International models of higher education
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"What particularities have brought the German, American and French higher education systems to the level of excellence? To shed light on this matter, Brazilian researchers closely examined these countries in 'International Models of Higher Education: the United States, France and Germany'.

“These Countries were chosen because of their relevance in the ‘export’ of models”, the authors Reginaldo C. Moraes, Maitá de Paula e Silva and Luiza Carnicero de Castro write in the presentation of the book, composed of four chapters. “Germany, as is well known, has given many countries the inspiration to replicate the so-called Humboldt University”, marked, among other characteristics, by the incorporation of research activity in the pedagogical practice. “Our second case, the American model, is one of these heirs. Between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, hundreds of American intellectuals with a thirst for advanced knowledge have completed their higher education in that country and brought this model to create the first “research universities” in the United States.

Alongside the German and American models is the French one. “The land of Descartes and the Enlightenment did not only host the first elaborations of decisive scientific fields – Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, Biology, among other disciplines”, the authors write. The French missions created a school and strongly influenced the institutional design of University of São Paulo since its foundation in 1934."