Internationalising Paraná and the role of universities: UFPR’s Experience

 

 Zaki Akel-Sobrinho, Federal University of Paraná (UFPR)

 

Paraná’s economy is characterised by modern agribusiness and a metropolitan-industrial system with focus on advanced technological and international sectors. The Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), established in 1912, is Brazil´s oldest university. It supports the state’s efforts to capitalise on the MERCOSUL agreement by building stronger international links. One of the recent examples has been the establishment of the International University of Latin America (UNILA) that aims to draw student and staff throughout Latin America building an educational hub in Paraná.