ii had the pleasure of working with Regiane Hyodo, a 4th year Environmental Engineering student from Brazil over the summer through the Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF). The CsF is a large-scale nationwide scholarship program primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government with support from the private sector.
Regiane was at the University of Toronto as a Science Without Borders Exchange Student doing a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from September 2013 – September 2014. She is currently finishing her Bachelor in Science & Technology with a Minor in Environmental and Urban Engineering degree at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Santo André, SP, Brazil.
Unfortunately Regiane experienced an unusually cold and snowy winter and a cool and wet summer. She also experienced the World Cup in Toronto rather than Sao Paulo. Regiane helped us with our research and created a Canadian version of the BCE for Stormwater for us that we hope to release soon.
The program that Regiane was a part of was “launched in July 2011, the program has to date enabled more than 75,000 top‐Brazilian students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math to gain invaluable international exchange experience in countries throughout the world. In recent news, Brazil has announced their intention to award an additional 100,000 scholarships starting in the fall of 2015. … surveys of the students’ level of satisfaction, an overwhelming majority of 96% expressed being somewhat to very satisfied with their work experience in Canada.”
And we can say that in a survey of ii employees “100% were very satisfied”.