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Title Measuring Up: Did Brazil’s Science Without Borders program address the nation’s higher education challenges?
Author Rachael Merola - OBHE


Brazil is one of the largest and most diverse nations in the world. It’s the 5th largest country by both geographical area (3.2 million square miles) and population (210 million), with more than 150 languages and dialects. It constitutes 47% of South America’s land mass and borders every country on the continent except Ecuador and Chile.

In recent decades, the higher education system has grown greatly in investment, enrollments and provision. Direct public expenditure on educational institutions increased by nearly 70% between 2005 and 2011 and has remained relatively stable since that time. The government of Brazil during this period prioritized creating a workforce with skills useful to grow the economy and internationalizing higher education institutions (HEIs) through various programs and interventions. The Science without Borders (SwB) program is one such initiative, designed to internationalize Brazilian universities, increase mobility, improve access to high quality tertiary education, boost graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and improve the quality of graduates entering the workforce.

While evaluations of the outcomes of SwB are nascent, what does early data tell us about the extent to which the program served its purpose? This article overviews some key challenges facing the higher education system in Brazil and whether the SwB program addressed these issues.

Date 05/12/2018
Region(s) Caribbean, Central & South America
Countries Brazil
Theme(s) Mobility

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