Internationalization: UEM professors take part in US embassy event

Internationalization: UEM professors take part in US embassy event

Professors Luciana Cabrini Simões Calvo e Syntia Lemos Cotrim represent UEM at a meeting in São Paulo

Two professors from the State University of Maringá (UEM) are participating this week in an event organized by the United States Embassy in Brazil. Held in São Paulo, the initiative brings together professionals from different Brazilian universities to discuss internationalization in higher education.

Professors who have already taken part in other courses organized by the embassy on the same subject were also invited. Representing UEM, Luciana Cabrini Simões Calvo, a professor from the Department of Modern Languages (DLM) and the Graduate Program in Linguistics and Literary Studies (PLE), and Syntia Lemos Cotrim, a professor from the Department of Production Engineering (DEP) and the Graduate Program in the same area (PGP) were selected.

Among the Higher Education Institutions (IES) from Paraná, only UEM and the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR) were represented. In all, 50 professors from 28 (twenty eight) different IES from 11 (eleven) Brazilian States took part in the event. There are professors from Modern Languages, Medicine, Computer Science, Biochemistry, Physiotherapy, Geosciences, Law, Administration and Engineering, among other areas.

The activities include lectures, group dynamics and workshops on internationalization strategies in higher education, with a focus on "English as a Medium of Instruction" (EMI).

According to the professors, the presence of teachers from different areas of knowledge and from various universities in Brazil has enabled important exchanges of knowledge and experience.

“We were able to learn more about EMI concepts and strategies, which we can use in our classes at UEM. We are thinking about future partnerships, especially to integrate our centers initially and, in the future, other centers, to develop internationalization and English language activities," said Luciana and Syntia, who represent the colleges of Humanities, Languages and Arts (CCH) and Technology (CTC), respectively.

The program began last Wednesday (28), and continues until Saturday (2), at the Paula Souza Center building in São Paulo. All the participants' expenses, including transportation, accommodation and meals, were covered by the US Embassy, through the Regional English Language Office (RELO Office).


Translated by: Lowhaynne H. T. Estevam
Proofread by: Felipe Lisbôa

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