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The University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and the Institute of Economics have been partners of the Global Labour University (GLU) since 2003, through the Centre for Labour Economics and Trade Unionism (CESIT).
The next step in this partnership was the implementation of the GLU Master's course "Social Economy and Labour" at UNICAMP in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Using a comparative perspective, this course focuses on economic development, inequality, poverty, strategies of trade unionism and multinational corporations and labour.
It is taught by professors of the Institute of Economics and guest lecturers from other Brazilian universities and research institutes, as well as from the GLU partner universities.
Below you can find the basic information about this Master's programme.
Note that the application deadline for 2023 is closed.
The Master’s programme will enable participants to assist workers and their organizations to challenge the current global context and engage more effectively in social dialogue, public debate and policy implementation. This includes economic development, macroeconomics, employment creation, strategies of multinational companies, inequality, poverty, social structure, gender equality, workers’ rights, social justice, labour relations, labour regulation and trade unionism perspectives; all of which are key to enhancing labour movement capacities.
The Master’s Programme is offered by the UNICAMP, Institute of Economics, in the city of Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil. The course starts in March and the language is English. This is a 14-month programme and students will be required to attend the courses from March until December and defend their master thesis by April of the next year.
The expected number of foreign students is 6 to 10 with the rest of the class made up of Brazilian students and students already taking GLU Masters courses in Germany, South Africa or India. Brazilian students accepted into the programme will be encouraged to do their internship abroad.
All students are required to contribute a fee of € 1.500 to the Global Labour University (GLU) which will be responsible for flights and other expenses. The GLU and its Brazilian partners will provide scholarships compatible with a regular (Brazilian) master scholarship (about R$1500,00), per month for students to cover housing, food and other expenses.
Foreign students will have access to the state public health system which covers regular medical consultations and emergency cases. The additional cost of internships should be covered by one extra scholarship, by a special grant or by the host institutions. UNICAMP provides library facilities, study rooms and access to computers, the internet and databases. A local restaurant with subsidized prices is also available on campus.
The course is taught by professors of the Institute of Economics, with guest teachers from other Brazilian universities and research institutes and from the GLU partners through the ongoing guest teaching exchange programme. Brazilian guest lecturers are invited to the special seminars.
The students need to complete 36-course credits in 9 courses. They will also be required to write a Masters’s thesis and complete a one-month internship (12 credits).
1st Semester (March to June): four compulsory courses:
A basic Portuguese course is offered, and attending it is strongly recommended.
In July students should participate in a four-week internship in a trade union, a labour confederation, a research institute or another institution related to their studies in Brazil.
2nd Semester (August to December): five more courses:
Students who complete two relevant disciplines in a related Master’s programme – either before or after their stay in Brazil – may have these credits recognised by the University of Campinas, provided they are from a recognised university. Students must complete eight disciplines in Brazil.
The call for applications is currently closed (the deadline was November 11, 2022).
Please make sure your application contains the following:
Please do not send original documents. Only submit officially authenticated photocopies of all certificates, as application packages will not be returned.
Please fill in the required complete information and additional information you wish to provide, using a computer or a typewriter. It is important to hand in your application as early as possible, so as to ensure sufficient time for processing and to contact you in case we require further clarification or proof of your qualifications (e.g. photocopies of certificates). Please sign your application.
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Instituto de Economia/ CESIT / Global Labour University
Rua Pitágoras, 353, Cidade Universitária “Zeferino Vaz” – Distrito de Barão Geraldo. CEP: 13083-857
Campinas/São Paulo – Brasil
Professors of the Institute of Economics, with the support of the GLU partners, will be responsible for the selection process. Selected students will be contacted in due time to confirm their participation. If you receive an offer we will send you details about the conditions. If you do not receive an offer we will inform you about the decision by e-mail. Unfortunately, we are not able to keep unsuccessful applications, so they shall be disposed of shortly after the start of the academic year.
Please make sure that the notification of admission can be delivered to the address you entered on the form. It is very important to make sure your e-mail account is valid during the application process.
The candidate should take the documents stated below to the Brazilian Embassy in her/his country and certify (“stamp”) them:
The candidate should send these certified documents via email AND regular mail (courier) to us on a date set by the GLU Brazil coordinators, together with a photocopy of her/his passport.
Such documents will have to be translated to Portuguese by an official translator, either in the candidate’s home country or in Brazil. The cost should be covered by the candidate.
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to students.
If the candidate is approved and awarded a scholarship it will cover:
Applications for a scholarship can be indicated in the application form. A support letter from a trade union organisation is an application requirement. Please also note that the scholarship is a matching grant. It will only be awarded if a trade union, another institution or the student him/herself is co-sponsoring the programme with 1500 EUR. The potential co-sponsor has to be indicated on the application form and his/her contribution has to be used to buy the ticket and the difference should be handed to the coordination team in Brazil.
In the case students receiving scholarships decide to abandon the GLU Brazil programme for any reason, they must refund the total amount of money received from the programme until that date to the GLU Brazil Programme. Furthermore, the contribution of 1,500 EUR will not be refunded.
The ILO department for South-South cooperation is sponsoring two scholarships dedicated to further strengthening South-South cooperation. Applicants are requested to submit an outline for a research proposal focussing in particular on experiences, challenges and opportunities of South-South cooperation between trade unions and other workers’ organisations. Within the programme, they will have the opportunity to look at the role of developing countries in the global supply chain, the role of labour standards in South-South relations, best practices in information exchange, policy coordination and solidarity among developing countries.
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