IIE gala praises Brazil’s scholarships

October 04, 2013

Brazil’s Science Without Borders scholarship scheme was honoured at the Institute of International Education (IIE) Opening Minds Awards Gala last week for its emphasis on international education as a key driver of progress.

Caption: Aloizio Mercadante, Brazilís Education Minister, collecting the award with Brazilian students

More than 450 business, education, government and policy leaders gathered for the event at New York‘s Cipriani Wall Street which focussed on the advancement of US-Brazil educational exchange.

President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, was awarded with the Henry Kaufman Prize for her vision in establishing the scholarship scheme. The prize was created in honour of Dr Henry Kaufman, IIE‘s Chairman Emeritus, and rewards a national leader or public official for work in promoting international education at tertiary level.

Accepting the award on her behalf, Aloizio Mercadante, Brazil’s Education Minister, said, “I consider this award an honour for the Brazilian people, who are the true protagonists of the economic achievements that our country has made.”

The Science Without Borders programme aims to grant 100,000 scholarships for overseas study in STEM subjects at top universities worldwide. IIE administers the scheme in the US, which to date has provided for 4,000 scholarships at 300 different institutions, as well as 1,000 internships at participating corporations.

IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman praised the role that such scholarship schemes play in promoting peace and progress globally. “America‘s Fulbright programme and Brazil‘s Ciencia Sem Fronteiras programme share a common vision when it comes to having the beneficiaries return to the their home countries. Both are examples of the kind of brain circulation that wins Nobel Prizes, builds new cities and serves societies by what people learn from and about each other.”

Praxair, Inc. was awarded with the IIE Opening Minds Corporate Leadership Award for its leading role as one of the founding corporate partners of the scholarship scheme, while renowned architect Jeffrey Beers received the Fritz Redlich Alumni Award recognising outstanding alumnus of IIE-administered programmes.

In other news, IIE announced an expanded Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to join forces with the Global Platform for Syrian Students and other partners to galvanise US$7 million in support for displaced Syrian students and scholars. Scholarships will be provided for 600 Syrian students: 200 for study in Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq; 100 in other Mena region countries; 100 in North America; 100 in Portugal; and 100 in Brazil and Latin America. The scheme will also provide 500 online test preparations through Kaplan Test Prep International and other fellowships and grants.

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