Skills beyond school

Higher education and research: the Campinas Metropolitan Region (CMR)


Higher education in Brazil

There are about 2 300 HEIs in Brazil of which 11% are public and 89% are private institutions.

Among the public HEIs 42% are federal, 34% are state operated and 24% are run by municipalities. The municipal HEIs are mainly colleges, schools and institutes.

Among the private HEIs 78% are profit-seeking institutions while 20% are non-profit institutions run by religious, community or philanthropic organizations.

Research is mainly conducted at the 178 universities, which also grant the majority of Master's and Doctoral degrees.


Higher education institutions (HEIs)

In 2005, 16% of the age group between 18 and 24 years were enrolled in higher education in the Campinas Metropolitan Region (CMR); it ranges above Brazil’s net enrolment rate of 12%. About 82 000 undergraduate students attend the region’s 36 HEIs.

Only 3 institutions are publicly funded.

The University of Campinas (Unicamp) is state funded and research-oriented; with 27 300 students it is the largest institution in the region. The State Technological Faculties are also state funded.

The Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUCCamp) has the second highest enrolment (21 000); it is run by the catholic church. Only Unicamp and PUCCamp offer graduate programmes.

The other HEIs are mostly small, local institutions which are often connected to municipalities but are run privately.



Research institutes in the region focus on a wide range of subjects.


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