Institute to offer exchange program to Arabs

20 de outubro de 2017

Recife – Young college Arab students will have an opportunity to take part in a program of talent development in Pernambuco called Summer Job. The idea of Arabs taking part in it was launched this Thursday (19) during a visit of Arab and African diplomats to the Recife Center for Advanced Studies and Systems (CESAR).

CESAR is an innovation center that is part of the technology park Porto Digital (Digital Port) and Summer Job is one of its actions. It brings to CESAR young people from Brazil and from abroad for an experience of six weeks in which they create solutions for society and corporate problems using technology and design.

The integration of Arab students to the program was suggested by Rubens Hannun, president of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, and should be carried on by the Chamber in a partnership with the embassies and with CESAR. “The role of the ambassadors and the Chamber is to open doors for agreements,” said Hannun to ANBA.

CESAR’s superintendent, Sérgio Cavalcante, says that the Summer Job was opened to foreigners for the first time in July of this year. Students from universities in the United States came and among them were two Arab students, from Egypt and Jordan. “They identify problems that become an opportunity, make prototypes for solutions, validate, are offered mentorship so they can achieve this in six weeks,” says Cavalcante.

The foreign students take part in the program with Brazilian students and they form teams. “This diversity allows us to solve complex problems with simple innovative solutions,” says Cavalcante. He says he have high expectations in bring excellent Arab students. “To work with us and come back to their countries and be able to develop solutions to their societies,” he says.

The problems and the students don’t necessarily need to come from the technology area. Many problems were covered already, since public healthcare issues to transportation. From the program, for instance, came the creation of apps that helped to reduce traffic accidents with motorcycles in Pernambuco.

The next edition of Summer Job will be in January and Cavalcante believes that the Arabs will be able to take part. “It’s an excellent initiative, it will make way for Brazilian students from Pernambuco and from the Arab countries to expand the integration in the scientific and technical areas. With this, they can find creative solutions to current problems of both societies,” said Ibrahim Alzeben, the dean of the Council of Arab Ambassadors in Brazil, who is also Palestine’s ambassador.

The idea for the partnership was launched at the end of the visit to CESAR. Before, the group of African and Arab diplomats watched a presentation by the CESAR’s president about what is Porto Digital. The park is 16 years old and hosts 299 companies, employing 9,000 people. According to Cavalcante, the purpose is to create a high-technology ecosystem and CESAR is one of its pillars, identifying opportunities, innovative solutions to clients, projects for the development of new products and services, creation of new companies, and promotes education in the area.

One of the CESAR’s goals is to make people more productive. CESAR supports innovation through a process that starts by the study and research of the problem, continues with the creation of prototypes and assessments, followed by the development of the product or service and ends up with the selling and the data capture of the use.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani