INSTITUTO LOBO - UNIT OF CONTINUOUS EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION – LOBOEDUC
PARTNER OF LOBO & ASSOCIADOS
In a society based on knowledge, Continuous Education is nowadays understood in a wide sense and has become increasingly flexible. It aims to answer various demands of the market as well as of the concept itself that education does not end with formal schooling, but stretches throughout a lifetime. It is a fundamental tool in the increase of general culture and even in the amplification or modernization of a professional profile.
In a world without frontiers, Continuous Education is a long branched road – an analogy with highways, railroads, sea-lanes, airlines or cables of optical fiber – bringing together cultures, peoples, markets, consumers and knowledge.
Today Continuous Education is seen as a formal and organized tool that transcends the original formal educational levels offered by different institutions.
In Brazil we currently have as stages of instruction: Primary, which is divided into Elementary and Middle school (including professional instruction at a technical level), and Higher Education, which comprehends under graduate courses (technology, baccalaureate and teaching degree), and graduate courses (considered the fourth level of education). The graduate courses go from specialization, (graduation courses sensu lato) to master's degree and PhD (graduation courses sensu stricto), both depending on the research programs and partnerships of the relevant institution of higher education.
In view of so many and generalized needs, Continuous Education has acquired status. No longer an amateurish activity, it has become a fundamental pillar of support for the finances and branching of institutions of higher education.
Although it is still seen, in many cases, as a possibility to offer the population free courses, or extension courses, Continuous Education in fact is a broader concept than the one some institutions adopt. It comprehends all types of courses that do not offer a formal degree and which do not require previous authorization from government bodies to exist.
Continuous Education is as necessary to people today as the knowledge of the English language is to travelers. This is due to its growing importance, its capacity to expand, the natural call that arises from the demands on professionals, and even by reason of the broadness of areas and types of offer (human nature itself favors the constant search for new knowledge aimed at different goals including personal enjoyment).
For all these reasons, the institutions of higher education have ceased to be the natural and almost exclusive locus of Continuous Education, and the corporations themselves (through their human resources or staff management departments) and various other kinds of organizations have come to develop Continuous Education programs for their own members.
More and more new corporations and organizations will be created combining special conditions to link competence, supply and demand and manage projects to operate in these areas, especially with the advent of Distance Education.
Instituto Lobo para o Desenvolvimento da Educação, da Ciência e da Tecnologia (a non-profit organization created to researches and trainings in Education, Science and Tecnology) was created a few years after and was based in the experience of Lobo & Associados Consultoria e Participação S/S Ltda., founded in 1999, which celebrated more than 13 years of activity in the Brazilian higher education sector, and has doubtlessly consolidated its position in Brazil among the best major corporations in the field, always true to its commitment to be A NATIONAL REFERENCE OF CONSULTANCY IN EDUCATION.
Lobo & Associados (L&A) has from its beginnings aimed to aggregate experiences and managers of national renown, to foment the study of cases on education and to offer, by means of consultancy and partnerships, the opportunity of collaboration with other managers and institutions in the development of integrated projects especially built to solve academic and administrative problems relating to education, science and technology.
The lack in Brazil of formalized consultancies combining knowledge of the academic sector and of university management with the skills of corporate management, supported by the know-how to build quality institutional projectsand by the knowledge of models successful all over the world, induced Professor Roberto Leal Lobo, PHD, one of the major leading figures in higher education in Brazil, to give individuals from several prestigious Brazilian universities the opportunity to form a team of specialists and participate in a network of the highest quality.
Dr Lobo has been, among other important functions, rector of University of São Paulo (USP) and University of Mogi das Cruzes (UMC), director of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) of Brazil and consultant for fostering agencies and national and international university bodies.
In order to fulfill its mission of "contributing to improve policies and quality of public and private institutions in the areas of education, science and technology, making use of the intellectual patrimony of professionals of nationally renowned competence and experience", Instituto Lobo and Lobo & Associados have produced hundreds of Courses / Seminaries / Workshops / Training Programs / Lectures with the participation of over 20,000 mangers from 25 States, in its academic events, being awarded the average of 9.62 (in 10) in the evaluation given in indoor courses at various institutions of higher education (IHE).
In 2008 Instituto Lobo/Lobo & Associados became involved with Distance Education through its Distance Training Program for University Managers, in which 30 institutions of higher education from 13 Brazilian States took part.
Together with a team and specialists, the access to international consultants from the United States and Europe (and some from Latin America as well), has promoted the development of activities related to improving performance, training and creation of human resources, initially focusing mainly on university management.
All the expertise in coordination, organization and provision of courses can and ought to extend to several areas the action of Instituto Lobo in Distance and by Attendance Education, which crosses national frontiers to absorb the opportunities that the import of contents may represent to the future of the corporation and its clients.
It is precisely owing to the nature of these activities dealing with academic and administrative-financial management of the IHE, and involving an immense net of teachers and specialists in practically every field of knowledge, that Instituto Lobo/Lobo & Associados have become a unique partner for projects having to do with the creation and development of courses and programs in all modalities and fields of knowledge.
International Cooperation has had for some time a major role in the strategic planning of the best universities in the world.
The assimilation of foreign teachers and the exportation of students so that they can acquire specific knowledge and live in a culture different from their own are common practices since universities exist. Particularly Europe and the USA, later joined by Asia, have used these procedures to push the quality of higher education of their students and the quality of their universities.
With the new information technologies there is no longer the need for people to always move physically to participate in the International Cooperation, even though these programs have grown internationally at the same rhythm as the increase in enrollments. The growth in people exchange is not greater precisely because other means are available.
