Wilson Center Global Fellow Carlos Eduardo Lins da Silva is awarded Premio Esso 2013

December 5, 2013

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Wilson Center Global Fellow  Carlos Eduardo Lins da Silva shared the 2013 Premio Esso, or Exxon Award, for Best Contribution to Journalism.  Established in 1955, the Esso Journalism award is the most traditional and prestigious recognition for journalists in Brazil. The award is an especially  high distinction because it celebrates the independence, courage and creativity of Brazilian journalists in eleven categories.  The award of Best Contribition to Journalism honoring Lins da Silva was given to Revista de Jornalismo ESPM, the Portuguese language edition of the Columbia Journalism review, for which he is a co-editor along with Eugênio Bussi. CJR is published in Brazil by the Escola Superior de Progaganda e Marketing.  A highly accomplished journalist, author  and educator, Lins da Silva is editor of Politica Externa, Brazil’s top foreign policy journal. He was previously executive editor and Washington correspondent for daily Folha de São Paulo, and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center.

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Two Brazil education firms file for IPO’s; more M&A expected in Brazil

October 7, 2013

Rogerio Jelmayer- Wall Street Journal, 10/04/2013

Two Brazilian education firms this week filed for initial public offerings, amid widespread interest in the booming education industry in Latin America’s largest nation.

On Friday, GAEC Educacao SA, which operates under the brand name Anima Educacao, said it plans to raise as much as 626 million Brazilian reais ($282 million) from an IPO while on Tuesday, Ser Educacional S.A and its shareholders unveiled a plan to raise up to 976.5 million reais from an IPO.

Both companies said they will use proceeds to finance their expansion via acquisitions across the nation.

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TEDGlobal is heading to Rio de Janeiro in 2014

June 13, 2013

Kate Torgovnick – TED, 06/12/2013

Next year, TEDGlobal will be held for the first time in Latin America — in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from October 6-10, 2014, on the beach of Copacabana. The theme for the event is, appropriately, “South!” and will be a celebration of the innovation, dynamism and creativity pouring out of South America, as well as out of the global south at large. Because fresh ideas can come from any direction.

“Rio has been beckoning TED for many years, both metaphorically and literally,” says curator Chris Anderson, explaining why we opted for this new location. “It’s at the heart of a continent bursting with fresh thinking. We’re delighted to finally be going. This conference will be ambitious, a thrilling new chapter for TED’s growing community of global souls.”

TEDGlobal Director Bruno Giussani adds, “We are proud of the conferences we’ve held in Edinburgh. As TED’s international reach has expanded, Latin America has emerged as a clear and exciting next move. Rio is not only a hub of innovation, but presents a rich history and exquisite physical setting.”

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Agriculture and food security: Brazil’s chance to assume leadership among the BRICS?

June 11, 2013

Oliver Stuenkel – Post-Western World, 06/09/2013

The stark differences between Brazil’s and India’s agricultural productivity and their differing positions during trade negotiations in the past years are an often used argument of why South-South cooperation will always be an elusive dream. And indeed, India has often been accused of being a nay-sayer in the realm of agriculture, even by its fellow emerging powers.

It may then come as a surprise that agriculture and food security are among the first topics that emerged when the BRIC grouping began to discuss ways to cooperate. In fact, during the first BRIC Leaders Summit in 2009 in Yekaterinburg, a separate declaration on food security was issued, underlining the importance of the matter.

In the document, the BRICs professed to be “committed to opposing protectionism, establishing a just and reasonable international trade regime for agricultural products, and giving farmers from developing countries incentives to engage in agricultural production.” The 2-page document argues that “the developed and developing countries should address the food security issue according to the principle of common but differentiated responsibility”, a concept that would become a trademark of future BRICS declarations, particularly in the field climate change. Finally, the BRICs signaled their interest in cooperating by “sharing the best practices of operating successful public distribution programmes.”

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In Brazil, fine art draws crowds from favelas to fairs to museums

June 11, 2013

Vincent Bevins- Los Angeles Times, 06/11/2013

Instead of playing in the dirty streets after school, one hot afternoon kids in a local favela, or slum¸ are led into a giant space with bright, high white walls. Assistants lead them around, nudging them to engage with original artworks including reflections on graffiti in their neighborhood and huge collages created by celebrated New York-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz.

A drum hangs from the ceiling, as do two wooden balls. A docent tells the kids they are free to throw them against the instrument and asks them what’s the difference between them and an artist. They are artists now too, she says.

It’s not just here at the Travessias 2 exhibition in the Maré favela, put on by the government, nonprofits and the Automatica production company, that the power of fine art is popping up in Brazilian culture.

