It happened last Friday, July 29, the end of the first International Summer Programme of the Federal University of Ouro Preto.
The first edition of the Programme, a pioneer in Brazil, organized by the International Affairs Office (CAINT), lasted three weeks from 11 to 29 July. With the aim of introducing its participants to the Brazilian culture, language, dance, music and food, the Summer UFOP, as it became known, the Programme counted with the participation of students from 5 different countries.
It was offered to the participants a variety of classes, such as Portuguese classes for foreigners, Introduction to Ouro Preto’s Museums, Brazilian Culture, Food, Music and Dance that enabled their immersion in a collective experience of integration between UFOP’s community and the foreign public.
In addition to the daily lessons, the Programme offered several cultural tours in its activities grid. Among the places visited there was Inhotim Institute, the largest open air art museum of the Americas; the Training Center of Cachaçarias Nobres; the Pampulha’s architectural complex, recently declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Mariana City, tour done aboard the Vale Train; and also the Mathematics Trail in the Ouro Preto hills and visits to museums and archaeological sites in the region.
The Summer UFOP ended with a Brazilian Party, held at Club “XV de Novembro”, which provided a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere to celebrate the success of the Programme and bid farewell to the participants that pleased everyone involved in the Program. Among the attractions that rocked the night were the Great Class (Aulão) of Aerodance and presentations of “Sertão de Minas” band, Dance School “Passo Básico” and the dance group “Grupo Rosários”.
The result could not have been better. For Prof. Carlos Magno de Souza Paiva, CAINT’s Coordinator, the Program has exceeded all expectations and for being a pioneering initiative in the country, the learning of how to receive, academically and logistically, foreigners interested in learning more about our culture and language, was enormous. For the next edition the aim will be to offer courses on UFOP’s academics faculty such as engineering, life sciences, exact sciences, humanities, arts and social applied sciences.
Professor Carlos Magno emphasizes that all of this was only possible with the sum of efforts undertaken by the Program’s teachers and the UFOP teams: Rectory, Dean of Planning (PROPLAD), Dean of Community and Student Affairs (PRACE), University Restaurant, Institutional Communication Department (ACI), School of Mines (EM), School of Law, Tourism and Museology (EDTM), School of Nutrition (ENUT), Institute of Philosophy, Arts and Culture (IFAC), School of Medicine (EMED), Sports Center (CEDUFOP), Transport Division, Agreements Office (GECON), Library System (SISBIN), FEOP Foundation of Support, COMPLETUR (Junior Enterprise of Tourism), CAINT and Languages Center (NucLi).