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Brazilian students get a taste of engineering at Bath

2010年11月2日

A group of engineering students from Brazil visited the Faculty of Engineering for two weeks to get an insight into what it’s like to study and do research at Bath.

The visit, sponsored by Santander Universities Global Division, welcomed 12 students and two professors from seven Brazilian universities to a series of talks and hands-on demonstrations in each of the University’s three engineering departments and the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering.

The group’s reception, tours and visits were organised by the English Language Centre’s Social Programme Office. These included a visit to Airbus UK based in Filton, where they went on a guided tour around the site, participated in a Q & A session with employees on the company’s graduate scheme and stopped for a photo opportunity at Concorde.

The group also got the chance to see the sights of Bath and explore the surrounding area, visiting Stourhead, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Clifton Suspension bridge and taking in a tour of the city and the Roman baths.

 

The group did a city tour including the Roman Baths

Professor Carlos Graeff, a lecturer from Universidade Estadual Paulista in São Paulo, said: “The most striking difference between UK and Brazilian universities is that here the student can complete their BEng course in three years, while in Brazil our undergraduate course lasts five years.

“I really enjoyed learning about the diversity of high quality research and teaching in close connection with industrial and society demands on offer at Bath.”

Gabriela Menegaz, a student from Universidade Federal de Uberlândia in Minas Gerais, said: “During our stay in Bath we have had the opportunity sponsored by Santander Universities Global Division to have contact with the facilities, cultures and the teaching methods of the University of Bath.

“We have noticed that the University is concerned not only with the British students but also with the international ones – the multicultural atmosphere allows an interchange of different points of view.”

Marlow Martins, a student from Universidade Federal de São Carlos, added: “The stereotype of British culture is that the people seem to be a little bit cold, but from the moment we arrived in Bath, everyone has been very friendly and enthusiastic.

“We were also impressed by how the assignments are applied to the students’ respective work field and how focused they are on practical activities – we believe that the way the University deals with education is progressive for the students’ academic life.

“We are going back to Brazil with a renewed knowledge to record what we have learned so far and finding ways to improve our own university. Also, we hope we can arrange a return visit for the University of Bath students to Brazil; so that they can learn and receive good ideas to put into practice in their home University.”

The students have created a video about their impressions of Bath:

 

Professor Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching at Bath, said: “The visit was a great success. Our staff from the Faculty of Engineering & Design and the English Language Centre have worked very hard to ensure the visit went well.

“As a global institution, the University is keen to explore and strengthen our international links.

“This visit sponsored by Santander Universities Global Division has been an excellent opportunity for students and academics from Brazil to see what Bath has to offer, and we look forward to furthering these relationships.”

 

The group visited Stourhead and other sights in the region including Stone Henge

Santander Universities is a worldwide network of over 900 universities, through which Banco Santander, one of the world’s largest financial groups, supports an innovative range of academic projects.

The network links universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. Bath was the first non-London institution to join the network in 2008.

The partnership with Santander is supporting 11 separate initiatives that benefit undergraduates, postgraduates and staff across the University.

The diverse range of programmes includes scholarships, academic exchanges, travel awards, prizes and projects.

University schemes supported by the partnership include:

  • The Bath Award – a new programme that formally recognises the skills and achievements attained by students, engaged in various extra-curricular activities, that will enable them to become both more valuable members of society and also very employable graduates.
  • The Iberamerican Film Bank, established with assistance from Santander, enabling the University to build up one of the best collections of Spanish and Portuguese language films in the UK.
  • Student and staff exchange agreements between the University of Bath and Iberamerican countries. Since the Agreement was signed, scholarships and academic exchanges have been awarded to students and staff enabling links to be developed with Santander University network members in countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Uruguay. Currently there are several exchange students undertaking their placements abroad.
  • Funding of the MBA Entrepreneurship Prizes in the School of Management, as well as assisting in the judging process for the Awards.
  • Funding for an annual visit of mature students from Alicante University in Spain to Bath. These students undertake English language tuition and participate in cultural activities.
  • Support for the University of Bath’s entry into the 2010 Formula Student Competition where students are required to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with a small single-seater racing car.

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