The UNPBFPB is now Faculdade Internacional da Paraíba (FPB). With the adoption of the new name, the institution is introducing a new and more modern logo,which was designed based on feedback from students and professors. The new logo seeks to convey the institution’s values including modernity, academic quality, internationality and integrity. "The change of name and brand portrays and highlights this positive moment for the institution", said Clay Mattozo, FPB’s Director General.
The college has made extensive investments over the past two years to provide a differentiated infrastructure, which includes of new laboratories, auditoriums, 20 new classrooms, teaching kitchens, a health sciences simulation Center, and a student center. The leadership has also created an administrative annex building, completed an academic library expansion and implemented air-conditioning in all rooms equipped with multimedia projectors.
FPB has led a series of initiatives to improve academic standards, including the integration of health sciences curricula, preparing students for the examination for admission to the Bar Association of Brazil (OAB) in partnership with the Institute of Interactive Distance Learning (IEDI), and hiring dozens of new teachers to implement graduate programs (there are currently eight courses in progress).
New degree programs
The institution is expanding the number of undergraduate degrees to 17, with four new options. The new courses include Civil Engineering, HR Management, Workplace Safety and Accounting, which will all begin on August 12, 2013. "We offer quality education with a focus on internationality as a differentiator in higher education. In Paraíba, we have launched courses that were not previously offered anywhere in the state," said Mattozo. "This institution provides its 2500 students with opportunities to have experiences abroad and obtain international certification and study programs with a global perspective."
New Academic Director
Additional good news for FPB is the arrival of Silvio Rossi to assume the position of Academic Director of the institution. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees (Master and Ph.D.) in Food Engineering from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) and most recently served as dean of undergraduate programs at UFPB (Universidade Federal da Paraíba) and was responsible for their implementation of distance learning in Paraíba.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.