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University of São Paulo

São Paulo

The University of São Paulo (Portuguese: Universidade de São Paulo, USP) is a public university in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It is the largest Brazilian university and the country's most prestigious educational institution, the best university in Ibero-America, and holds a high reputation among world universities, being ranked 51-60 worldwide in reputation by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. USP is involved in teaching, research and university extension in all areas of knowledge, offering a broad range of courses.

The university was founded in 1934, regrouping already existing schools in the state of São Paulo, such as the Faculdade de Direito do Largo de São Francisco (Law), the Polytechnic School (Engineering) and the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (Agriculture). The university has subsequently created new departments, becoming one of the largest institutions of higher education in Latin America, with approximately 90,000 enrolled students. Currently, it has eleven campuses, four of them in the city of São Paulo. The remaining campuses are in the cities of Bauru, Lorena, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto and two in São Carlos.

Several students from the University of São Paulo achieved important positions in the Brazilian society. It was the alma mater of twelve Brazilian presidents. USP was ranked 19th worldwide in a rank based on the number of alumni who became CEOs in the world's 500 largest companies. and also classed in the top 100 worldwide in the Global Employability University Ranking. In terms of research, USP is Brazil's largest research institution, producing more than 25% of the scientific papers published by Brazilian researchers in high quality conferences and journals. In 2015, out of 36 subjects, the QS World University Rankings ranked USP in the top 50 in 8 subjects (including Architecture, Dentistry, Civil Engineering, Agriculture/Forestry and Art/Design) and in the top 51-100th position in 21 more subjects (including Computer Science, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering, Modern Languages, Geography, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics).
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Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de JaneiroCultural StudiesHistory

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro or University of Brazil (Portuguese: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ or Universidade do Brasil) is a public university in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UFRJ is the largest federal university in the country and is one of the Brazilian centers of excellence in teaching and research. In terms of scientific, artistic and cultural productions it is recognized nationally and internationally due to the great teachers, researchers, reviews and assessments made by international agencies. In 2014 QS World University Rankings ranked UFRJ as the best Brazilian federal university, as well as the third best university in the country occupying the fourth position among institutions of Latin America. In 2013 the Ranking Universitário Folha (RUF) ranked UFRJ as the second best university in Brazil and the best Federal University in the country.

Brazil's first official higher education institution, it has operated continuously since 1792, when the "Real Academia de Artilharia, Fortificação e Desenho" (Royal Academy of Artillery, Fortification and Design, precursor to the university's current Polytechnic School) was founded, and served as basis for the country's college system since its officialization in 1920. Besides its 157 undergraduate and 580 postgraduate courses, the UFRJ is responsible for seven museums, most notably the National Museum, nine hospitals, hundreds of laboratories and research facilities and forty-three libraries. Its history and identity are closely tied to the Brazilian ambitions of forging a modern, competitive and just society.

The university is located mainly in Rio de Janeiro, with ramifications spreading to other ten cities. Its main campuses are the historical campus of "Praia Vermelha" (Red Beach) and the newer "Cidade Universitária" (College City), which houses the "Parque Tecnológico do Rio" (Technology Park of Rio) - a science, technology and innovation development cluster. There are also several off-campus units scattered in Rio de Janeiro: the School of Music, the College of Law Studies, the Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences and the Institute of History, in downtown Rio; the National Museum and the Valongo Observatory in São Cristóvão; and the high-school unit "Colégio de Aplicação" (Application College) in Lagoa. To the city of Macaé, located in the State's northern region, was dedicated a research and learning center focused on environmental issues and oil-related matters, and the city of Duque de Caxias, in partnership with the National Institute of Metrics, Normalization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro), saw the implementation of "Pólo Avançado de Xerém" (Advanced Center of Xerém), aimed at boosting research in the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology.

UFRJ is one of the main culprits in the formation of the Brazilian intellectual elite, contributing significantly to build not only the history of Rio de Janeiro but also of Brazil. Some of its former students include renowned economists Carlos Lessa and Mario Henrique Simonsen; Minister Marco Aurélio Mello; the architect Oscar Niemeyer; the educator Anísio Teixeira; the engineer Benjamin Constant Botelho; writers Clarice Lispector, Jorge Amado and Vinicius de Moraes; politicians Francisco Pereira Passos, Osvaldo Aranha and Pedro Calmon, besides the great physicians Carlos Chagas, Oswaldo Cruz and Vital Brazil.
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Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Belo HorizonteEconomicsLawMedicine, General, InternalComputer Science, Robotics

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Federal University of Minas Gerais or UFMG) is a federal university located in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. UFMG is one of Brazil's five largest universities, being the largest federal university. It offers 75 undergraduate degrees, including a Medicine degree, Law and Economics, plus Engineering and Science and Art degrees. It offers 57 PhD programs, 66 MSc programs, 79 Post-Baccalaureate programs and 38 medical internship programs. UFMG has a population of 49,254 students.

