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Avaliação: Revista da Avaliação da Educação Superior (Campinas)

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DIAS SOBRINHO, José. University in times of precariousness and uncertainties. Avaliação (Campinas) [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.3, pp.736-753. ISSN 1982-5765.

Hope adds sense to education. Hope is the belief in and expectation towards the potential to transcend the historical situation of each human being and the whole of humankind. Education is the process of human formation through which individuals have to surpass some of their existential and social imperfections seeking to become a citizen who is more consistently equipped to live in society. Education is essential, and thus, it is irreplaceable. It is a public good, so it must hold quality for all. Social and economic living requires a broad formation for citizen-professionals, technically and intellectually competent, but also ethical. Today’s society has naturalized uncertainty and lost sense and reference of life. There is a need to promote science that benefits the lives human beings. Education in all levels, particularly university education and the science-technology-innovation system need to claim back its formative, public role. They need to promote knowledge, public debate and autonomy of thought to keep creating sustainable ways to shape a plural, dynamic, dignified society. Human transcendency requires broadening human conscience.

Keywords : Hope; Public education; Human formation; University; Science.

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