Rigaku Innovative Technologies to host Students from Brazil for Summer Internships as part of prestigious Scientific Mobility Program sponsored by Government of Brazil

July 11, 2013 – Rigaku Innovative Technologies today announced that it will host one student from Brazil as an intern this summer, as part of a prestigious scholarship program sponsored by the government of Brazil. The students will gain valuable experience in optics manufacturing and contribute their international perspective and experience to the company.

These students are among the approximately 1,500 Brazilian undergraduate students who are studying in the United States this year as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program funded by the government of Brazil, to strengthen science and technology skills as well as innovation in that country. The students study for a year at one of more than a hundred U.S. colleges and universities across the United States, and then return to Brazil to complete their degrees. Scholarships are being given primarily to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Rigaku Innovative Technologies is hosting these students as interns to help them gain practical experience in their fields, and with a long-term goal of building relationships with students, universities, and future leaders in Brazil after the students return to their home country.

Bodo Ehlers, Manager of New Technology commented; “We believe that working in our internship program to build skills for the future workforce will benefit Brazilians and Rigaku Innovative Technologies” Casio Barbosa is directly involved in the maximization of our advanced laser manufacturing process. He will learn skills required to produce advanced optical components that may be used at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory; Sirius. This is the second year of our active internship program and the contributions of all of our interns have been very valuable.”

“The goal of the Ciência sem Fronteiras program is to encourage students of great potential to pursue careers in these areas and to develop national and international leaders in areas of global concern. By providing internships for these students, U.S. employers will enable the Brazilian government to create greater opportunities for more young and talented students, and will help strengthen commercial ties between our two countries,” said Dr. Luiz Valcov Loureiro, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission in Brazil.

The Brazil Scientific Mobility undergraduate scholarships program, administered by the Institute of International Education, is part of the Brazilian government's larger initiative to grant 126,000 scholarships for the best students from Brazil to study abroad at the world’s best universities, with 100,000 scholarships funded by the government of Brazil, and 26,000 funded by the private sector. The program is sponsored by the scholarship foundation of Brazil’s Ministry of Education, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). IIE has been working closely with CAPES and with colleges and universities and corporations across the United States, including Rigaku Innovative Technologies to place the students in US study programs and internships that best meet their needs.

“We are pleased to partner with the Government of Brazil and with the U.S. companies and campuses to implement this important program,” said IIE's President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. "At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation.”

About Rigaku Innovative Technologies
The Rigaku Innovative Technologies division of Rigaku designs and builds CCD Detectors, Multilayer Optics and Vacuum Feedthroughs for X-ray science and research. Our capabilities include nano-scale deposition systems and advanced manufacturing capabilities for producing a wide variety of optical components. With one the largest multilayer coating systems in the world, we are bringing to light advanced technologies for the new economy.

About the Institute of International Education
IIE is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

For further information, contact:

Bodo Ehlers, Rigaku Innovative Technologies, + 248.232.3200, Bodo.ehlers@rigaku.com
Sharon Witherell, Institute of International Education, 212-984-5380, switherell@iie.org