Brazilian Students Could Help Businesses Break South American Market

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Date posted: 17 April 2013

Businesses could take on a skilled technical student from Brazil - one of the world's fastest growing economies - at no cost to their company.

The University of Derby will have 37 bilingual, Technology degree students available for 12-week work placements over this summer. The short-term positions would be at no cost to individual companies because the students are already being supported by the Brazilian government, under the international Science without Borders (SwB) scholarship programme.

Derby is part of the SwB initiative, which will eventually see the UK welcome up to 10,000 Brazilian students over a four year period; onto undergraduate sandwich courses, and sandwich and full PhD courses. The University's current Brazilian students will be based there for a year, before going home to complete their studies.

Organisations interested in offering placement positions - from relatively new 'start-ups', to major business bodies such as Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and UK Trade and Investment - had an initial opportunity to meet SwB students and their tutors, at an event at the University's Enterprise Centre in Derby.

Business people were given a presentation on the project and heard how employing students from it could help their organisations by:

  • providing a cost effective source of recruitment or temporarily fill a skills gap
  • bringing language skills and a knowledge of Brazil's growing economy
  • undertaking a research project to tackle a real work issue
  • improving links with the University, providing further opportunities to help develop their business.

Angela Dean, Head of the School of Technology at the University of Derby, said: "Brazil is on the other side of the world but these students have chosen to come to Derbyshire because they know companies here are already trading with their home country.

"The SwB students will get a lot out of working with real businesses here, both in terms of their current studies and in experience to help them into their future careers, and the companies will be employing a citizen of one of the world's fastest growing economies, with all the opportunities that might bring."

Gordon Binnie, International Trade Advisor for UKTI East Midlands, gave a brief presentation at the University event on the importance of international trade with developing economies.

He added: "There are several events coming up shortly in the Derby area where companies can get involved with emerging South American markets. It's important for local start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses, and larger ones to get involved in these markets, as there are so many opportunities out there."

The University is beginning the process of assigning SwB students work placements with the region's businesses but any companies interested in hosting a student for a 12-week work placement can still get involved by contacting Lewis Hunt, Science without Borders Project Coordinator at the University, on 01332 593109 or email:

A series of events to welcome SwB students to the region and introduce them to its business sector began with a presentation this week at the University by Rolls-Royce on its global operations. This will be followed by a tour of the company's Derby facilities, including its Heritage and New Products Centres, on April 24.

For further press information please contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email:

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