- Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
name = Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
motto = Ars et Scientia
mottoeng = Arts and Science
established = 1962
type = Public
Álvaro Toubes Prata
undergrad = 25357
postgrad = 8543
staff = 4,539
campus = Urban
website= [http://www.ufsc.br/ www.ufsc.br]
Federal University of Santa Catarina (in Portuguese Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, UFSC) is a public university located at
Florianópolis, the capital city of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.
It is one of the leading Latin-American research universities, being the third largest university in Brazil and the fifth in Latin America, noted by its engineering school, and the only Federal University in the state of Santa Catarina.UFSC, as called by its students and staff members, is internationally known by the quality of its courses in
Mechanical engineering, Control engineering, and Electrical engineering. UFSC was ranked as the seventh best university in Latin America by the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities;
The organization of its campus is done in the called Centers of Education (in Portuguese Centros de Ensino), divided by field of study , comprising 11 at total. Every Center of Education is divided in
departmentsthe largest one being [http://www.emc.ufsc.br Department of Mechanical Engineering] comprising two undergraduate courses, Mechanical Engineeringand Materials Engineering, and 10 graduation courses, 7 in Mechanical Engineering and 3 in Materials Engineering. The oldest is the Center of Juridic Sciences, that is itself the department of Law, which was the first of UFSC's departments to be officially recognized in 1932.
The history of Federal University of Santa Catarina has its roots in the Polytechnic Institute of Florianópolis founded in March 13 of 1917 by José Arthur Boiteux. Organized as a free institute, it was the first college degree institution of Santa Catarina state. In February 11 of 1932 the Law School was incorporated, officially in 1935.
That triggered a movement to start the first state university and in December 18 of 1960 it became the University of Santa Catarina, offering the courses of Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Economics, Social Service and the School of Industrial Engineering.In July 15 of 1968, as an effort of Brazilian government to improve the college education in Brazil with an educational reform, the major universities in Brazil were reorganized in Centers and Departments and acquired a new educational structure, more resembling the American and English methodology. Since that the university become the Federal University of Santa Catarina.
In 1961 the institution has earned a new place in the city to build its structure, located in the region of Trindade near downtown
Florianópolis. The area was previously occupied by a model farm called Assis-Brasil and is located near the coast, having several streams crossing the actual campus. The moving was finished in 1980.
As a young university, the Federal University of Santa Catarina continues to grow. It has several new buildings being built on its campus, almost all of them being financed from research and projects of the laboratories, which are themselves being expanded, the latest completed being the Center of Thermophysics proprieties and the Block A3, which has several laboratories of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. At the moment, there are two additional buildings under construction, related to the Department of Informatics and Statistics and to the Department of Automation and Systems.
The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Federal University of Santa Catarina) undergraduate admission process is almost similar to all others in
Brazil, using written tests called vestibular. In late years this process of admission has been criticized and altered, and in the 2007 the institution approved the quote system proposed by the Ministry of Education in early Luis Inácio Lula da Silvagovernment, which makes 10% of places for newcoming students available to racial minorities and 20% for students coming from public schools.In the last three years the highest admission grades were to the following courses:
Medicine81.04 of 96 points possibles
Mechanical engineering75.66 of 96
Control engineering75.19 of 96
Law75.10 of 96
The admission process for graduation is more complex and usually involves a test and a recommendation from the previous college. People interested in graduation courses at UFSC should contact the department of the intended course directly. The Brazilian Ministry of Education, through CAPES ("Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal do Nível Superior", Superior Level Personnel Enhancement Coordination) evaluates graduate programs in Brazil every 3 years, ranking them from 1 (worst) to 7, being 6 the excellence and 7 the international excellence level.The following graduation courses at UFSC have received grades 6 or 7, as per the last CAPES evaluation:
2004 numbers, provided by the institution.
* 62 undergraduation courses;
* 48 Master courses;
* 33 doctorate courses;
* 32,286 students (total);
* 1,552 Professors;
* 2,987 auxiliary staff;
Centers of Education
* [http://www.ccs.ufsc.br/ Center of Health Sciences - CCS]
* [http://www.portalcds.ufsc.br/ Center of Sports - CDS]
* [http://www.ced.ufsc.br/ Center of Education Sciences - CED]
* [http://www.portalcse.ufsc.br/ Social and Economics Center - CSE]
* [http://www.ctc.ufsc.br/index.php Center of Technology - CTC]
* [http://www.cce.ufsc.br/ Center of Communications and Expression - CCE]
* [http://www.ccj.ufsc.br/ Center of Juridic Sciences - CCJ]
* [http://www.cca.ufsc.br/ Center of Agronomic Sciences - CCA]
* [http://www.ccb.ufsc.br/ Center of Biologic Sciences - CCB]
* [http://www.cfm.ufsc.br/~portal/portal/index.php?section=13 Center of Physics and Mathematics - CFM]
* [http://www.cfh.ufsc.br/ Center of Philosophy and human Sciences - CFH]
* [http://www.ufsc.br/ University website] pt icon
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