198,739,269 population for 2009, according to US Census Bureau.

90% of adults and 97.8% of youth(15-24) are literate.
higher education
general enrollment ratio (GER):
34% are enrolled in higher education.

30% - m
39% - f

GER is the number of pupils enrolled in a given level of education regardless of age expressed as a percentage of the population in the theoretical age group for that level of education.
spending on education:
16.1% of government spending goes to education. Of that 17% goes to higher education.
number of universities/higher education institutions:
2013 total institutions including profession and vocational tertiary institutions.

289 out of 2013 rank in the top 8,000 universities in the world.

There are about 2000+ higher education institututions (HEIs) in Brazil of which 11% are public and 89% are private institutions.
Among the public HEIs 42% are federal, 34% are state operated and 24% are run by municipalities. The municipal HEIs are mainly colleges, schools and institutes.
Among the private HEIs 78% are profit-seeking institutions while 20% are non-profit institutions run by religious, community or philanthropic organizations.
Research is mainly conducted at the 178 universities, which also grant the majority of Master's and Doctoral degrees.
Universidade de São Paulo is ranked 53 in the world and 1st in Latin America.
Internet Usage Statistics:
72,027,700 Internet users as of Dec/09, 36.2% of the population, according to ITU.

Internet Broadband Connections:
broadband subscribers as of Dec/09, 5.1% of the population, according to ITU.
  1. Socio-economic inequities in Brazil strongly contribute to prevent a significant portion of country population to benefit from the access to modern information technologies. According to studies, (Waisenfisz, 2007) more than 31 million people had internet access in Brazil in 2005. However, this represents only 17.2% of Brazilian population. These results put Brazil in the 76° position among the 193 surveyed countries. In Latin America its rank is behind Chile (28.9%), Costa Rica (21.3%), Uruguay (20.6%), and Argentina (17.8%). The inequity of access among Brazilian regions and groups of people are even more dramatic. In the rural state of Alagoas rates were of 7.6%, while the capital, 41.2%. Low-income groups have a 0.5% access rate, as opposed to the higher income group with a 77% access rate.
  2. The number of higher education candidates per available place in the freshman class may be in excess of 30 or 40 to one in the most competitive courses at the top public universities. In some particular courses with small number of vacancies, this number can be as high as 200.
  3. The Distance Education Secretariat in Brazil released a document ‘Ministry of Education Quality Indicators for Higher Distance Education Courses’ (‘Indicadores de Qualidade do MEC para Cursos de Graduação a Distância’) as a guide to institutions seeking accreditation. This document discusses 10 critical issues to assure quality DE: management engagement, project design, multidisciplinary professional team, communication/integration between agents, educational resources, support infrastructure, continuous and comprehensive evaluation, agreements and partnerships, transparency of information, and financial sustainability.



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