On August 6, 2013, Eliane Norgang Oliveira defended her master dissertation at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi. Elaine was the first recipient of a Riley Scholarship at Anhembi Morumbi, a special program launched by Laureate International Universities and the Clinton Global Initiative, to complete her master’s degree.
Under the title, "Leveraging educational structures to provide delivering hands on experience in an academic space," the study discussed the field of hospitality management and the integration of delivering hospitality services and educational programs in a school environment. The intention of the dissertation was to better understand the dynamics of this relationship within the school space, as well as exploring how this is managed by institutions.
After delivering her dissertation, Eliane commented that completing the master's degree was a period during which she felt very welcomed and supported: "I had unconditional support from my teachers and especially when it came to receiving guidance. I was really able to understand the relationship between hospitality and education," she commented.
The creation of this scholarship program was to create access for teachers to graduate and master's degrees to contribute to the continued improvement of educational systems around the world. The program was a global initiative of Laureate International Universities in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which was created by former US President Bill Clinton, who is also Laureate’s Honorary Chancellor. Globally, the program granted one thousand scholarships for public education teachers in 12 countries. Through this work, the initiative seeks to positively impact the education of more than 500,000 students over the next 15 years. In Brazil alone, more than 65 teachers from public institutions have benefited from this program, which is being administered in partnership with the Secretariat Municipal Education.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.