Why Brazil

  • Brazil is the largest and most populous country in Latin America; the fifth largest worldwide in terms of landmass; and the sixth largest worldwide in terms of population.
  • Brazil is home to more biodiversity than any other country on the planet; has nearly 5,000 miles of coastline; and contains two Amazons: half of the world’s largest river and 60% of the world’s last remaining tropical rainforest.
  • Brazil’s economy is larger than those of Canada, Russia, and Australia, and despite the setbacks of the past few years, is poised to be among the world’s four largest economies by 2050. From coffee to airplanes, and orange juice to footwear, Brazil’s agricultural and manufacturing industries have global recognition and reach. 
  • Brazil is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world and hosts a media and entertainment industry expected to exceed 65 billion dollars by 2018. 
  • Brazil’s vast assemblage of widely celebrated cultural products -- music, film, art, literature, television, sports, food, dance – reflects the rich potential of a complex society blessed with infinite diversity, while still grappling with its multiple colonial legacies.
  • Brazil has strong links with Florida. Around 300,000 Brazilians live in Florida. In addition, more than 1 million Brazilian tourists visit Florida every year. The bilateral trade between Brazil and Florida reached $ 18.2 billion in 2016 and represented almost one-third of the total trade flow between Brazil and United States.
  • The University of Miami has a long and fruitful tradition developing research together with Brazilian institutions and educating generations of Brazilians.


Our mission is to advance the University of Miami’s mission by contributing to a prosperous and sustainable Brazil through scientific research, education and outreach programs in partnership with Brazilian organizations.