The first good experience I had in this program, Science Without Borders, was the interaction with people from many different places in Brazil. My country is the largest one among countries in South America, and the 5th biggest in the entire world, both geographically and by population. So making friends with those other Brazilians was very interesting and helped me to open my mind about the differences that exist even inside my own country.
At Hanyang University, my major is Industrial Engineering and I am in my 4th year (senior). In UNICAMP, my home university, my major is Manufacture Engineering. Both courses are very closely related to each other, and this has allowed me to take courses from my area of studies from a point of view at a place on the other side of the planet! Hanyang University is one of the most prestigious universities in South Korea, and is top rated in the engineering field. Taking classes with renowned professors from many areas of knowledge has been so gratifying. In addition to enjoying my studies, living a lifestyle in this country that is so different from my own usual daily life has also been a unique experience.
The duration of my exchange studies is one year so during the last winter vacation, I had a great opportunity to do an internship program in the company MOBIS, which is an affiliate of the Hyundai Motor Group. Through this internship program, I was able to learn about the production system of a great Asian company, the manufacture processes, optimized mechanisms, and human resources that have allowed Hyundai to be one of the biggest companies in the world. Furthermore, by contributing to and sharing my academic and professional experiences with the company, my life experiences in Brazil and my upbringing, I have been able to make Korean friends in the company and together we have been growing in many directions. This internship is made possible through the relationship between the Science without Borders program and the Hyundai Motor Group.
I can surely say that choosing Hanyang University for my exchange studies was a great decision and is helping me to expand my academic development. Beyond the academic exchanges and professional interactions, on this campus I have been able to meet magnificent people whom I will keep in contact with for a long time!
I am very thankful to the Science without Borders program in Brazil, and I’m glad to have had this great opportunity to be here, which I’m sure will help me contribute and improve the development of technological and scientific knowledge of my home country.