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Science, Innovation and Higher Education in Brazil

Today, Brazil is one of the greatest growth centres in the world politically, economically and scientifically. 


Recent OECD figures show that education investment as a proportion of GDP – although starting from a low point – grew more in Brazil than in any other OECD nation from 2000-2008.


Likewise, in recent large scale federal investment schemes such as the Action Plan for Science and Technological Development  with its investment of more than 41 billion reais between 2007-2010 and the recently launched national strategy on S, T & I ENCTI – the Brazilian government put a strong emphasis on the expansion and consolidation of the national system of science and technology and the promotion of technological innovation in business as one of the key drivers to help Brazil fulfil its potential for long-term economic growth.


The Brazilian investments in higher education and research have recently been mirrored in the first international ranking of Latin American Universities published in October 2011. The ranking clearly shows the Brazilian predominance in the field and provides further evidence of the emergence of Brazil as an economic superpower. Universidade de São Paulo (USP) tops the table, with Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais joining in the top ten. There are eight Brazilian universities in the top-20 – and the Brazilian predominance in the region becomes even more impressive if one looks at the top ten of scientific papers per faculty where nine are Brazilian!


The latest large scale investment in the area of S, T & I is the nationwide scholarship programme Ciência sem Fronteiras (Science without Borders) supporting international mobility of Brazilian higher education and science. By 2015 the programme aims at qualifying more than 100.000 students and researchers by exposing them to environments of high competitiveness and entrepreneurship at the best universities and R&D centres worldwide – including institutions in Denmark - primarily within already focused areas of strong industrial interest in Brazil such as natural sciences, engineering, agriculture, energy, health and ICT.


By following the links below, you will find more information related to the fields of science, innovation and higher education in Brazil.