FGV’s provost elected fellow of World Academy of Art and Science
Antonio Freitas, the provost of Fundação Getulio Vargas, has been elected a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), the institution’s maximum lifetime title. Founded 60 years ago, WAAS seeks to form alliances and partnerships with renowned education institutions and also less favored ones, to support the latter with courses provided by the former, thereby creating synergies in the dissemination of these courses and laying the foundations for the development of deprived regions. WAAS is committed to the United Nations’ development goals.
On February 17, Professor Freitas took part in the Global Education Leadership Conference, which featured a series of talks on the multilateral role of civil society, arts, science, social responsibility, the future of information, sustainability, and the use of physics and mathematics to promote sustainable development.
The panel discussion in which FGV’s provost participated discussed the role of education in supporting advances in public health, demographics and economics. Freitas stressed the need to strengthen basic education rather than focusing solely on higher education. “Basic education and higher education are two sides of the same coin and one cannot overshadow the other,” he said.