On 20th May until 26th June 2015 - The CODEMISUSED Project proudly hosted two pharmacy students from Brazil under the Science Without Borders Program on a summer internship. The two students worked in close interaction with Dr. Marie Claire Van Hout, CODEMISUSED Principal Investigator and Project Co-ordinator, where they gained first-hand experience of conducting academic research and also had an ideal opportunity to work beside leading edge scientific researchers in the School of Health Sciences in WIT. The internship allowed the two students to gain practical work experience and integrate theory and knowledge with practice in a meaningful research environment. It gave the students an invaluable insight into the daily routines and fundamentals of scientific research under the unbrella of an international collaborative large-scale, cross-border cutting edge scientific project.
Ms. Juliana De Souza Diniz and Ms. Rafaela Alves de Castro are studying on the BA (Hons) in Health Promotion at Waterford Institute of Technology in an exchange program for 1 year under the Science without Borders initiative which is run and managed by two Brazilian higher education agencies CAPES and CNPq.
A total of 27 Irish Higher Education Institutions are currently participating in the Brazilian student mobility programme - Science without Borders. Ireland's participation in the programme is co-ordinated by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI), Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) and the higher education institutions.
The Science Without Borders initiative is a large scale nationwide scholarship programme primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government. The programme seeks to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers. It is planned to support the mobility of 101,000 Brazilian students over the duration of the initiative from 2012-2016.