Pedro Brancoli.

Pedro returned to Borås to complete a Master’s

After a period of exchange studies at the University of Borås, Pedro Brancoli just knew he wanted to return to complete a Master’s in Resource Recovery. Today, he works as a research assistant at the University of Borås.

Why did you choose to study for a Master's in Resource Recovery?

“I was doing my Bachelor’s in Brazil when I saw the possibility to do an exchange semester at the University of Borås. I was selected and in Sweden I did some courses in Resource Recovery. The first courses gave me a very good overview about the subject, and when I was back in Brazil, I was sure that I wanted to come back and complete a Master’s. In Brazil, I joined a project in cooperation with the University of Borås and I was granted a scholarship to pursue my Master’s here.“

What was your impression of UB the first time you were here?

“I liked it very much. It is an international university, and I find it quite interesting. I have colleagues from different parts of the world, and I believe that brings different perspectives to the classroom, which is fascinating.“

Pedro Brancoli 
From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
Previously done: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, specialisation in water resources and environment. Work with a textile reactor for biogas production that was developed at the University of Borås. Work with the development of environmental stewardship plans for different Brazilian seaports. Master’s degree in Resource Recovery. 
Currently doing: Research assistant at the University of Borås. Hope to get funding for the PhD studies to be able to carry out research on identifying hot-spots in urban material waste.

And of Borås?

“It is quite an interesting city with all the sculptures and the street art. I really like to live here. I come from a very big city in Brazil, so I appreciate the fact a lot that Borås is comparatively a small city and that I can get anywhere by bike. And if you miss a big city, Gothenburg is quite close.“

What did you think about the studies?

“They were quite nice. The programme is very interdisciplinary and combines regular lectures with lab work and study visits.”

What was the best part of the studies?

“That was during the last study year, when I could dedicate all my time carrying out research for my thesis project.”

You were recently honoured by the Sparbanksstiftelsen Sjuhärad scholarship for integrating sustainable development into your final thesis when the university celebrated the Days of Knowledge. What was your reaction to that?

“A professor complimented me on the prize in the corridor at the university. I had no idea about it, so it was a very nice surprise and an honour to receive it.”

What recommendations would you give to prospective students of the Master’s programme in Resource Recovery?

“It can be quite hard and time-demanding, but if you are interested in the subject, it is definitely the place to be. Also, it is important to keep in mind that there are three different specialisations: Industrial Biotechnology, Energy Technology and Polymer Technology.

What are you doing today?

“I am currently employed as a research assistant at the University of Borås and we are looking for funding to finance my PhD studies so I can carry out research about identifying hot-spots in urban material waste.”

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Text and photo: Solveig Klug