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National Council for the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education Institutions
Conselho Nacional das Instituições da Rede Federal de Educação Profissional, Científica e Tecnológica (CONIF)

UNEVOC Centre (National Body) since 2016

The National Council for the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education Institutions (Conif) carries out technical and strategic actions to foster public education at a high level of excellence. It is a forum for discussing, proposing and promoting policies for the development of vocational and technological education, research and innovation.

The Council gathers the leaders of 38 Federal Institutes of Education, Science and Technology, 2 Federal Centers of Technological Education, and Pedro II School, which encompass a total of 661 campuses located in 578 municipalities in Brazil with about one million students enrolled and over 75,000 permanent staff (including faculty and technical-administrative staff).

The institutions have the social commitment to offer excellent free public vocational education to young people and workers, from the country and the city. Articulated with local productive arrangements they enable the effective access to scientific and technological achievements, through the offer of vocational qualification in several areas of knowledge; promote applied research and innovation; act strongly in the technological extension; cover several levels and modalities of vocational education, from the basic to graduate school, including teachers’ formation, based in its own educational project.

Politically and administratively, Conif acts as an instance to the debate and the defense of public vocational and technological education and aims at enhancing, strengthening and consolidating its 41 associated institutions.

As a representative entity of the Federal Network institutions it acts with different society’s representations, national and international partners, Legislative Power and, frequently, it helps the Ministry of Education (MEC, in Portuguese) in the planning of actions and projects destined to the evolution of Brazilian vocational education.


To strengthen the Federal Network's Institutions, through political coordination and representation initiatives aimed at enhancing high quality vocational, scientific and technological that is public and socially approved.


  • Foster integration, strengthening and consolidation of federal institutions of vocational, scientific and technological education;
  • Promote actions to define policies ensuring the free, public and inclusive character of the institutions that compose the Council;
  • Represent the group of affiliates.

Regular tasks

It is responsible for leading and supporting the Network, besides working continuously for improvements in infrastructure and labor conditions to the public workers, with the objective of maintaining the recognized learning excellence attributed to the institutions, which offer free vocational education in several levels and modalities.

The Council also promotes strategic and effective actions to strengthen the internationalization of the EPCT Network, narrowing relations with other countries and solidifying technical cooperation.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge
Primary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
  Secondary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
Interested to lead
   Interested to learn
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
Interested to lead
Gender equality in TVET
Interested to lead
Fostering entrepreneurship
Interested to lead
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
  Moderately interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
  Moderately interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
  Moderately interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
Highly interested


Conselho Nacional das Instituições da Rede Federal de Educação Profissional, Científica e Tecnológica (CONIF)
Setor Comercial Sul, Quadra 02, Bloco D
Edifício Oscar Niemeyer - Lojas 2 e 3.
70316-900 Brasília
Distrito Federal


local time now: ~21:34 ±1 hour daylight saving time

Head of UNEVOC Centre
Dr. Jefferson Azevedo
Coordinator of Conif International relations chamber

UNEVOC Coordinator
Dr. Jefferson Azevedo
Coordinator of Conif International relations chamber

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12 September 2018
UNEVOC Latin American Network Strengthens Ties
During its annual REDITEC meeting in Brazil, the National Council of the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific, and Technological Education Institutions (Conif), jointly with UNESCO-UNEVOC, organized a UNEVOC Network cluster meeting for Latin America.
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