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Brazil puts $680m into innovation centers

June 4, 2013

Luisa Massarani – RSC, 06/04/2013

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil will provide $680 million (£445 million) of fundingfor 17 Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDCs). The money will keep the centres going for up to 11 years and will link 535 scientists from the state of São Paulo with another 69 from abroad.

A breakdown of the funding show that FAPESP will deliver $370 million and another $310 million will come from the host institutions where the centres will be based. FAPESP, an independent public foundation with a mission to foster scientific and technological development in the state of São Paulo, created the RIDCs programme in 2000. Originally, there were 11 RIDCs and now another seven have been created in this second round of funding.

‘Our motivation was to offer conditions for São Paulo scientists to attack complex and challenging issues,’ says Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, scientific director of FAPESP. ‘With such goals, the funding is offered in proper amounts in order to allow several scientists to be engaged on a long term basis – up to 11 years, with an evaluation of whether the project should follow on or not at years two, four and seven.’

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Brazil education: the deals keep coming

April 23, 2013

Pan Kwan Yuk – Financial Times, 04/23/2013

It is often said that you can’t put a price on education.

Not so in Brazil, where private sector education has become big business. The move on Monday by Kroton Educacional to acquire rival Anhanguera Educacional Participações in a R$5bn ($2.48bn) all stock deal is the latest in a wave of buyouts to hit the sector in recent years.

The combination of Kroton, Brazil’s largest listed private education provider with a market capitalisation of R$7.3bn, and Anhanguera, the country’s number two, will create one of the world’s biggest for-profit education company, with 1m students and a market cap of R$12bn.

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IRP announces two new media initiatives for 2013: apply now!

October 17, 2012

IRP, 10/15/2012

The International Reporting Project (IRP)is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for two new kinds of global reporting grants in 2013. For the first time in IRP’s history, each of these two new fellowship programs will be open to non-US media professionals as well as to US citizens.

In addition to these two new programs, additional IRP reporting fellowships on specialized topics may be announced soon. Watch our web site for news and updates!

Here are the details of the two new programs in 2013. Qualified applicants may apply to either or both programs.

Click here to apply for the IRP New Media Journalists Trip to India: Examining Child Survival

Click here to apply for IRP’s New Media Fellowships in 2013


New York Times to start Brazil web edition in ’13

October 15, 2012

Melodie Warner – The Wall Street Journal, 10/15/2012

New York Times Co. NYT -1.11% unveiled plans to launch an online, Portuguese-language edition of the Times in Brazil during 2013 as the newspaper publisher looks to expand its global readership.

The media company said the Brazil edition will feature English to Portuguese translations of the Times’s journalism alongside original work by local contributing writers.

The Times will publish 30 to 40 articles a day on the Brazil site, and about one third of the reporting will be original content designed specifically for the site.

“Brazil is an international hub for business that boasts a robust economy, which has brought more and more people into the middle class,” said New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. “As the world gets smaller and digital technology enables us to reach around the globe to attract readers with an interest in high quality news, Brazil is a perfect place for The New York Times to take the next step in expanding our global reach.”

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Professors’ salaries should be based on merit- An interview with Simon Schwartzman on the strike at Brazil’s federal universities

August 7, 2012

O Estado de S.Paulo, 8/6/2012

Following a series of strikes at Brazil’s federal universities which started in May 2012, Simon Schwartzman, an education expert and a past Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, offered  comments in an interview to daily O Estado de S.Paulo.  This is a summary of the interview, available here in the original version in Portuguese.

While many on strike argue that all professors should be paid equally in order to create a better environment for education, Schwartzman offers some insight on the importance of prioritizing performance.

Labor unions leaders have stated that equal pay helps to protect the academic  autonomy of the federal universities. Schwartzman believes, however, that  upholding merit of teaching is an integral aspect of Brazil’s system of higher education. Universities could improve by observing performance, assessing professors and analyzing feedback from peers and students to see how professors compare. With external assessment, the professor’s performance can be objectively assessed. An outstanding performance  would be awarded with higher pay or even promotions. This is precisely the autonomy that Schwartzman argues labor unions should strive for, which is finding the most successful teaching methods and exercising them. Without this system of performance-based evaluation, Schwartzman says  Brazil’s federal universities could enter a vicious cycle of uninspiring teaching and a lack of motivation from students to research and innovate. When this happens, disenchanted professors and students transfer to private universities, further hurting the education integrity of public universities.

Brazil could learn a lesson from the myriad of public universities world-wide that charge tuition fees. Schwartzman suggests by charging tuition to those who can  afford it and offer scholarships to those who cannot, Brazil’s public universities could gain some financial autonomy and gain the freedom to decide how they fund programs, research, and development of the university.


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