> Matéria para o Terra sobre como o aumento da anuidade das universidades britânicas afetam estudantes brasileiros, publicada no dia 22 de dezembro de 2010 (leia aqui).
Além das estudantes brasileiras – que me deram um depoimento bem completo sobre suas vivências e impressões para o futuro -, cada um dos especialistas têm um background superinteressante (clique nos links para ler sobre eles): o pesquisador Steve Woodfield (Kingston University), de uma das melhores instituições da área no Reino Unido, o reitor Nigel Thrift (Warwick University) – uma das melhores, após Oxford e Cambridge, localizada em Coventry – e Tom Chigbo, da União dos Estudantes da Universidade de Cambridge.
> Ao pesquisador Steve Woodfield, perguntei ainda qual era a opinião dele sobre o Ensino Superior no Brasil:
“As Brazil is one of the ‘BRIC’ economies, trends in its higher education system are closely watched by many in the UK. From the outside it appears that the Brazilian HE sector is seeking to expand to meet the demand for qualified graduates as its economy grows and develops. Unlike the UK, the private sector is a significant provider of HE in Brazil, helping to improve access to post-secondary education at relatively low cost. However, the public sector is still associated with higher quality provision and entrance is highly competitive, and viewed as ‘elitist’. Like many countries seeking to expand access whilst maintaining quality and controlling costs, the Brazilian HE system faces many structural challenges (e.g. secondary-level attainment, a lack of qualified applicants, uneven quality of institutions, student dropouts). However, the government is seeking to address these issues through policies focused on affirmative action, supporting low-income students to study in university, and improving participation and achievement in secondary education. In addition, the top universities in Brazil are beginning to increase their focus on international partnerships as a means of enhancing quality and international exposure through developing research links and promoting student and staff mobility.”