Science Without Borders Program Links UK And Brazil

Oct 23, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky has reached out to China over the past couple years with the launching of its Confucius Institute in 2010 and, more recently, a visit from UK President Eli Capilouto, but as Josh James reports, another partnership is taking root between UK and a country far south of the U.S.

Daniel Oliveira and Tyler Denham converse in Portuguese – one a native speaker, the other not. Both, however, have experienced higher education in the US and Brazil.
They’re both part of a program called Science Without Borders. Last year Brazil overtook the United Kingdom as the world’s sixth largest economy, and the Brazilian government has a goal of sending 100-thousand of its best and brightest to study around the world. Oliveira is one of them. He says his experience at UK has been even more international than he expected.
"In my college, all the professors are Brazilian. Here we have Chinese professors, Indian professors. That's really cool to have different backgrounds," he says.

Meanwhile, Tyler Denham, a UK student who has spent time learning and researching in Brazil says there’s no replacement for the kind of immersion one enjoys studying abroad.

"I'd say you get a lot better idea of how the world actually works, if that makes any sense, because how things work in the US isn't necessarily how things work in the rest of the world," he says.

Educators in Brazil and at UK say they hope the partnership isn’t just a chance to see another culture, but also an opportunity to forge lasting connections, advance diplomacy, and spur innovation.