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Engineering Education In Brazil: Some Considerations

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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International Division Poster Session

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15.484.1 - 15.484.12



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Claudio Brito Council of Researches in Education and Sciences

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Melany Ciampi Organization of Researches in Environment, Health and Safety

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Engineering Education in Brazil: Some Considerations

Claudio da Rocha Brito1, Melany M. Ciampi2 1 President of Council of Researches in Education and Sciences 2 President of Organization of Researches in Environment, Health and Safety


Lately a lot of research has been done about education in Brazil and in all of areas of the human knowledge. Brazil traditionally invests modestly in the education in all levels. However thanks to the educators' efforts this has been moving forward so that even with all of the problems it has been facing along history it is still possible to form good professionals. Discussing the education particularly in engineering in Brazil, the discussion permeates the engineer formation: as professional who will enter in the job market as well as the researcher that it develops the science of the engineering and more recently the educator engineer. With roots in Portugal, the engineering education in Brazil has a long history of success. The formation of engineers follows the old French formation model and the engineers formed both the engineer of conception and the engineer of application has been successful. Although there are many critics regarding the model it has showed to be still efficient and appropriate once it gives to the recent formed engineer not only a diploma, but also the professional qualification. This work has as objective to show and to discuss about the most important points of the engineering education in Brazil: the beginning, the development, its current state, the impact of the globalization and the perspectives for the future.

Keywords: Global thinking; local awareness; contemporary paradigm; sciences advancement; generalist formation; strong ethics.

1. Introduction

Unpredictable is the future of globalization process once it is not possible to foreseen the big players’ next movement in such huge business game of fighting for markets. The world has been change in such a speedy that the distances are smaller and so we have a larger number of people moving around, interacting with different cultures and habits and at the same time having a kind of influence. Enterprises are looking for new talents no matter where they are and so more opportunities and the reverse side of the same coin more competitiveness. The history shows an enormous amount of companies and engineers working in different places in the world accomplishing huge projects promoting the development of countries and societies.

Brito, C., & Ciampi, M. (2010, June), Engineering Education In Brazil: Some Considerations Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16313

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