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The Prospects for the BRICs

The New Academic Superpowers?

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Brazil, Russia, India and China - the BRIC countries - show impressive growth in their higher education systems and promise to expand and improve them in the coming decades. Yet, it is by no means assured that they will achieve the academic prominence that is more likely in the economic or political spheres. Each faces significant challenges. This essay analyses some of the systemic factors that affect higher education in the BRICs and also the central prerequisite for academic development and excellence - the academic profession.

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