The cooperation is no longer seen as a form of interchanging cultures and contents, as the new technologies no longer necessarily demand the physical presence of the student to attend academic activities of distinguished institutions, such as conferences and symposiums, or to follow a course of studies and receive the relevant certificate.
Broadening International Cooperation, with the advance of its technological arm, Distance Education, either by internet or satellite, is to open new markets and to offer new products for those who seek Continuous Education. It also adds a competitive differential in the shaping of courses already available.
When considering International Cooperation as a means to impel the quality of courses on offer, it is necessary to separate and understand perfectly the purposes of this cooperation in order to use it in the best possible way.
Corporations such as Instituto Lobo and Lobo & Associados Consultants, in partnership with IHE and other public and private organizations, can and must use International Cooperation to implement programs of Continuous Education (including graduate courses sensu lato) that have as differential the participation of high level foreign teachers in either presencial or distance instruction.
As a matter of culture and credibility, the contact with international universities and organizations must be handled by academics of international reputation, supported by good institutional programs that present well structured strategic planning on which to settle tactics at once ambitious and realistic.
International Cooperation needs, as all activities, to be professionalized in order to be effective. This means a plan with objectives and goals, initial financialresources and a competent managing team with a good information system about other centers, international programs and types of cooperation and funding from fostering agencies and national and international foundations.
The managing team must then gather information on areas of interest including the best forms of interchange, identify possible partners, establish links of cooperation and manage the programs and courses.
THE ROLE OF INSTITUTO LOBO IN LOBOEDUC
The involvement of Instituto Lobo for the Development of Education and Technology and of Lobo & Associados in a project of Continuous Education and International Cooperation represents an academic guarantee and an acknowledgement of the proponents' trustworthiness, factors that are fundamental for the opening and acceptance of possible proposals of partnership.
Roberto Lobo's resume includes PhD by Purdue University and Post- Doctorate by Northwestern University, two of the best and most traditional American institutions. He was also honored with the highest academic title of doctor honoris causa from Purdue University in 1991, and has great credibility and knowledge of the American system.
With his experience and reputation as former rector of the greatest and best university in Latin America, University of São Paulo (USP), Lobo having been member, president and consultant of the Programs Alfa and Columbus, has additionally accumulated significant experience in the management of cooperation programs between Europe and Latin America.
As a consultant he also supported the creation of the International Cooperation sector in PUC – SP (Catholic University in São Paulo) and has gathered the experience of 13 years in Lobo & Associados assisting over 120 public and private IHE all over the country.
His collaboration and presence will be invaluable for the conception, creation and implementation of a Project that can bring to Brazil (for persons and legal entities) courses and programs especially chosen from the best IHE in the world, a sort of activity academically and financially important for the country and a business unit in itself highly feasible for the different Partners that may become part of it.
Another possibility is an academic, technological and corporate bridge between good foreign institutions and Brazilian corporations, or other institutions that wish to distinguish themselves and add indicators of international excellence to their Continuous Education.
The access of Instituto Lobo and Lobo & Associados to the norms and working mechanisms of national credential bodies, and to indicators of quality (including those found by their joint researches) and viability of courses and programs would give the new UNIT OF CONTINUOUS EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION – LOBOEDUC an exceptional perspective of profissionalization and quality in the management of weighty projects.
To be recognized as the best Continuous Education and International Cooperation program established and coordinated by institutions other than universities.
SUMMARIZED CURRICULUM VITAE OF LOBO & ASSOCIADOS DIRECTORS
Professor Roberto Leal Lobo e Silva Filho
- Electrical Engineer - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro), Brazil
- Master, Doctor e Doctor Honoris Causa - Purdue University- USA
- Full Professor – University of São Paulo
- Director of the São Carlos Institute of Physics and Chemistry – University of São Paulo
- Director of the Brazilian Center of Research in Physics - Ministério de Ciência e Tecnologia, Brazil
- Director of CNPq/ - Ministério de Ciência e Tecnologia, Brazil
- Coordinator of the Launching Project and Director of SÍNCROTRON - Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron – CNPq, Brazil
- Rector and Deputy-rector - University of São Paulo (from 1986 to1993)
- Rector - University de Mogi das Cruzes (from 1996 to 1999), São Paulo State, Brazil
- Member of the Superior Council and Consultant of Project Columbus of Europe- Latin America Cooperation (until 1998)
- President of Project Alfa (Europe and Latin America Cooperation) (until 2000)
- Member of the NUPES (USP Nucleus of Research and Higher Education) Deliberative Council (until 2006)
- President and Member of the Technical Scientific Council of Instituto de Pesquisa Eldorado (until 2008), Brazil
- President of Instituto Lobo para o Desenvolvimento da Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia
- Associate-director of Lobo & Associados Consultoria
Professor Maria Beatriz de Carvalho Melo Lobo
- Licentiate, Bachelor, Psychologist – University of Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo State, Brazil
- Graduate course in University Administration - University of Florida - USA
- Psychologist – Instituto de Previdência do Estado do Ceará, Brazil
- Assistant Professor of Psychology – University of Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
- Head of Planning and Evaluation – University of Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
- Pedagogical Director – University of Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
- Academic Counselor to the Rector – University of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
- Planning Coordinator – University of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
- Deputy-rector – University of Mogi das Cruzes (until 1999), Brazil
- Deputy-President of Instituto Lobo para o Desenvolvimento da Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia
- Associate-director of Lobo & Associados Consultoria
Prof. Dr. Roberto Leal Lobo e Silva Filho
Prof. Maria Beatriz de Carvalho Melo Lobo
Associate-Directors of Lobo & Associados
March de 2011