Brazil is the largest and most populated country in South America with nearly 200 million inhabitants. Its mixed heritage of European, Asian, American and African cultures, outline a multi-cultural and friendly society. Its official language is Portuguese.
The twin cities of Ilhéus and Itabuna are located in southern Bahia in the Northeast of Brazil; This area is known as “Cocoa Coast”, because of the historical production of cocoa. The city of Ilhéus is about 460 Km south of Salvador and 1640 Km distant from São Paulo. Ilhéus coastland is knows for its palm-fringed beaches side by side with tropical forests. The region is a perfect setting eco sports and turism.
The State University of Santa Cruz -UESC was founded in 1991, merging a variety of academic institutions located in the twin cities of Ilhéus and Itabuna. The university offers 37 undergraduation courses such as medicine, law, letters and sciences, and 35 graduate programs. It is a leading institution of higher education in south of Bahia.
UESC is surrounded by the Atlantic Rainforest, rivers and several small villages. This unique location in Brazil gives the opportunity to see the magnificent and relatively intact Rainforest. It is also close to many cocoa farms, most of them founded more than a century ago, with its small houses and their drying roofs where cocoa is processed. The Atlantic Rainforest shades provide protection to the cocoa trees and to the local rich variety of flora and fauna.
This is the land of Gabriela, Jorge Amado’s most famous fictional character. He wrote Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon and many other books about Bahia. Surrounded by beautiful white crystal beaches, Ilhéus was founded in 1534. The university academic community contributes to the economic and social development creating and maintaining programs in search for alternatives and sustainable development. It also contributes to the preservation of the Atlantic Rainforest whose diversity of flora and fauna represents rich research resources.