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A book arguing that universities should make development their mission could help institutions worldwide connect to their communities, says Arthur Moreira.

In 1918, students in Argentina wrote the Córdoba manifesto, demanding the democratisation of education and autonomy for universities. It was an effort to construct institutions truly connected to their Latin American context.

A hundred years on, the region looks to be moving in the opposite direction. In Chile, tuition fees are excluding less well-off students from higher education. In Brazil, a 2017 report from the World Bank recommended privatising universities, ending the currently free, public system.

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