Last week, the President of Brazil announced that the Federal Government would provide an additional 100,000 scholarships for Brazilian undergraduates to participate in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, which enables them to study during their junior year in the United States and other counties. Currently over 80,000 students are participating in the program. The announcement on Wednesday means that by 2018, some 200,000 will have had the chance to learn another language and study and intern in relevant fields for the country's employment needs.
Recently, I accompanied 32 U.S. college and university representatives on a whirlwind study tour to Brazil. Covering five cities in six days, this remarkable group of faculty, staff, and administrators bonded over bus rides, pão de queijo, and the wealth of opportunities presented by the Brazilian higher education system.