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Brazilian National Day 2015

On the occasion of Brazilian National Day, September 7th, 2015, His Excellency Alfonso Cardoso, the Ambassador of Brazil, welcomed five MIC students to a special event at Astra Hall, University College Dublin. The five students, Esther Rolim, Leandro Mori, Victoria Pinheiro, Giovani Santos and Luíza Giombelli, attended the special event with Holly Cowman, Director of the MIC International Office.

Brazilian National Day is a momentous occasion which celebrates 40 years of diplomatic relations between Brazil and Ireland. Furthermore, this event commemorated the 193rd anniversary of National Independence for Brazil.

The exclusive event featured a piano concert performed by Alberto Heller, who has been commissioned to compose the score for the play “Roger Casement’s Diaries” which will be staged in Brazil next year in celebration of the Easter Rising Centennial. Heller has an MA in Education and a Doctorate in Literature from the Federal University of Santa Caterina, the home university of Luíza Giombelli, one of two Brazilian students who received a Government of Ireland Scholarship to study at Mary Immaculate College for the 2015-2016 academic year. The concert was followed by a private reception, allowing the students an opportunity to mingle with the ambassador and other dignitaries at the event.

Composer and pianist, Alberto Heller with GoI scholar, Luíza Giombelli

Commenting on the event, Luíza said, “It was good to hear Brazilian music and be amongst other Brazilians here in Ireland, sharing our culture and our national holiday.”

Mary Immaculate College welcomed seven students in all from Brazil this semester and expects another two on campus in the spring. Leandro Mori, Esther Rolim and Victória Pinheiro (pictured below) are three of five students who have received Science without Borders scholarships to come to Mary Immaculate College for 2015/16, studying a range of subjects e.g. Media & Communication Studies, Psychology, Physical Geography, Mathematics and STeM Education. These students, among the 1400 scholarship recipients chosen from 3700 applicants from all over Brazil eager to study in Ireland this year, have already successfully completed a pre-sessional English programme through the College’s English Language School.

This was the first year that MIC participated in the Government of Ireland (GoI) Scholarship initiative. Luíza will study Media & Communications on the BA Degree programme while Giovani Santos, the second GoI Scholarship recipient, achieved a place on the new MA in Applied Linguistics programme. Giovani and Luíza were selected as recipients of the scholarship through a rigorous and competitive application process. The prestigious scholarship covers students’ tuition for the year and €7,500 each in living expenses.

Holly Cowman, director of the MIC International Office, said, “The other members of the interview panel and I were very impressed with the standard of the applications and we are delighted to welcoming the two worthy recipients on campus. With Giovani and Luíza here on campus, joining our five delightful Science without Borders students, we look forward to building, in Giovani's own words 'an educational bridge,' not only between Ireland and Brazil, but between Ireland and the world!”

The seven students from Brazil, who begin classes this week, are part of a large cohort of over 60 international students here at Mary Immaculate College this semester.

Celebrating Brazil’s National Day (L-R): His Excellency Alfonso Cardoso, the Ambassador of Brazil, Esther Rolim; Victória Pinheiro; Leandro Mori; Luíza Giombelli; Giovani Santos; Holly Cowman, Director of the International Office, MIC and Mariana Reis, Higher Education Authority.

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