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The Importance of Rescuing The Great Names of Brazilian Education

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Gabriel Mario Rodrigues – President of the Board of Directors of ABMES – The Brazilian Association of Owners of Private Higher Education Institutions.

“The history, ideas, work, entrepreneurship and challenges of the great names of Brazilian private education will need to be remembered.” (Prof. Eletro Bonini – UNAERP Ribeirão Preto)

The experience of the Board of Directors (BD) in the organizational structure of The Brazilian Association of Owners of Private Higher Education Institutions (ABMES) in these 15 months of operation has been successful.

The association’s executive presidency takes care of institutional development actions with government agencies, addresses educational issues of interest to members, as well as multiple day-to-day operational actions. The BD should think about strategic actions and vision of the future, with the purpose of perpetuating the entity. In this sense, the Presidency and Council should work in harmony and focused on the social objectives of the ABMES.

For the sake of completeness, we present, in a brief report, the works and proposals of the BD for 2018. The material can be accessed by the members of the ABMES website (www.abmes.org.br). However, it should be noted here the projects in progress, as they are interesting initiatives:

1- Open Doors: project presented by Prof. Antônio Veronezi, that places the university’s facilities in its idle periods at the disposal of public school students, to take advantage of the offer of special classes and laboratory practices. Guided by tutors, young people have an initial contact with university life. In São Paulo there is support from the Secretary of Education and the pilot project at the University of Sant Amaro (Unisa) is in full swing.

2- Studies and analyzes of the following topics:

  1. a) how much the state invested in public universities in the last 80 years and the results obtained;
  2. b) what the families and students invested to obtain a university degree;
  3. c) what investments will be necessary for lower-income families to have financing for their members;
  4. d) comparative analysis of the benefits and burdens of these actions.

3- Educator’s Entrepreneurship Memorial:

We do not know the work of a deeper analysis to show how Brazilian education owes to educators who, since the sixties, have collaborated with initiatives in favor of higher education of the country. Thanks to the enterprising vision of leaders of religious entities of all the cults; of existing and other educational institutions that have been graduating over time, particular higher education since the 1960s has so far formed about 96 million professionals while the public 31 million. Today the system has about 2,407 IES, whereas at the beginning of 1960 there were only 222.

The 1950s, after the War, witnessed a continued development of the country as a result of demographic growth and industrialization that expanded businesses and services. This context has brought the requirement of human resources at all levels to meet business challenges.

In the sixties, the public university system had no more room to enroll those who wished to study and there were excesses of applicants everywhere, that although approved in the entrance exam were not able to secure places to enroll. It was from this reality that the government, in order to meet the demands for higher education, called for the private initiative to collaborate with the training of professionals for the country’s development. The Federal Council of Education (CFE), the government’s agency that decided on the authorization of courses, approved the creation of private institutions with more intensity, starting in the seventies, and new colleges began to be created in all the main cities.

It is this story of the Brazilian educational pioneers that we wish to record, ever since they landed in Brasilia with their suitcases full of projects and, anxiously, were running the corridors of the “Queimadinho” (headquarters of the CFE) looking for the approval for their courses.

We also want to tell about the whole odyssey of participating during the commissions of those days that came to examine the school’s physical conditions. And about installing libraries, labs, appropriate classrooms. And about the day-to-day, attending students and dealing with and paying teachers with qualifying salaries, having adequate tuitions, granting scholarships in bulk, and, of course, with a full college entrance examination and enrollment lines that turned the corners. And about how all this dynamized the local economies and made them educational hubs.

It was a time when, for example, everything stopped on a college entrance exam in Moji / SP. There were more than 400 buses and I do not know how many cars. In the golden days with two universities, students moved the local economy.

The execution of the Memorial is scheduled for the next 12 months and will also include interviews with great Brazilian educators and relatives of those who have died, retrieval of archival material and archival exposure.

It is important to remember that ideas, however good they may be, require executors, focus and dedication. Therefore, I thank the Advisors who during these past 15 months have collaborated and honored the BD with their presence at meetings and work, as well as the Executive Secretary, Valdemar Ottani,  and his assistant, Sabrina Moraes. We are also grateful to Executive President of ABMES, Prof. José Janguiê, and all the staff, led by Solon Caldas and Lidyane Lima, who gave us support during this period.

2018 is right here and the challenges will be immense. It is important for the country to find through the electoral process the political leaderships that we need to continue development and the well-being of the population.

To the members of ABMES and the readers of this article, a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous year of accomplishments.

Current advisors:

Antonio Carbonari Netto
Antonio Colaço
Antônio Veronezi
Arthur Macedo
Candido Mendes
Carmen Silva
Ednilton Soárez
Édson Franco
Eduardo Soares
Gabriel Mario Rodrigues
Hermes Figueiredo
Hiran Rabelo
Ihanmarck Damasceno
Jânyo Diniz
Manoel Barros
Paulo Chanan

Advisors who are no longer on the Board:
Paulo Antonio Gomes Cardim
Décio Correia Lima