Kendall College Announces Collaboration with Brazilian Universidade Anhembi Morumbi

Memorandum of Understanding was signed in special Ceremony at the US Consulate in São Paulo

Chicago and Sao Paulo—September 25, 2012Kendall College and Brazil’s Universidade Anhembi Morumbi signed a Memorandum of Understanding that furthers their academic collaboration during a special signing ceremony at the US Consulate in São Paulo on Monday, September 24. Kendall College president Emily Williams Knight, part of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s trade mission to Brazil, participated in the event.

“We are very excited to be part of the increasing educational and cultural ties between the State of Illinois and one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” said Ms. Knight. “Our collaboration with Universidade Anhembi Morumbi supports our mission to provide our students with international opportunities that will help prepare them to succeed in a global economy.”

Kendall College, ranked the number one Chicago program for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts by Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – Survey 2011), is already providing academic opportunities to Brazilian students and to faculty who have visited Kendall’s campus for culinary competitions and training. Kendall College has also established an academic collaboration with Centro Universitário IBMR in Rio de Janeiro and has contributed to the development of their culinary program, bringing Kendall’s expertise and know-how to both faculties and students.

“The Anhembi Morumbi University is recognized for its academic quality, innovation and internationality – pillars that apply directly to our course of Gastronomy, which is a pioneer in Brazil,” said Eduardo Giestas, Anhembi Morumbi’s CEO. “We believe the partnership with Kendall College will help us to train skilled professionals with an international vision of the market. Indeed, to be able to live this experience is a plus for the students of both institutions.”
Ms. Knight has visited Brazil as part of a delegation of business, education and government leaders of the State of Illinois invited by Governor Quinn to participate in a trade mission seeking to open and expand new market opportunities, as well as strengthen the cultural and educational partnerships between Illinois and Brazil. The visit, which started on September 23, will extend until September 29 and include visits to Brasilia and Recife.

Signing of Agreement

Emily William Knight speaking

About Kendall College:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois and is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – 2011 Survey). Kendall College  is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),; 1-312-263-0456. For more information, visit

About Universidade Anhembi Morumbi:
Anhembi Morumbi is a University of open boundaries and minds. It was the first international University in Brazil. Since 2005, it has been part of Laureate International Universities, the largest in the world, present in 29 countries with 60 higher educational institutions in more than 100 campuses, with 740 thousand alumni. The University offers under-grad, post-graduation and Master’s Degree programs. It has eight colleges, covering areas like Heath Sciences, Tourism and Hospitality, Business, Law, Arts, Architecture, Design and Fashion, Communication, Engineer and Technology and Education. Anhembi Morumbi has six campuses located Paulista Avenue, Vila Olimpia, Downtown, Morumbi and Vale do Anhangabau. The University has modern laboratories and an international reputation, having already sent thousands of students abroad since 2006 and received hundreds of foreign students in their campuses, which became places for multicultural learning. Some other advantages are double degree programs - allowing students to have certificates valid in Brazil and other countries - and the Global Career Center, a portal with thousands of opportunities for internships and jobs in Brazil and abroad. For more information visit

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