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ERIC Number: ED521521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Brazil's Higher Education Responses to the Global Challenges of the 21st Century. Thinking Brazil. No. 23
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
"Thinking Brazil" is an electronic publication of the Brazil Institute. This issue of "Thinking Brazil" highlights the research of Elizabeth Balbachevsky. On July 24, 2006, Elizabeth Balbachevsky, Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and Associate Professor of Political Science, Universidade de Sao Paulo, presented her research on the evolution of Brazil's system of higher education and the impact of recent reforms. In particular, her research analyzed the reforms taking place in Brazil and interpreted the impact of such processes over the work conditions of Brazil's academic professionals. The economic reforms of the 1990s increased demands on the system of higher education to improve the quality of education and academic research, Balbachevsky explained. Balbachevsky concluded by noting that input indicators (rather than outputs) are still used to measure institutional performance, creating opportunistic behavior among both private and public institutions rather than actual improvements in quality. She added that one of the greatest challenges is to reverse the inward orientation of the academic community--indeed, fewer than 20 percent of professors have contact with the international community. This is exacerbated by the fact that the insularity of Brazilian academia is not viewed as a problem by society.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Brazil Institute