Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy

Higher Education, Government, and International Collaboration 

The last few decades have been a time of impressive growth and change for higher education in Latin America. Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy reviews the policies, institutions, and programs that helped bring about these changes, as well as their outcomes in terms of access, workforce training, and research. In the book, leading scholars from Latin America in the U.S. explore key issues, including higher education’s role in advanced workforce development, trends in academic mobility and outcomes for brain circulation, and investment in the region by U.S. universities and corporations.

Table of Contents

Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE
William L. Gertz, President and CEO, AIFS

Introduction: Latin American Higher Education Systems in a Historical and Comparative Perspective
Jorge Balán, Columbia University

Chapter 1: Government and University Autonomy: The Governance Structure of Latin American Public Institutions
Andrés Bernasconi, Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile

Chapter 2: Training the 21st Century Knowledge Workers: Higher Education and Workforce Development in Latin America
Ana García de Fanelli, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad, Argentina

Chapter 3: Building Knowledge-based Economies in Latin America: The Role of National Study Abroad Scholarship Programs
Raisa Belyavina and Jordan Brensinger, IIE

Chapter 4: Breaking down Societal Barriers: Increasing Access and Equity to Higher Education in Latin America
Oscar Espinoza, Universidad UCINF, Chile

Chapter 5: Trends in Student and Academic Mobility: From “Brain Drain” to “Brain Gain” in Latin America
Sylvie Didou Aupetit, Cinvestav, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico

Chapter 6: Partnerships and Outposts: New Roles for U.S. Universities in Latin American Higher Education
Jason Lane, University at Albany – SUNY

Chapter 7: Toward 100,000 Strong: Western Hemisphere Academic Exchanges
Meghann Curtis and Lisa Kraus, U.S. Department of State

Chapter 8: Academic Research and Advanced Training: Building up Research Universities in Brazil
Elizabeth Balbachevsky, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Chapter 9: The Brazil Science Without Borders Program: Advancing Innovation, Competitiveness and Business Leadership

  • Interview with Aloizio Mercadante, Education Minister, Government of Brazil
  • The Brazil Scientific Mobility Undergraduate Program in the United States

Appendix: Broadening Opportunities for Higher Education Exchange in Latin America and the Caribbean: IIE’s Role and Work in the Region
Neshani Jani and Jonah Kokodyniak, IIE