Private education company Anima Holding has agreed with VBI Real Estate, an investment fund manager focused on the Brazilian real estate market, to develop a portfolio of student housing totalling 5,000 beds, with an investment forecast of up to 800 million reais (£112.5 million) in the next seven years.

The agreement includes the participation of Uliving, a company associated with VBI, which operates student housing in Brazil.

The assets will be used to accommodate Anima Education’s undergraduate, graduate, master’s and doctoral students, in addition to researchers and professors linked to Anima Education.

Uliving’s co-founder and chief executive Juliano Antunes said: “Our goal, since the beginning, was not only to offer an exclusive experience in an unexplored and not yet professionalised market, but also to promote the sense of community to young people in Brazil and around the world, stimulating the exchange of experiences in such an important phase of the student’s life – elements that help in the formation of the human being and the professional.”

Marcelo Bueno, chief executive of Anima Education, added: “This partnership is totally unprecedented and exclusive in Brazil. We are offering our students the possibility of having a complete and innovative university experience, which will provide connections and learning that go beyond the classroom. The proposal is totally in line with the company’s DNA in enabling our students to be in contact with what exists as most modern and innovative services in the educational market, contributing to their integral development.”

Global advisory firm Bonard was the exclusive advisor to Anima Education for the transaction.

Date published: 30 July 2021

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