The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy is pleased to announce the upcoming public forum co-sponsored by the NYU Steinhardt Office of Global Programs:


The Transformation of Higher Education in Brazil
The Good and The Not-So-Good

Renato H. L. Pedrosa
University of Campinas (Unicamp)


Event Details:
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 12:30-2:00 PM
Payne Room, 4th Floor of Pless Hall
82 Washington Square East

Lunch colloquium

Higher Education in Brazil has changed dramatically in the course of the last 15 years. After a fairly stable and stagnant period, enrollment in higher education nationwide has tripled, graduate programs and indexed research have exploded, social inclusion through Affirmative Action and other means have become a critical issue, and new assessment systems have been put in place.

But some of these changes came with disturbing side-effects: quality is uneven, for-profit institutions are now responsible for more than half of national undergraduate enrollment (though they lack research and graduate programs), internationalization is a mirage, and there is lack of coordination and planning in the public sector. This colloquium will present data and information on these aspects of higher education in Brazil, concluding with recent trends that will likely push for even further transformation.

Renato H. L. Pedrosa is Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) and is currently Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Unicamp and Coordinator of the Higher Education Studies Group at the University's Center for Advanced Studies. He has served as Coordinator for Undergraduate Programs for the Institute of Mathematics at Unicamp and coordinated the Committee that developed a master plan for Higher Education for the state of São Paulo, within the State Department of Science and Technology (2005-2006).

Seating is limited.