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
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