Education Opportunities for Brazilians of All Income Levels

Anhanguera operates universities as well as distance-learning centres for about 220,000 students throughout Brazil. It provides high quality yet affordable postsecondary and higher education to low and middle income people. In order to support AEDU’s expansion and curriculum development, IFC, DEG and Proparco are making financing to the tune of 73 million euros available.

Education Opportunities for Brazilians of All Income Levels

In Brazil, access to higher education is the privilege of a few: Only around 20 per cent of Brazil’s population is, or has been, enrolled in institutions of higher education, with most of these students coming from higher income families. But the country urgently needs more highly trained graduates if it wants to go on developing.

The private postsecondary educational institution Anhanguera, which operates universities as well as distance-learning centres throughout the country, makes a contribution to this development. DEG promotes the expansion of Anhanguera's range of activities, which is tailored to the needs of young students and professionals with low to middle income. To this end, IFC, DEG and Proparco make financing to the total amount of 73 million euros available, with DEG itself providing a quasi-equity loan amounting to 15 million euros. The financing is earmarked for the development of new locations and study subjects as well as for winning the support of further universities for the programme.

Anhanguera aims to provide high quality education at affordable prices. With its 220,000 students it is Brazil's leading private university. Additionally there are 500,000 students per year who attend its franchise operated language schools. Anhanguera is a major employer: At present the group employs a staff of more than 10,000, more than half of which are women. Additionally, the company demonstrates social commitment, it sets up open libraries for children and adolescents, offers literacy courses and provides free medical care.


  • Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

    Investment & Finance
    Germany | Staff size: 251-500

    Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of KfW, is a European development finance institutions for long-term project and company financing. For 50...

  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create opportunity for people to escape poverty and...

  • Promotion et Participation pour la Coopération Économique (Proparco) - France

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    PROPARCO is the Investment and Promotions company for Economic Cooperation.

    Created in 1977, PROPARCO is a Development Financial Institution partly held by Agence Française de...

  • Anhanguera Educacional

    Independent/None, Service Providers
    Tanzania | Staff size: 10,000+

    Anhanguera has transformed the lives of more than a million students and, for 20 years, is helping to change the future of our country. Aligned with the new development phase...

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Key Information

LocationBrazil, Latin America and Caribbean
  • Start Date 2009
  • End Date 2014
  • ValueEUR 73 Million