The technical quality of the students who graduated from the Department of Computer Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (DCC/UFMG) has contributed to the emergence of a dynamic and innovative environment in the state, characterized by interactions between foreign companies and the local workforce. Today, DCC/UFMG alumni, at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels, can work in companies from all over the world, without leaving the country. This is the case of Wilson Carvalho, MSc in Computer Science, who graduated in 2017. Presently, he works as a software engineer at Cyral, a California-based startup. In order to strengthen its links with the university, Cyral has been investing in scholarships for current DCC/UFMG students, with the goal of having these future professionals in the company's team, once they graduate.
According to Wilson, DCC students go through several filters since entering the department until they are done with the university. Students who choose to continue their education in the graduate program have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge even further in fundamental computer science skills, for at that level, they can participate effectively in research and publications. "I have seen over the years that a professional who knows the fundamentals of computer science can learn any applied tool. Today, I create work positions, hire new employees and interact with the students coming from DCC/UFMG. I am very satisfied with the quality of the students: it's definitely above the market's average," he says.
This historic excellence of students who graduated from DCC (confirmed by the last University Ranking from Folha de São Paulo), serves as a "seal of approval" to the department's courses. According to the ranking, the market considers the students to be superb professionals, which makes them a workforce disputed by national and international companies. "Our greatest capital, without any question, are the students. More than software developers, our objective, as a university, is to train leaders who will attract technological expertise and wealth to our country. Every student who graduates from the department can be seen as an investment that pays back," says Fernando Pereira, an associate professor at DCC/UFMG.
According to Carvalho, the options for companies where technology is an end rather than a means are not vast in Brazil. "In a way, what is happening now is that this recognition is becoming more evident and faster outside the country. We also have a very positive cycle, where former students open doors to new ones and keep the department in touch with the best people in the various segments of the IT industry", explained the Cyral software engineer.
Despite working for an international company, Wilson lives in Belo Horizonte/Minas Gerais. For him, that is the best professional experience he had since entering the job market 19 years ago. "Daily, I have meetings that involve people spread across four continents and at least six different time zones. My definition of a multicultural environment has been completely redefined and saying "good morning, good afternoon and good night" when entering a single meeting room has been part of my daily routine," he concluded.