In 2022, Insper started an unprecedented partnership with the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, in the United States, in the areas of education and knowledge generation. The cooperation bolsters the Computer Science program at Insper, as well as its Engineering programs through educational technologies, teacher training, development of applied research and exchange programs.
It is the first time the University of Illinois establishes a collaboration of such kind with a Latin American higher education institution in the field of technology. As a result, Insper has become one of the select institutions worldwide in extensive collaboration with the UIUC Grainger College of Engineering.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is part of an educational system founded in 1867 in the state of Illinois, which has nearly 95,000 students. Of this total, 50,000 are on campus in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign representing over 100 countries.
In its universe of 470,000 alumni there are 24 Nobel Prize winners. According to a survey by the website Best Masters Programs, UIUC is the 24th educational institution in the world that has produced the most Nobel laureates.
The Grainger College of Engineering is one of the embryos of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as it was the third program to be established on campus, in 1868. The undergraduate engineering programs are among the top 10 in the U.S. News & World Report, one of the traditional lists of educational institutions in the United States. Its Computer Science program is among the top five in its field in the United States.
In the cornerstone of education, the cooperation with the University of Illinois aims to enhance the already superior levels of innovation and quality of Insper’s computing curriculum, focused on developing professionals who will lead the digital transformation of the economy. The goal is to have a very practice-oriented program combined with a solid conceptual basis.
Still in the framework of education, Insper relies on the expertise of UIUC for the make-up of undergraduate and graduate programs that combine Data Science and Computer Science with other areas of knowledge, such as Business, Economics, Philosophy and Engineering.
Also an essential part of this cornerstone is the collaboration on educational technologies for feedback and the personalization of learning, which is already used in other Insper programs and will be further developed. The Grainger College of Engineering will help Insper incorporate automatic feedback and customization of learning paths and assessment items across multiple courses. This feature enables the student to advance at their own pace, while receiving feedback as soon as they complete a lesson or assignment.
The cornerstone of knowledge generation consists of engaging in applied research aimed at improving the technical knowledge necessary to solve society’s problems, in addition to having the faculty stand at the frontier of knowledge, and the curriculum of the program constantly updated.
The partnership has been thought out to include collaboration in research and teaching. Insper professors will work with students and professors in Illinois on joint research projects. The project details can be found here.
Incoming Insper faculty will be able to spend time at the North-American school and to be part of the Future Faculty Fellows program, so as to gain teaching experience and develop research collaborations that will continue when they join Insper.
The cooperation between Insper and the University of Illinois facilitates the implementation of exchange programs for the students of both institutions, while also enabling outstanding Brazilian undergraduate students to spend some research time on the Illinois campus.
The two institutions are also exploring opportunities to coordinate undergraduate programs. One would include the option for students to complete three years of a bachelor’s degree and one year of a master’s degree at Insper and then continue their studies in the master’s program in Illinois, then earning a dual master’s degree.
When it comes to dual degrees, there are ways to advance credits and reduce the total duration of the programs for students who have their undergraduate degree at Insper and then their master’s degree in Illinois.
|Nancy M. Amato
Bliss Professor and
Dean of Academic Affairs