Currently there are over 2.400 higher education institutions in Brazil, divided into: Universities (8%), University Centres (6%), Colleges (85%) and IFs (Federal Institutions) and CEFETs (Federal Education Centres of Technology) (2%).
In 2012 there were over 7.0 million students enrolled in higher education, which are spread over 31,866 courses. With 73% of the total, private higher education institutions reached 5,140,312 enrolments, while the public had more than 1.8 million, representing 23%.
The participants have already reached 2.7 million, 17% more than last year and the graduates 1.0 million.
As for the teachers from public schools, 51.4% have PhD, 29.6% has master's degree while in the private sector 17.8% has PhD, 45.5% master's degree.
The overall ranking of THE (Times Higher Education) 2012-13, ranked two Brazilian universities in "World University Rankings 2012-2013 top 400" among the 275 best universities, with highlights to the University of São Paulo, which ranked 158th.