Global educational outreach moved another step forward during January 2013 Intersession, when the Daemen Winter Institute served as host

During their stay, the group attended classes and lectures in the Daemen physical therapy program, and became familiar with many of Buffalo’s favorite sights, shopping attractions, and foods.

The students, from the Brazilian Institute of Higher Education of Censa (ISECENSA), were the first to travel to Daemen as part of an agreement between Daemen and ISECENSA. Daemen’s global outreach has brought over 100 international students, representing nearly 40 countries, to the College.

“Our main objective for the trip was to explore new knowledge, and develop new techniques and research for physical therapy, to take back to our country,” says Jefferson da Silva, MSc., physiotherapist and coordinator of graduation in physical therapy, who also served as coordinator for the group visiting Daemen. “We are looking forward to the possibility of our students coming to Daemen to study in the DPT program — there are differences in technology and software between our program and Daemen’s that we would like to explore further.”

While the Brazilian students and their Daemen counterparts brought different cultures into the classrooms, there were also some common links. “Google! Real-time search, cell phones,” laughs Jefferson. “That part is the same all over.”

A visit to Buffalo’s famed Roswell Park Cancer Institute left the students and faculty with an interest in exploring an exchange between Brazil and Roswell centered on research, lab work, and science.

The group packed a lot of activity into their short stay in Western New York. A museum trip, visits to local theater performances, and seeing Niagara Falls, all ranked high on the students’ list of fun. At the top of the list was time spent enjoying something that isn’t readily available in Brazil: snowboarding. And favorite food?

“Chicken wings,” smiles Jefferson. “The super hot ones!” The visiting group members left looking to plan the next visit — to Brazil by Daemen students.

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