NOVA’s Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs hosted a dinner on Monday, Feb. 26, for a delegation of Brazilian educators who are concluding a program at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus. The group of 23 higher education administrators from CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior), a Brazilian federal agency under the Ministry of Education, is responsible for quality assurance in postgraduate courses in Brazil and works to build the quality of higher education faculty through professional development and language acquisition. The agency is equivalent to the National Science Foundation in the US.
The group came to NOVA in January to participate in six weeks of intensive English language training and technical writing courses at the Alexandria Campus.
Dr. Syedur Rahman, associate vice president of NOVA’s Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs, greeted the group and wished them well as they concluded the program. He said he was happy that the students had the opportunity to achieve a better understanding of English and management of contracts through their technical writing coursework, which would benefit them in their important work within CAPES.
The program is the result of a long-standing relationship between NOVA and CAPES over the last four years. NOVA has hosted students through the Scientific Mobility Program and English professors from the Federal Institute System throughout Brazil. NOVA plans to host another group from CAPES again next September.
Dr. Scott Ralls greeted the group by explaining a little of NOVA’s history and what makes the College distinctive. He explained that NOVA is a springboard to opportunity and offers real-world diversity. Forty-seven percent of students in our region live in a family where at least one parent was not born in the US.
“We interact every day with people of different cultures, different beliefs and different socio-economic backgrounds,” Ralls said. “Just your being here over the last six weeks makes us more NOVA than we were before you got here.”
Following dinner and remarks, Dr. Ralls and NOVA-Alexandria Provost Dr. Annette Haggray presented the students with their certificates and wished them well on their return journey.