To silence the campi

This paper wonders if the measures taken by the Lula Da Silva administration, such as the Universidade para Todos Project (PROUNI), Sistema Nacional de Educação and Projeto de Lei de Inovação Tecnológica, configure an articulated action about higher education and, if they do, whether one can apprehend a thrust that turns their course intelligible. It advocates that it is the Public-Private Partnership that connects these initiatives, and thus allows us to encounter a meaning for the expected changes in the Brazilian public universities. The text then analyzes the conjectures and probable consequences of the Public-Private Partnership Project, and discusses their expressions in higher education - PROUNI and Inovação - to conclude that these movements show that the main thrust of the higher education expansion will be a private supply subsidized by public resources, an option that reduces the number of new enrollments. The Public-Private Partnership (Inovação and PROUNI) redefines public institutions and contributes to erasing the modern border between public and private, converting education into a commodity and universities into a place of academic capitalism. With the erosion of the concept of public space as a place of knowledge production, criticism will suffer severe restrictions, which will bring the problem of academic freedom again.

University; Educational policies; Technological innovation; Public; Private; Knowledge production


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