Polish mission to Brazil - report from Brasilia
Representatives of seventeen universities, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland and Foundation for the Development of Education System participated in the Polish educational mission to Brazil on 18-25 March. Polish mission to Brazil was organized in the framework of the Ministry of Science campaign "Ready, Study, Go! Poland", which, supports the internationalization of Polish universities since 2012.
“Polish Day” at the University of Brasília (Universidade de Brasilia, UnB) was organized jointly by UnB and the Polish Embassy in Brazil on March 19. The University of Brasilia has been ranked as one of the top five public universities in Brazil by Guia do Estudante ("Student Guide"), an annual publication of Editora Abril. It ranks at #3 in the list of the best universities in the country.
Visit of the Polish delegation was inaugurated during an official meeting with the UnB Rector Prof. Ivan Camargo. Meeting was attended by representatives of UnB departments, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, CNPq and EU Delegation in Brazil. According to information provided by the UnB Dean J. M. Santana, no embassy or foreign institution has organized similar event at Brazilian university so far, which should over time result in the development of academic and scientific cooperation between the two countries.
The second purpose of the “Polish Day” was to promote the Polish academic offer among Brazilian students and encourage them to apply to study in our country under the scholarship program +Ciência sem Fronteiras+ (Science without borders). Fairs of the Polish universities, combined with the parallel presentation of their academic offer took place at the Central Scientific Institute. EU Delegation in Brazil presented the study and research opportunities in the EU on Individual stand.
The fair was accompanied by numerous attractions, including Polish capoeira show performed by Polish - Brazilian group, raffle (main prize was a scholarship at the summer course of Polish language and culture sponsored by the University of Silesia in Katowice), football match between Poland and Brazil and Q&A session with Polish Ambassador Mr. Andrzej Braiter and Ms. Magdalena Jasińska, Deputy director at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Stands of Polish universities were visited by hundreds of people throughout the day. Exhibition "Ready, Study, Go! Poland "about the Polish higher education system was also presented during the fair.
“Polish Day” was officially promoted on the UnB website, report can be found HERE (PT version), a short film showing the "Polish Day" can be accessed from HERE, information on the event can be found at the website Polish Embassy in Brasilia - PT version and PL version.
Poland joined the Brazilian scholarship program "Science without Borders" (Ciência sem fronteiras) in October 2013. It is addressed primarily to students of science and technology, medical and computer sciences, and it allows the most talented Brazilian students to receive education at the world's best universities. The aim of the program is to create 110 thousand international scholarships by 2015. "Science without Borders" scholarships will be available to Brazilian students successful in academic competitions or having their own academic achievements.
Information on the Polish offensive in Brazil can be found at PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland (EN version) and Polish Embassy in Brazil (PT version) websites.