The Importance of Internationalization on Engineering Programs from Minas Gerais Universities: UEMG’s Case


  • Filipe Mattos Gonçalves Minas Gerais State University
  • Aline da Luz Pascoal Minas Gerais State University
  • Júnia Soares Alexandrino Minas Gerais State University
  • Telma Ellen Drumond Ferreira Minas Gerais State University



Engineering Education, Alive Engineering Education, IJAEEdu, ICAEEdu


Gradually instigated by cultural, economic and social transformations generated due to globalization, especially with regard to engineering, both universities and students are looking for new forms of teaching and learning. Concomitantly, as institutions and the labor market increasingly aspire skilled professionals, this search seems to be directed outside the country where there is greater availability of technology and new qualifications, as well as the possibility of proficiency in another language. In this way, the implementation of academic mobility programs such as Science without Borders (CsF), have great importance for the internationalization of engineering courses in Brazil's universities. Through this exchange, undergraduates have the opportunity to train and study abroad in order to maintain contact with competitive education systems in relation to technology and innovation, bringing back such knowledge to universities and to the nation as a whole. In this sense, this work aims to measure and emphasize the importance of this program for Minas Gerais universities, with focus on the performance evaluation of the UEMG Engineering campus, based in João Monlevade city. With the help of the CsF Portal and support of the UEMG International Relations Advisory, it was possible to collect general data about the program and find the number of students which were contemplated with scholarships in the four engineering courses of UEMG from 2011 to 2016. In addition, a questionnaire was applied to students who have already participated in this exchange for a qualitative effect. The results showed that engineering was the most requested area and that Minas Gerais universities presented great potential in the number of scholarships contemplated by the program. In a closer evaluation of the UEMG, it was observed that there is a disparity between the engineering courses regarding the number of scholarship students, highlighting the Mining Engineering course in detriment of the others. However, it should be noted that this program was very important since it has allowed students to acquire more knowledge in specific subjects of their courses, improve another language, experience new cultures as well as learn new methodologies of teaching and assessment, such techniques that they can bring into their engineering programs in Brazil.

Author Biographies

Filipe Mattos Gonçalves, Minas Gerais State University

Department of  Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences and Technologies

Telma Ellen Drumond Ferreira, Minas Gerais State University

Department of  Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences and Technologies


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