of Brazil to host Brazilian students at CU-Boulder. The university was one of the inaugural schools selected to participate in Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program, which provides scholarships for undergraduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) for one year of study and internships. Scientific Mobility is part of the Brazilian government’s goal to fully fund 100,000 scholarships for outstanding Brazilian students to study abroad. At CU-Boulder, the program is administered by Continuing Education and is a partnership with the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ambassador Vieira met with Scientific Mobility students, the CU-Boulder Provost, the Continuing Education Dean, and program administrators and instructors.

“The Scientific Mobility students were eager to convey their enthusiasm for the program and their hope that funding for the initiative will continue so that other Brazilian students will have the opportunity to study abroad,” said Anne K. Heinz, dean of Continuing Education. “These are wonderfully talented students and we have been delighted to host them.”

In addition to the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, CU-Boulder Continuing Education participates in two related Brazilian-government initiatives. Continuing Education’s International English Center (IEC) provides pre-academic English language instruction for students preparing to begin their academic programs at CU-Boulder or other U.S. institutions. This spring, the IEC also provided English as a second language pedagogical training for Brazilian high school English teachers as part of a certificate program.

View photo album from the Ambassador’s visit…


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