Brazil – Minister of Education resigns, accused of falsifying his academic resume

Shortly after the President of Brazil appointed Carlos Decotelli da Silva minister of education, several Brazilian and international institutions refuted his academic credentials.

This past June, the minister resigned due to the pressure from politicians and public opinion for having embellished his resume and for accusations of plagiarism.

The Getulio Vargas Foundation denied in a public statement that the Minister of Education had either been a researcher or instructor with the institution, but had only collaborated as a professor in postgraduate courses.

He also included in his Curriculum a doctorate from the University of Rosario, in Argentina, and a postdoctoral degree from the University of Wuppertal, in Germany. Both institutions denied the veracity of these degrees, affirming respectively that he did not complete the doctorate in Argentina nor did he carry out any post-doctorate at the German university.