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Number of graduate degrees falls during the pandemic in Brazil

Shortfall in scholarship funding discourages applicants from pursuing further study – an indication of the way the sector has been mismanaged

degrees Shortfall in scholarship funding discourages applicants from pursuing further study – an indication of the way the sector has been mismanaged
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The number of master’s and doctoral degrees awarded in Brazil fell during the pandemic, interrupting the growth trajectories seen in recent years. But although Covid may have disrupted or delayed some applicants’ plans for further study, the main cause for the recent drop is the lack of investment in the sector and the general lack of coordination by responsible state entities. 

What the data shows. Using information from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes) up to 2020, the last year with available data, the number of both master’s and Ph.D. holders suffered a significant drop compared...

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