Itaipu is helping the federal government implement the Federal University of Latin American Integration, Unila.
The institution was created in 2007 by Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and will be set up over 40 hectares donated by Itaipu in Foz do Iguaçu, in the area of the three-nation border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, in the heart of South America.
Unila will be bilingual and the university is expected to serve 10,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Classes at Unila are scheduled to start in the second semester in 2009.
Seats will be divided between Brazilian students and those from other Latin American countries. The faculty will also include Brazilian and foreign professors in an effort to promote an environment of integration.
Unila plans to help affirm the Latin American identity in order to reclaim the history of our peoples, as well as foster sustainable development across Latin America.
The university will provide an institutional space where Latin American peoples may come together and dedicate themselves to generating knowledge tied to the reality of local countries.
Therefore, it will enable people to discuss the problems and challenges faced by Latin America.
At first Unila will operate at the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI) facilities, currently being renovated.
Once the project is fully implemented, Unila will have its own seat, an annual budget of R$ 136 million, and a faculty of 500 instructors.