6 Winners Awarded In The Sweden- Brazil Scholarship Challenge 2014 Prize Ceremony

Six participants of the Sweden- Brazil Scholarship Challenge 2014 proved their level of intellect and skills in the competition, winning for themselves scholarships to begin their master programs in Chalmers University of Technology and Linköping University, as well as internships with companies in Sweden.

The challenge winners with Mr. Magnus Robach, the Swedish Ambassador to Brazil at the prize ceremony in Sao Paulo

November 12, 2013 - Sao Paulo, Brazil 

The official awarding of the prizes at CISB’s Annual Meeting in Sao Paulo yesterday, marked the culmination of the Sweden-Brazil Scholarship Challenge 2014. For the second year in a row, Student Competitions has teamed up with Swedish universities and industry partners to offer a challenge for top Brazilian graduating bachelor students and young professionals to compete for educational and professional opportunities in Sweden. 

The scholarship competition is well timed with the recent strengthening of ties between Sweden and Brazil as “triple helix partners” in the industrial, governmental and academic sectors. The competition also highlights Sweden’s position as a forerunner in innovation. 

Focusing on innovation and sustainability, particularly “Urban Innovation for Sustainable Cities,” students’ skills were challenged and knowledge tested, as engineering, architecture and natural science students competed for the top prize—a full-tuition scholarship to study a master’s program at either Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg or Linköping University. The top two winners from each university are also slated to receive a paid internship at CISB's partner companies, Saab and StoraEnso. 

Similar to last year’s competition, this year’s participants also answered multiple-choice questions, a short case question and provided a motivational statement as to why they should be selected as one of the first prize winners. In the one and a half months the competition was open, 15,778 students visited the competition website, and a total 1,254 students and young professionals from 90 universities across Brazil participated in the competition, a 37% increase from last year. 

Yesterday’s prize ceremony represented an official recognition of the achievements, hard work and dedication of the six designated winners. After a grueling challenge and intense judging process by the universities and partner companies, Mr. Magnus Robach, the Swedish Ambassador to Brazil, ceremoniously presented the winners with their prizes and diplomas. 

In addition to the prize ceremony, the winners also attended two prestigious events later in the day in Sao Paulo hosted by the Nobel Museum. The winners attended the opening of the exhibition “The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World,” which was inaugurated by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden himself. They also attended the seminar “Nobel Prize Dialogue-Exploring the Future of Energy” that included Nobel Laureate Professor David Gross and other distinguished professors from Sweden and Brazil. 

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Mr. Magnus Robach, the Swedish Ambassador to Brazil at the Nobel Museum in Sao Paulo 

We would like to thank the partner universities, companies and organizations, as well as the competition participants, for making the Sweden-Brazil Scholarship Challenge 2014 such a huge success. 

We would also like to congratulate the following winners: 

Chalmers University of Technology 

1st prize: Maria Julia Cardoso Martins, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

2nd prize: Tito Sena, UniSEB

3rd prize: Rodrigo Barbosa Lima, Centro Universitário de Itajubá

Linköping University 

1st prize: Igor Assis Lana e Cruz, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

2nd prize: Pedro Brancoli, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

3rd prize: Fernando William Ka Heng, Universidade de São Paulo

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