The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) has its main campus located in Florianópolis, capital of the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Founded on 18 December 1960 with the goal of promoting teaching, research and outreach, UFSC delivers free and public education and has reached position number 10 among Brazilian universities and position number 24 in the overall ranking of the QS University Rankings: Latin America 2015.
During the 1980’s, UFSC began to invest heavily in the expansion of graduate programs and research, besides supporting the creation of technology centers in the state of Santa Catarina and the development of a number of outreach projects for the community. Today, UFSC has four other campuses distributed in the cities of Araranguá, Blumenau, Curitibanos and Joinville.
UFSC community consists of more than 50,000 people, including about 5,500 administrative and academic staff, and their achievements are seen as reference in Brazil and abroad. It has more than 30,000 students enrolled in 103 undergraduate programs with regular classroom courses and 14 distance learning programs. In graduate education, the institution offers more than 7,000 places in stricto sensu programs, including 63 academic master’s degree, 15 professional master’s degree and 55 doctoral degree programs. UFSC also offers 32 specialization programs, with over 6,000 students enrolled in distance learning courses and 500 students in classroom courses (lato sensu). In the last evaluation of the National Graduate System (SNPG), conducted by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), 62,5% of UFSC’s graduate programs achieved grade 5 or above (in a 0-7 scale).
Additionally, UFSC has become internationalized through cooperation agreements with educational institutions all over the world. Currently, there are near 300 partnerships with countries in all parts of the globe.
Knowledge building citizenship
UFSC has a history of 55 years, dedicated to the formation of human beings. Based on the indivisibility of teaching, research and outreach, the institution constantly broadens and deepens its action in all levels from basic to graduate education. The social recognition it receives places UFSC among the best universities in the country and in Latin America – a result of the commitment and dedication of its students, professors and administrative staff. UFSC increasingly positions itself as a social institution of higher education fully committed to the construction of a just and democratic society.