While celebrating its 40th anniversary, UNIFACS is proud to announce the opening of their new medical school, which has been approved to accept 100 students in the second semester of 2012. The proposal to open the new program received the maximum score from the Ministry of Education’s evaluation committee and received authorization from the Department of Regulation and Supervision of Higher Education, through Decree 81, which was published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday, June 6th.
According to Rector of UNIFACS, Professor Marcia Barros, the new program is an acknowledgment of the tradition of academic excellence and commitment to regional development built by the institution during its 40 years. "We have won national recognition in several areas such as Business and Law. Now we accept the challenge of Medicine and we are prepared to develop a program that lives up to the name and history of UNIFACS" she said.
The medical school is part of a project UNIFACS has launched to establish leadership in the area of Health Sciences, which has been prepared in accordance with the current health policies practiced in the country. The university has all faculty and laboratories set up to receive the first class. "The medical school is a specific program that was developed by the institution to expand its leadership in health sciences, which brings the expertise of Nursing, Nutrition and Physical Therapy," says Professor Marcia Barros.
"The UNIFACS medical school will feature sophisticated modern laboratory simulations aligned to the international standards of the Laureate International Universities network and will be very important to the region and the country as it will develop highly qualified professionals who are at the forefront of their profession," says Professor Oscar Hipolito, Chief Academic Officer of Laureate Brazil. "As UNIFACS is part of an international network of universities, students will have the facilities to develop specific academic activities through network exchanges with other institutions both in Brazil and abroad, providing a global education," concluded Hipolito.
Dr. João Bizario, director of Health Sciences Laureate Brazil, noted that "the course is in perfect tune with global best practices in medical education, the National Curriculum Guidelines and the goals of the Ministries of Health and Education to train medical professionals with a humanistic-profile that are able to deal with the health needs of the population, within the reality of the Brazilian health system."
This article was originally written in Portuguese and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.