At a large trade fair in Hanover on 5 March, the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff promoted her country’s technological skills and booming IT market, according toThe Economist. Her government has created a new scholarship programme, Science Without Borders.

This programme provides scholarships to Brazilian undergraduate students in mostly STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for one year of study at colleges and universities abroad. Students will return to complete their degrees in Brazil. By the end of 2015, more than 100,000 Brazilians—half of them undergraduates, half doctoral students—will have spent a year or so abroad studying subjects which the government regards as essential for the nation’s future.

Brazilian bosses complain about the difficulty of finding qualified staff. In Brazil, the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) says that too many of the 30,000 engineers Brazil produces each year come from mediocre institutions, but, at the same time, the country needs twice that number. "The scale and speed of this programme are unprecedented," says Allan Goodman of theInstitute of International Education, a non-profit group that is managing the programme for American universities.

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