The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) has its headquarters in Florianópolis, the capital of the state of Santa Catarina. It was founded in December 18, 1960, with the aim of promoting teaching, research and extension. UFSC community consists of about 50 thousand people, including students, professors and administrative staff. There are approximately 5,500 academic and administrative staff working in various activities, the results of which are reference in Brazil and abroad.
Public and free of charge, UFSC has four other campuses distributed in the municipal districts of Araranguá, Curitibanos, Joinville and Blumenau. All new campuses were financed by the Ministry of Education (MEC), through the Support Program for the Restructuring and Expansion of Federal Universities (REUNI), in a process of expanding the university to other regions within the state of Santa Catarina.
UFSC’s commitment to excellence and solidarity are responsible for its high levels of qualification, as it contributes to the construction of a more just and democratic society. In the QS University Rankings: Latin America 2015, UFSC has reached the 24th position in the overall ranking, the 10th position among Brazilian universities and the 6th position among federal universities.
Since the 1980s, the institution began to invest heavily in the expansion of graduate education and research, besides supporting the creation of technological centers in the state of Santa Catarina and developing a number of extension projects for the community.
Currently, UFSC has over 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), 17 out of the 56 graduate programs evaluated received grade 6 and 7, which are the highest rates, and 62,5% of the programs achieved grade 5 or above.
Located in the Florianópolis campus are the Laboratory School (Colégio de Aplicação – CA), which offers primary and secondary education to the community, and the Child Development Center (NDI), which serves children aged up to 5 years and 11 months.
UFSC has more than 600 research groups certified by the Research Group Directory (DPG) of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), which gathers professors, administrative staff and students.
Besides the expansion within the country, UFSC has become internationalized through the cooperation with educational institutions worldwide. There are currently over 400 agreements signed with institutions from more than 50 countries from all continents.
Knowledge building citizenship
UFSC has a history of 55 years, dedicated to the formation of human beings. With its foundations in 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, teachers 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.