Minister O’Sullivan announces a new Institutes of Technology scholarship scheme for Brazilian students valued at €150,000
Minister for Education & Skills, announces new €150,000 Institutes of Technology Ireland scholarship scheme for Brazilian students
The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., is delighted to announce a new Institutes of Technology Ireland scholarship scheme valued at €150,000 for ten Brazilian students to come and study further in Ireland.
The purpose of the scholarships is to build on the success of Brazil’s Ciencia Sem Fronteiras (Science without Borders) programme by inviting Brazilian students to return to Ireland to undertake Masters programmes (taught or research). So far, the Institutes of Technology have welcomed 1,000 Brazilian students to their campuses. The participating institutes of technology will waive all tuition and registration fees for ten scholarship recipients, and each recipient will also receive €5,000 towards their accommodation and living expenses.
The Minister said “I know from contacts with the institutes of technology that the Brazilian students that have come here to study have not only had a wonderful educational and cultural experience with us, but they have also enriched our campuses. They have formed friendships with fellow students that will endure and they have been an absolute credit to their families and their country.”
Speaking on behalf of Institutes of Technology Ireland, CEO Gerry Murray said “The Presidents of the Institutes of Technology have been unanimous in their praise of the Brazilian students that have come here under the Ciencia Sem Fronteiras programme. The ten scholarships now being offered mark a strong desire of the Presidents to recognise the contribution made by the students, encourage them to return, and to build even stronger connections between the two countries.”
During a visit to Brazil this week, Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President of Limerick Institute of Technology was full of praise for the Brazilian students. She said “We are delighted with our Brazilian students. They are enrolled in a highly diverse range of disciplines; biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, engineering, multimedia, software development, automation and control. They are highly motivated students and they also know how to have a good time”.
Professor Vincent Cunnane President of the Institute of Technology in Sligo added “Our group of Brazilian students are wonderful ambassadors for their country. They have contributed greatly to student life not only on campus, but also in the wider community where many of them have engaged in volunteer and outreach work”
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