The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)


Supporting higher education in Brazil

In partnership with Itaipu Binacional and the government of Brazil, UNOPS will complete the construction of the Federal University of Latin American Integration’s (UNILA) campus.

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Located in Foz do Iguaçu in the state of Parana, near the shared border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the public university hosts students from 36 nationalities, with a focus on regional cooperation and cultural, scientific and educational exchange.

The campus building was originally designed by influential Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer – who was once part of an international team of architects responsible for the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Established in 2010, the UNILA facility has remained incomplete since construction works stopped in 2014.

With $153 million in funding from Itaipu Binacional, UNOPS will complete the construction of the facility’s four campus blocks – including the classrooms, administration building, utility centre and cafeteria. Works will include an assessment of the existing structures and a review of building plans to ensure the original designs of the buildings are preserved.

“There is no more important driver for sustainable development than education. Education is the main factor in combating inequalities and promoting sustainable development and equal opportunities. UNOPS is proud to be associated with an impactful project like this,” said Jorge Moreira da Silva, UNOPS Executive Director.

“This is a fundamental project for strengthening Latin American and Caribbean integration and one that carries great symbolism,” said Camilo Santana, Brazil’s Minister of Education.

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