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Perspectives and challenges for higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean: Interview with Roberto Leher, Rector of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with comments made by Mário Luiz Neves de Azevedo, from the State University of Maringá

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Published: 2018-12-17

Authors

Fernanda Geremias Leal

State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC) (doctorate student) and Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) (employee at the International Office)

Roberto Leher

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Mário Luiz Luiz Neves De Azevedo

Universidade Estadual de Maringá

Keywords: Higher Education; Latin America; Educational policies

Abstract

An interview with Professor Roberto Leher, Rector of the largest federal public university in Brazil, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), on the situation of higher education in the country and in Latin America and the Caribbean. The interview addresses the preparation of Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo (AUGM), created in 1990 and composed by 35 public universities from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, for the III Regional Conference for Higher Education (CRES), held in Cordoba, Argentina, in June 2018. The interview addresses, among other aspects, higher education as a public good and fundamental human social and individual right; the commodification of the sector in Latin America; the influence of international organizations in the directions of higher education around the world; the advances of science and the challenges in the development of the countries of the region; the importance of CRES for the future of the university, as well as the role of student participation and mobilization in this scenario. At the end of the interview, there is an analysis with comments made by Professor Mario Luiz Neves de Azevedo, researcher of the field in Brazil.

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Author Biographies

Fernanda Geremias Leal

State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC) (doctorate student) and Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) (employee at the International Office)

Doctorate student at the Programa de Pós-graduação em Administração of ESAG/UDESC.

Roberto Leher

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Reitor da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (julho de 2015 a julho de 2019). Professor Titular da Faculdade de Educação e do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação da UFRJ, na linha Políticas e Instituições Educacionais. Doutor em Educação pela Universidade de São Paulo. Desenvolve pesquisa em políticas públicas em educação.

Mário Luiz Luiz Neves De Azevedo

Universidade Estadual de Maringá

Professor titular na Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM). Doutor em Educação pela Universidade de São Paulo. Pós-doutorado na Universidade de Bristol (Inglaterra). Vice-reitor da UEM (2006-2010). Foi membro da comissão organizadora da Conferência Regional de Educação Superior (CRES-2008). Faz parte da diretoria eleita da ANPEd (2015-2019). Pesquisador do CNPq (Brasil).

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Published: 2018-12-17

How to Cite

Leal, F. G., Leher, R., & De Azevedo, M. L. L. N. (2018). Perspectives and challenges for higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean: Interview with Roberto Leher, Rector of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with comments made by Mário Luiz Neves de Azevedo, from the State University of Maringá. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26, 166. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.26.4286