The Western Paraná State University, or Unioeste was created in 1988 and became a university under the Brazilian Federal Government in 1994.
This public university is located in the Brazilian state of Paraná, based in the city of Cascavel. It has several campuses in several different cities including Foz do Iguaçu, Francisco Beltrão, Marechal Cândido Rondon and Toledo.
The Regional Hospital of Cascavel was made into the Western Paraná University Hospital (HUOP) and was transferred across to Unioeste.
Unioeste offers 52 undergraduate courses and 66 graduate degree programmes.
Research is also important for Unioeste and it has over 215 research groups, 12 research centres and multiple technological and scientific laboratories.
Outreach programmes at Unioeste are designed to serve the 100 municipalities across Paraná and Brazil. There are over 670 outreach activities for faculty, staff and students.
Cascavel, in Western Paraná, is responsible for 26 per cent of cereals produced within the state. Other crops include soybeans, wheat, corn, rice, cotton and beans. It also produces poultry, swine and beef cattle.
Western Paraná is next to the states of Santa Catarina and Mato Grosso do Sul, and it also borders on the Argentinian province of Misiones and the Paraguayan departments of Canindeyú and Alto Paraná. It has a very low crime rate for Brazil and is one of the most developed states in the nation.
The region is known for the Iguaçu National Park, the Iguaçu Falls, the Itaipú Hydroelectric Dam and the Itaipú Lake.