Founded in 1938 the Methodist University of São Paulo, also known as UMESP, is a private university based in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.
UMESP currently enrolls over 18,000 students, with most popular programs in the areas of communications and theology offered across 7 institutions distributed in 23 campuses. The school offers 40 different degrees, 60 post-grad programs and also K-11 programs.
UMESP is an often recipient of the most renamed awards in Brazil such as the Most innovative use of IT in Education in the “IT Media and Information Week Brazil 2015”; and the best higher education institution in the field of Communication and Information Management during the last 6 years in the “Brazilian Student Guide”.
The Brazilian higher education market is the largest in Latin America. The sector has grown exponentially in recent years, largely due to a rapidly expanding middle class. According to data from the Secretariat of Strategic Studies of the Presidency, there are over 2,300 institutions (75% of them are privately own), approximately 6,5 million students enrolled in a classroom education, and around 1,3 million students enrolled through the distance learning education model.