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Maurício de Nassau in Maceió becomes a University Center

The accreditation guarantees autonomy to launch new courses and new UNINASSAU units in the city

Recife, August 18, 2016 - Ser Educacional S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA SEER3, Bloomberg SEER3:BZ and Reuters SEER3.SA), one of the largest private groups of higher education in Brazil and leader in the Northeast and North regions, announces that the Ministry of Education (MEC) published in today’s Union Official Gazette the accreditation of Maurício de Nassau of Maceió, in the State of Alagoas, as a university center.

According to Jânyo Diniz, CEO of the Ser Educacional group, "Accreditation as a University Center extends the recognition of the institution in society and in the job market, and will allow us to take the UNINASSAU brand, the same used in Recife, and which is synonymous with transformation through quality education and privileged and well-located infrastructure, to Maceió. Accreditation as a university center also gives us the autonomy to launch new courses and units without the need for prior MEC approval."

This event coincides with the Ser Educacional group’s investments in the city, which recently opened a new building with cutting-edge infrastructure, modern classrooms and laboratories, in a privileged location.

"With status of University Center and a fully renovated unit, we intend to be an even stronger brand in the city and in the state of Alagoas, a place that we believe has a lot of growth potential," added Diniz.

The Accreditation protocol of the University Center in Maceió was effected on e-MEC on March 30, 2013, and its approval took place in the Legal Opinion No. 200/2016 of the Council of Higher Education (CES), of the National Education Council (CNE), in the trial session held on January 28, 2016. The publication of the Accreditation Ordinance in the Union Official Gazette was effected by the MEC on August 18, 2016.

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About Grupo Ser Educacional
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Recife, Grupo Ser Educacional (BM&FBOVESPA SEER3, Bloomberg SEER3:BZ and Reuters SEER3.SA) is one of the largest private education groups in Brazil and the leader in the Northeast and North regions in terms of number of students enrolled. It offers undergraduate, graduate, vocational and distance learning courses in 12 states, with a consolidated base of 152,000 students. The Company operates under the following brands: Faculdades Maurício de Nassau, UNINASSAU - Centro Universitário Maurício de Nassau, Faculdades Joaquim Nabuco, Escolas Técnicas Joaquim Nabuco and Maurício de Nassau, FIT - Faculdades Integradas dos Tapajós, UNG (Universidade Guarulhos) and UNAMA (Universidade da Amazônia), through which it offers more than 990 courses.