University for International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony

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University for International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony
Universidade da Integração Internacional da Lusofonia Afro-Brasileira
Símbolo da UNILAB.png
Other names
TypePublic Federal
Established2010 (2010)
AffiliationCoat of arms of Brazil.svg Ministry of Education
ChancellorTomaz Aroldo da Mota Santos
Vice-ChancellorAristeu Rosendo
Academic staff
173 (2014)[1]
Administrative staff
468 (2014)
Students4166 (2014)
Undergraduates2176 (2014)
Postgraduates105 (2014)
Location, ,

The University for International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony[2] (Portuguese: Universidade da Integração Internacional da Lusofonia Afro-Brasileira, UNILAB) is a public federal university located in Redenção, Ceará, Brazil.[3] The city was chosen because it was the first Brazilian city to abolish slavery. The major courses offered are preferentially the ones included in the mutual interest of all countries in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries. They are: Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Mozambique, Portugal and East Timor.[4] Looking for international integration, 50% of the seats in the University are for international students from those countries.

According to Paulo Speller, the president of the commission that was responsible for creating the university, "in the first year (2010) the University had about 350 students from 8 different countries. In total the University might have more than 10.000 students when it is fully structured.".[5]

Currently, the Unilab has 4 campuses: The Liberdade Campus in Redenção, the Auroras Campus in Redenção, the Palmares Campus in Acarape and the Malês Campus in São Francisco do Conde.


The Law Project was sent to the Brazilian National Congress on August 20, 2008.[6] The commission responsible for the creation of the University was given by the education minister Fernando Haddad. Paulo Speller, who was the chancellor at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), was chosen to be the president of this commission.

During this period, the commission had many reunions and debates. Many import partnerships were created with Brazilian national politicians and universities. Also the commission worked together with international Universities and important organizations. They analyzed topics given by the organization responsible for the superior education development in the world.[7]

The Educational and Cultural commission in the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved the Law Project 3891/08 on March 13, 2009. officially creating The University of International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony.[8] The main objective is the formation of human resources to develop the integration between Brazil and the other countries with Portuguese as an official language.

Palmares Campus
Liberdade Campus



  • Public Administration.
  • Agronomy.
  • Anthropology.
  • Humanities
  • Biological Science.
  • Natural Science and Mathematics.
  • Nursing
  • Energy Engineering.
  • Physics.
  • History.
  • Portuguese.
  • Mathematics.
  • Pedagogy.
  • Chemistry.
  • Sociology.[9]


  • Public Management.
  • Afro-Brazilian History and Culture.
  • Public Administration.
  • Municipal Public Management.
  • Public Healthcare Management


Name Institute Election
Bandeira de Minas Gerais.svg Paulo Speller Humanities Pro Tempore
Bandeira de Minas Gerais.svg Nilma Lino Gomes Humanities Pro Tempore
Bandeira da Bahia.svg Tomaz Aroldo da Mota Santos Natural Science and Mathematics Pro Tempore
Bandeira do Ceará.svg Anastácio de Queiroz Sousa Health Studies Pro Tempore

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unilab em números".
  2. ^ Bilingual official brochure
  3. ^ "Onde Estamos".
  4. ^ "Países parceiros".
  5. ^ "Portal da UFC - Universidade Federal do Ceará". Retrieved August 4, 2015.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Agência Brasil".
  7. ^ "Como surgiu".
  8. ^ "Educação aprova criação de universidade luso-afro-brasileira - Câmara Notícias - Portal da Câmara dos Deputados".
  9. ^ "Cursos de Graduação".