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German University Says Brazilian Education Minister Does Not Have Postdoctoral Title He Claimed

The University of Wuppertal, Germany, said on Monday (29) that the new Minister of Education, Carlos Decotelli, does not have any degree from the institution.

He also stated that the economist remained at the university as a visiting researcher for only three months, from January to March 2016, and not two years, as stated in the curriculum published by the minister on the Lattes platform, maintained by CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development ).

(Brasília – DF, 25/06/2020) President Jair Bolsonaro and Carlos Alberto Decotelli.
Foto: Marcos Corrêa/PR

According to the German university’s press office, in these three months, Decotelli completed research under the guidance of Professor Brigitte Wolf, a specialist in design theory with a focus on methodology, planning, and strategy.

Last week, the National University of Rosario, in Argentina, denied that the economist had completed his doctorate at the institution, as stated in his Lattes curriculum. According to the rector, Franco Bartolacci, the institution rejected Decotelli’s thesis.

The minister was also accused of plagiarizing at least four academic papers and a Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission in his master’s degree, presented in 2008 at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio. He denies the charges and says he will review the work.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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