Student from the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Maranhão and fellow of Science Without Borders program at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Paulo Henrique Santos Queiroz is in Hungary since the beginning of 2014. After the ending of his academics activities, the student started to be part of the STRABAG team as an intern.
STRABAG is the largest construction company in Eastern Europe and one of the largest construction companies in the world, with more than 76,800 employees. The company is active in Germany, in all countries of Eastern Europe and some specific areas of Western Europe, also operates in the Arabian Peninsula, Canada, Chile, India and China.
“The company works with different kinds of construction: Railways, Commercial Buildings, Bridges, Roads and so on. Here, I had the opportunity to see different sectors of the company, comprising all stages of construction. We could monitor projects and execution of various types of work in the construction. My first work experience could not have been more complete.”
After this initial moment of integration, Paulo worked in the Quality and Safety Management of STRABAG. “Work on Quality requires huge responsibility because it directly influences how the society sees the company as it can ensure satisfaction to both workers and customers. It was part of our work beyond Quality Management, which includes both the safety of workers and the people who live around as environmental safety; checking the properties of the products delivered to the site; also checking the execution quality itself. In the end, it’s an area of work that, despite strenuous, it is extremely rewarding because it interferes with the final result of the construction”, says the student.
The international environment offered by the company was one of the greatest points of the internship. According to Paulo, the work environment reflected the meaning of living in Budapest. “All the projects were available in English, everybody could communicate with me, and I also could practice more some knowledge on Hungarian Language. This diversity, absolutely, is a factor of development for the whole team. And I cannot forget to talk about the ever-present help of engineers and technicians available to resolve our doubts and integrate into the company’s everyday life. I am sure I could not have started my professional career in a better way”, he adds.
The student also participated in technological development activities throughout the academic year under the supervision, in Hungary, of the professor Katalin Kopecskó (Department of Construction Materials and Engineering Geology of BME; and the professor Fábio Henrique Silva Sales (Department of Physics of IFMA), at Brazil.
“The experience of a student who participates in the Science without Borders is also a personal achievement. I’m happy to say that I could make improvements in my professional and academic life. I am immensely grateful to the Brazilian people for the opportunity granted herein to develop skills and abilities that could provide me such professional, academic and above all, personal progresses. I believe that a horizon of new opportunities opens up for those who open themselves to the program. These experiences made me believe in my potential and they show me that with dedication, every single one of us can fulfill our dreams”, concludes the student.
Science without borders
Launched in December 2011, the Science without Borders seeks to promote the consolidation, expansion and internationalization of science and technology, innovation and Brazilian competitiveness through the exchange and international mobility. The initiative is the result of joint effort of the Ministries of Education (MEC) and Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) through their respective funding agencies – Capes and CNPq.
It also seeks to attract researchers from abroad who want to settle in Brazil or establish partnerships with Brazilian researchers in the priority areas defined in the program, and create opportunities for companies of researchers receive specialized training abroad. Program data can be found in the Control Panel CsF.