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Students who have come to Illinois from Brazil,
mostly at the graduate level, have arrived with no
English language problems. “Only those students who
had very good academic and conversational, colloquial English skills were accepted” after going through
screening in Sao Paolo and Brasilia, Kuchinke says.

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Capitalizing on Connections

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Illinois has multiple connections with Brazil that go
back many years, many built on their joint farming interests. “Our College of Agriculture has been working
with Brazil forever and a day” and senior economists
at the university helped Brazil reform its economy in
the 1980s, says Kuchinke. “From the farm and commodity point of view, they are an important trading
partner. Farm reports here every day talk about farm
prices in Brazil,” he declares. “In the recent past, we
have seen a lot of interest by Brazilian students to
come to the U.S. to study here,” he adds, creating
affinities in areas including sustainable agriculture,
bio-energy, economics, education, and business.
The relationship between the University of Illinois
and Brazil got a significant boost in 2009 with a $14
million donation to the school, its largest gift ever by a
non-alumnus, to establish a Brazilian Studies Institute
on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The endowment,
by Jorge Paulo Lemann, a Brazilian entrepreneur, has
enhanced the university’s existing studies on Brazilian
culture, making it one of the leading Brazilian studies

program in the United States, according to the Illinois
International Review.
Lemann, who was born and raised in Brazil, said
at the time of his donation that it was prompted by
the increasing number of Brazilian students the university was attracting. “They, in turn, positively affect
Brazilian development and society, as evidenced by
the number of Illinois graduates in important jobs
throughout Brazil,” he asserted.
The Lemann Institute is based in the Center for
Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Illinois,
within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and
International Programs and Studies. Its goal is to support joint research between those at the university and
in Brazil, giving students of both nations, along with
Brazilian professionals, the chance to further explore
the history, economy, and cultural heritage of Brazil.
Lemann’s gift has provided short-term fellowships
to Brazilian professionals with an interest in participating in one of Illinois’ extensive training programs,
as well as opportunities for Brazilian nationals to earn
their master’s degrees there. Undergraduate and graduate students also were expected to benefit greatly
from the presence of the Lemann Institute on campus. In addition, the endowment provided a graduate
fellowship for study pertaining to Brazil, study abroad
fellowships for both Brazilian and University of Illinois students, and scholarships for undergraduate
research on Brazil.

COURTESY OF K. PETER KUCHINKE

Esther Liu, an alumna
of the University of
Illinois at Urbana
Champaign, at Iguazu
Falls in Brazil.



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