Over the past several years, Brazil has easily become one of the most dynamic countries in the world for education. There are currently over 7 million higher education students, and projections indicate that number will double over the next few years. In fact, the number of higher education students in Brazil is growing faster than the country’s gross domestic product. The growing middle class, coupled with a strong desire to decrease poverty levels through access to education, has helped blended and distance learning gain momentum with these types of programs growing significantly faster than on-campus instruction. These stats are impressive and help prove that Brazil is a country with huge educational opportunities.
It is with this backdrop that I am very excited to announce today a strategic partnership with Grupo Positivio, a leader in technology and digital content strategies for Brazilian postsecondary and K-12 institutions. Our companies will work together to offer Blackboard teaching and learning solutions to thousands of Brazilian students in nearly 40 higher education institutions, including Positivo University, one of the largest and most respected higher education providers in the region. Our platform will also be used for all teacher training programs offered by Editora Positivo and Positivo Informática.
We are truly honored that such a well-respected, forward-thinking company has selected Blackboard to help its schools keep up with the rapid pace of innovation and meet the needs of today’s learners.
Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of activities for us in the country. We have a long history in the region through partnerships with several prominent Brazilian universities, such as Associacao Escola Superior De Propaganda (ESPM) and Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, and through our distribution work with Grupo A, an educational holding company that has been working for more than 40 years in the Brazilian market. We have also recently opened a bigger and more centralized offices in San Paulo and are looking to hire local talent to better serve the region.