In 2012, UNIFACS is celebrating its 40th anniversary. On August 2nd, the university held a special celebration at Espaço Unique in Salvador, Bahia. One of the highlights of the event, which included a performance from the singer Gal Costa, was the delivery of the university’s first Honorary Doctoral Degree to the chancellor of the institution, Professor Manuel Barros.
Professor Barros received this recognition from the hands of Rectora Marcia Barros. "Professor Barros earned this honor not only for founding UNIFACS, but because he has dedicated his life to quality education," she said.
After receiving the highest honorary title the university can grant, the chancellor was congratulated by the president of UNIFACS, Professor Marcelo Henrik. "The history of UNIFACS is intertwined with the life story of Professor Barros," he said. The honoree also received greetings and congratulations from Laureate Brazil’s Vice President of Operations, José Loureiro, and the many other leaders and officials present.
Speaking about the anniversary of the institution, Henrik recalled the achievements over these four decades, and in particular the milestones achieved in 2012. "This has been a very important year in the history of the university. Among the achievements are the creation of the executive graduate course, opening the new campus, receiving authorization for the medical school, and the acquisition of land for the construction of a new megacampus. "
Loureiro talked about the importance of private higher education for the development of the Brazilian education system. "Today, 75% of the students enrolled in higher education are in private institutions. This is a great responsibility, "said Vice President of Operations at Laureate Brazil. Loureiro also highlighted the role of UNIFACS as one of the leading institutions in the Laureate Group in Brazil.
At the end of the official ceremony, Gal Costa delivered an impassioned performance, accompanied by guitarist Luis Meira, with renditions of old hits, including songs from Dorival Caymmi, Ary Barroso, Tom Jobim and Djavan.
This article was originally written in Portuguese and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.