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Higher Education Policy and the Dilemmas of Internationalization in Brazil

October 5, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series invites you to its discussion titled, “Higher Education Policy and the Dilemmas of Internationalization in Brazil” with Frederico Menino, PhD student in Sociology at The New School for Social Research.

 

This presentation will investigate recent developments in higher education policy and research worldwide, with special attention given to internationalization initiatives implemented by the Brazilian Federal Government in the last couple of decades. As evidenced by the growing literature on the field, the internationalization of universities, students and scholars has become a focal point for multidisciplinary studies on Globalization, Multiculturalism and Development within the contemporary context of the “knowledge economy”. I will address part of this vast literature from a critical standpoint, by shedding light over an aspect of internationalization policies in higher education that has usually been disregarded by the literature: the transformative experience of international students and scholars and their role in the legitimization of internationalization policies, discourses and practices in higher education. The presentation will also showcase preliminary analysis of in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations conducted over the past three years with Brazilian students and scholars in the United States. The personal narratives of Brazilian international academics will be treated as fundamental elements to understand the continuous and paradoxical processes through which Brazil — and other Latin American nations — find and continuously redefine their place in a globalized world.

 

Frederico Menino is a PhD student in Sociology at The New School for Social Research, where he studies contemporary trends in Higher Education, with a particular focus in the internationalization of Brazilian universities and scholars. He holds a Master Degree in Political Science from the University of São Paulo (2009), and has conducted various research projects in academic institutions in Brazil, England, Germany and the United States, on topics ranging from participatory democracy to rural social movements and territorial development. Since 2012, Frederico has also worked as Educational Aide at the Consulate-General of Brazil in New York, where he supervises the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (“Ciência sem Fronteiras”).

Venue

802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Phone:
212-854-4643
Website:
ilas.columbia.edu