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Ministry of Education Authorizes 41 New Courses for Ser Educacional

Recife, October 6, 2015 - Ser Educacional S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA SEER3, Bloomberg SEER3:BZ and Reuters SEER3.SA), one of Brazil‘s largest private education groups and a leader in the Northeast and North Regions in number of students enrolled, hereby announces that, on October 4, the Ministry of Education (MEC) authorized 41 new undergraduate courses in educational institutions pertaining to Grupo Ser Educacional.

Out of this total, 56% are in the Health, Engineering and Teaching areas, corresponding to 9,200 new places, 85% of which destined in Brazil‘s Northeast and 15% in the North region. It is worth noting that among the Health degree courses, five authorizations were for Dentistry and three for Psychology, which are more difficult for the MEC to authorize because they have specific regulations.

According to Jânyo Diniz, Grupo Ser Educacional‘s CEO, "these new courses represent an important step in our organic growth plans, aiming to improve our course mix and increase our share in state interiors and the metropolitan regions of state capitals. Out of the 9,200 places approved, 1,200 were for the new unit in Petrolina, Pernambuco".

The Company also received 100% of course concept (CC) grades equal to or more than 3, 66% of which with grade 4. In the Health, Engineering and Teaching courses, 57% received a CC grade 4.

"The quality indices granted by the MEC, are positive and consistent with our objective of offering our students a unique value and employability proposition, combining educational quality, well-located units with excellent infrastructure, and solid brands recognized by the labor market, all at competitive prices," said Diniz.

The new courses will be offered under the Maurício de Nassau and Joaquim Nabuco brands.

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