Electing a Rector in Brazil

Complicated Politics

  • Marcelo Knobel Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)
Keywords: Brazil, elections, public universities, rector, university governance, university leadership


This article describes the succession process of the president (rector) of one of the most important public universities in Brazil. Although each public higher education institution in Latin America has a different election system, general patterns apply. The intricate election system that precedes formal appointment has positive and negative facets, which are important arguments in the discussion on improving governance—so necessary not only in public Latin American universities, but also worldwide.

Author Biography

Marcelo Knobel, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

Marcelo Knobel is former rector of Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) and full professor at the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, Unicamp, Brazil. Email: knobel@ifi.unicamp

How to Cite
Knobel, M. (2021). Electing a Rector in Brazil. International Higher Education, (108), 22-23. Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ihe/article/view/14453