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The Brazilian scientists among the world’s most influential

The Brazilian scientists among the world's most influential

Despite a turbulent period for Brazilian academia, which has been hit hard by the austerity policies of recent years and suffered a grave brain drain in the process, 11 local scientists have made it onto the esteemed annual list of the most cited researchers in the world.

Education has always been one of Brazil most critical issues. And, in recent times, things have somehow gotten worse, particularly for public universities. Since 2009, Brazil’s spending per student has decreased. While the total budget rose by 40 percent, the number of students increased even further: 44 percent. The budget for science...

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