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Glaucius Oliva CNPq/MCTI. Jorge Guimarães CAPES/MEC. Landscape of the Brazilian Higher Education System. Number of Enrolments in Higher Education ( only undergraduates , includes distance education ) 2001-2010. 6.379.299. Fonte: MEC / Inep. Masters and PhD Degrees awarded per year.

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glaucius oliva cnpq mcti
Glaucius OlivaCNPq/MCTI

Jorge GuimarãesCAPES/MEC


NumberofEnrolments in HigherEducation

(onlyundergraduates, includes distanceeducation)



Fonte: MEC / Inep

masters and phd degrees awarded per year
Masters and PhD Degrees awarded per year

38,800 MSc in 2009

11,400 PhD in 2009

national development strategy
National Development Strategy
  • Invest in people: development of skills and competences needed to the full insertion in the knowledge-based economy
  • Focus on the national strategic challenges
        • Engineering and other technological areas
        • Strategic areas
  • Promotion of industrial R,D&I
science without borders program
Science Without Borders Program
  • Boost Brazilian science, technology, innovation and competitiveness through the expansion of international mobility. (100.000 fellowships in 4 years)
  • Increase the presence of Brazilian researchers and students of various levels in institutions of excellence overseas;Brazilian institutions will open similar opportunities for foreign scientists and students;
  • Increase the innovative expertise of personnel from the technological industries;
  • Attract young scientific talents and highly qualified researchers to work in Brazil.
priority areas
Priority Areas
  • Engineering and other technological areas;
  • Natural Sciences
  • Health and Biomedical Sciences ;
  • Computing and Information Technology;
  • Aerospace;
  • Pharmaceuticals;
  • Sustainable Agricultural Production;
  • Oil and gas;
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Renewable Energy;
  • Minerals;
  • Biotechnology;
  • Nanotechnology and New Materials;
  • Technology for prevention and mitigation of natural disasters;
  • Biodiversity and bioprospection;
  • Marine Sciences;
  • Technologies for the green economy;
  • New technologies for constructive engineering;
  • Capacity building for technical personnel.
brazilians going abroad
Brazilians going abroad
  • Support the travel and scholarships for living and installation expenses and health insurance;
  • Undergraduate studentsfor 6 months, or up to 12 months if an internship in laboratory or in industry is included;
  • Support fordoctoral degrees abroad, either in complete PhD programs or in 12 months “sandwich”stays;
  • Postdoctoral fellowships: For candidates with a doctorate, and accepted in leading international institutions abroad. Minimum of 6 months and maximum of 24 months.
  • Sabbatical fellowships for senior researchers
strategies 1
Strategies (1)
  • Estimulation of spontaneous demand from Brazilian students and researchers:
    • SWG fellowships to Scientific Initiation Programs
    • SWE fellowships to Post-graduate programs
    • Regular calls for GDE, PDE and ESN fellowships
    • Highly selective criteria
    • Stimulate bilateral agreements between Brazilian and foreign universities
strategies 2
Strategies (2)
  • Agreements with Institutions and Universities:
    • Define nr of places, tuition/bench fees, selection processes
    • Induced national calls for applications
    • Identify ways to facilitate the sending of Brazilian students to American Universities (lodging, visas, etc..)
    • Support for prior development of language skills
young talents to brazil brazilian or foreigners
Young talents to Brazil(Brazilian or foreigners)
  • Payment of fellowship and resources to 2 to 3 years of work in Brazil with a local group;
  • The host research group receives funds, as a bench fee;
  • International calls of proposals in leading international journals.
  • Up to 200 young researchers per year.
s pecial visiting researchers brazilian or foreigners
Special Visiting Researchers(Brazilian or foreigners)
  • Senior researchers to perform joint projects with research groups in Brazil and to work in Brazil for one or two months every year;
  • Doctoral students and post doctoral personnel will be supported to work in the project;
  • Very attractive fellowship + funding for the local laboratory;
  • Distinct ways of collaborating with Brazilian scientists may be proposed.
thank you


Glaucius OlivaCNPq/MCTI

Jorge GuimarãesCAPES/MEC