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Illinois State a Science Without Borders-Brazil Partner Institution


Contact:Eric Jome

Illinois State University has been chosen as one of 18 U.S. colleges and universities for the 2012 Brazil initiative of the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) International Academic Partnership Program. As a partner institution, Illinois State will host a cohort of 10students from Brazil as part of the Science Without Borders-Brazil program during this spring semester.

The Brazilian students attending Illinois State will take courses in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Another 30 to 40 Brazilian students are expected to attend Illinois State through the program beginning this fall. The students will attend Illinois State for one year and then return to Brazil to complete their degrees.

Illinois State University will continue to host students beyond 2012 and for the duration of the program. This initiative is the result of an ongoing cooperative effort between the Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Admissions, STEM discipline departments on campus, the Office of International Studies and Programs and University College.

As part of a larger effort to promote higher education, the Brazilian government has committed to sending 75,000 students abroad to study at the world’s best universities over the next four years through Science Without Borders, a scholarship program for Brazilian students focusing on the STEM fields.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as a host institution in the Science Without Borders-Brazil program,” said Assistant Provost Rita Bailey. “This partnership aligns with the core values and goals of Educating Illinois as it helps to position the university and its students to excel in a globally competitive, culturally diverse, technological and changing environment.”

IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program was established in 2009 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The program also includes academic partnerships between U.S. colleges and universities and institutions in India and China. The Brazil initiative marks the expansion of the program into a country that has seen significant growth in higher education.

In academic year 2009-2010, more than 8,700 Brazilian students were studying in the United States, making Brazil the fourteenth leading place of origin for international students in the United States, according to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange , published annually by IIE. Open Doors reports that Brazil hosted more than 2,700 U.S. study abroad students in 2008-2009, a two percent increase from the previous year. While Brazil sends the most students from Latin America to the U.S. after Mexico, it ranks sixth as a destination for U.S. students studying abroad in Latin America.

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

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