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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(3), 806-819; doi:10.3390/socsci4030806

The Resurgence of Education in Railway and Metro Engineering in Brazil

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Railway and Metro Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina—Joinville Campus, Rua João Colin 2700, Joinville, SC 89221-703, Brazil
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Mechanical Engineering Department, Federal University of Santa Catarina—Florianópolis Campus, Florianópolis, SC 88040-900, Brazil
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Received: 15 July 2015 / Revised: 14 August 2015 / Accepted: 10 September 2015 / Published: 17 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Leadership, Learning and History in the Rail Industry)
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In this paper, an overview of the history of education in railway and metro engineering in Brazil is presented, including its beginnings, its apogee, its near extinction, and its return at the beginning of the 21st century. The trajectory of the Brazilian professional education began with the implementation of small railway workshops located along the railway which were outside of the regular education system. At the end of the 20th century, the economic crisis, privatization, and drastic reduction of investment led to the scrapping and almost eradicating of the Brazilian rail network, followed by the death of railway education in Brazil. In recent years, the railway industry was stimulated, giving way to large investments, impacting and creating new opportunities for development in Brazil. This was one of the fundamental aspects for the development of new professional higher education programs in the railway and metro sector in Brazil. The first project to be implemented in Brazil was the course on railway and metro engineering of the Federal University of Santa Catarina. This course aims to provide structured training in four main areas: vehicle design, operation, maintenance, and train and metro management. View Full-Text
Keywords: railway engineering; education; history; Brazil railway engineering; education; history; Brazil
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Asaff, Y.; Grubisic, V.V.F.; Scalice, R.K.; Dias, A. The Resurgence of Education in Railway and Metro Engineering in Brazil. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 806-819.

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