Baltimore – July 12, 2010 – Laureate Education announced that Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS) has joined the Laureate International Universities network. UNIFACS is the network’s first institution of higher education in the State of Bahia, Brazil. The minister of education in Brazil has ranked UNIFACS as the number one private university in the State of Bahia and as the number two private university in the north/northeast region of the country.
Founded in 1972, UNIFACS has 13 campus locations throughout Salvador, the capital of the State of Bahia and the third largest city in Brazil. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in fields such as architecture, business, communication, computer science, design, engineering, health sciences and law.
The law school at UNIFACS has won the country’s prestigious “OAB recommended” award, conferred to the best law schools in Brazil, and its M.B.A. program has been ranked among the top 10 in Brazil. More information about UNIFACS is available at www.unifacs.br.
“We are proud to bring UNIFACS into the Laureate International Universities network,” said Douglas L. Becker, chairman and chief executive officer of Laureate Education, Inc. “Our network is a trusted global leader in providing access to quality, innovative higher education. We have earned that trust through the collective strength and reputation of each institution in our network. I know that as one of the top universities in Brazil, UNIFACS will further enhance our reputation and our ability to meet the needs of the growing number of students in Brazil.”
“The decision of UNIFACS management in taking this step comes after many years of careful consideration and after taking into account the performance of Laureate International Universities in global higher education,” said Manoel Barros Sobrinho, UNIFACS founder. “By joining Laureate, UNIFACS extends its ability to invest in new infrastructure projects, enhance the staff and faculty qualifications and improve the creation of new academic degree programs. The continued development of the university will take a giant leap forward.”