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Mary Immaculate College Students Celebrate Brazilian National Day


On the occasion of the Brazilian National Day, 7th September 2014, Brazilian Ambassador, HE Ambassador Afonso Cardoso and his wife, Mrs Solange Cardoso, hosted four students from Mary Immaculate College at a very special event at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. The four students, Paulo Oliveira, Antonio Frederico Nesti Lopes, Maurício Jardim and Victor Walzebruck, attended the event with Director of the International Office at MIC, Holly Cowman.

The evening began with a guided tour of “Propositions” by the Brazilian artist, Hélio Oiticica, at the Museum of Modern Art. This was followed by a recital of the Irish and Brazilian National Anthems and a concert by Henrique Cazes and Choro Hy-Brasil, followed by “vin d’honneur”.

Thanking Mrs Solange Cardoso for the reception, MIC student, Paulo Oliveira said: “It was a great honour for us to be here today to celebrate our National Day with you.”

L-R: Mariana Reis, Higher Education Authority; Holly Cowman, Director of the International Office, MIC; Paulo Oliveira; HE, Ambassador Cardoso; Antonio Frederico Nesti Lopes; Maurício Jardim; Victor Walzebruck and Mrs Solange Cardoso

Paulo is one of five Brazilian students at Mary Immaculate College in receipt of a prestigious Science without Borders Scholarship, awarded by the Brazilian Government. The five, who begin classes on campus this week, will study various modules from the Physical Geography, Psychology, Mathematics and Media & Communication Studies curricula of the BA (Liberal Arts) programme. The students are living in campus accommodation in the newly-renovated O’Dwyer House, on Ashbourne Avenue. Victor Walzebruck, an exchange student from University of St Thomas, Houston is sharing the house with the five Brazilian students. Victor, who himself was born in Brazil, attended the Ambassador’s Reception along with three of the Science without Borders students.

According to Holly Cowman, Director of the International Office, MIC; “This was my first time celebrating National Brazil Day and what a memorable way to do it! His Excellency, Ambassador Cardoso and Mrs Cardoso really made us feel so welcome. It was fantastic to experience Choro, Brazil’s oldest urban musical genre, in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Hospital, particularly with our students, who are just a joy to be around. We were delighted to welcome a wonderful group of international students to MIC at Orientation last week.”

L-R: Maurício Jardim; Paulo Oliveira; Antonio Frederico Nesti Lopes and Victor Walzebruck

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