The undergratuate students are admitted through the national annual exams called Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio (National High School Exam or ENEM). Its undergraduate courses were ranked in 1st place in the 2007 results for the National Student's Performance Exam (ENADE) and 4th place in the 2008 results. Its Computer Science course was considered the best in the country, as well the Social Sciences course, from FAFICH by the latest edition of ENADE.

The rector of UFMG is Clelio Campolina Diniz. Past students include former Brazilian presidents Juscelino Kubitschek and Tancredo Neves; writer, medical doctor and diplomat João Guimarães Rosa, writers Fernando Sabino, Pedro Nava and Cyro dos Anjos; plastic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy, poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade and musicians Fernando Brant, Samuel Rosa of Skank and Fernanda Takai of Pato Fu.

UFMG is the tenth in the rankings of best universities in Latin America, according QS World University Rankings (2011/12). As reported by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), UFMG is one of the five best universities in Brazil in 2013, and in the World Rank is in the range of 301-400 best universities.
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Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo

São PauloTheology, ReligionCommunicationEconomicsLawPolitical SciencePsychologyPhilosophy

The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, often abbreviated as PUC-SP), popularly known as PUC or the Catholic University (Universidade Católica) is a private and non-profit Catholic university. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Brazilian universities. It is maintained by the Catholic Archdiocese of São Paulo.

Most of the scientific production in PUC-SP can be found in the areas of Law, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Economics, Education, Social Service and Communication, and, in these areas, it is considered one of the most important universities in Latin America, and internationally recognized by the issues and research in disorders of human communication, political economics, semiotics and psychology. In 2014, according to the Brazilian "Ranking de Universidades da Folha" (RUF), the Department of Philosophy at PUC-São Paulo is the best one in Brazil.

PUC-SP was the first university in Brazil to offer graduate programmes in the areas of Multimedia, Social Service, Psychology of Learning, Applied Linguistics and Speech-language Therapy. It also was the second university to offer a bachelor's degree in International Relations, which offers "double diplôme" for selected students that can finish their studies in Sciences Po. Since 2003, PUC-SP participates in the joint graduate program in International Relations Programa San Tiago Dantas together with UNICAMP and UNESP, one of the most important graduate programmes in the area in Brazil. Since 2010 it also offers a joint Masters Degree with Pantheon-Sorbonne University at "Economie de La Mondialisation" ("Mestrado Profissional em Economia da Mundialização e do Desenvolvimento").

Despite being maintained by the Catholic Archdiocese, PUC-SP is well recognized in the city of São Paulo as a liberal environment since its professors and alumni's historical political engagements during the military dictatorship, especially within its main Perdizes campus, which hosts the Social Sciences, Communications, Arts and Humanities courses.
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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná

CuritibaTheology, ReligionBusinessZoology

The Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná; or PUCPR) is a private, not-for-profit Catholic university. The main campus is located in Curitiba, the capital city of the State of Paraná, Brazil. Four additional campuses are located in the cities of Londrina, Maringá, São José dos Pinhais and Toledo. It is maintained by APC (Associação Paranaense de Cultura), an organization run by Marist Brothers. The Catholic Archbishop of the city of Curitiba is the ceremonial chancellor of the University.

The Curitiba campus was the first to be established and houses five academic units: the Center for Biological and Health Sciences, the Center for Exact Sciences and Technology, the Center for Juridical and Social Sciences, the Center for Humanities and Theology, and the Business School. The main buildings of the campus are the central library, which manages the integrated library system (ILS), research labs, classrooms and lecture halls, a 570-seat theater, a pilot plant, and a sports complex. The Museum of Zoology, with a collection of over 6,000 specimens and an Herbarium with approximately 7,000 preserved plant specimens are located on the Curitiba Campus.

There are more than 27,000 students in 60 undergraduate and over 150 postgraduate courses. Over 80% of the faculty possess a master's or doctoral degree. There are 22 graduate courses, at master's and doctoral levels: Health Sciences, Law, Animal Science, Urban Management, Philosophy, Theology, Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Dental Health, Production Engineering, Education, Informatics and Health Technology.
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Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas

CampinasTheology, ReligionPhilosophy

The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas (Portuguese pronunciation: [põtiˈfisjɐ univeɾsiˈdadʒi kaˈtɔlikɐ dʒi kɐ̃ˈpinɐs]) (Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, abbreviated as PUC-Campinas) is a private and non-profit Catholic university, located in Campinas, the second largest city of the State of São Paulo. It is maintained by the Catholic Archdiocese of Campinas.

Founded in June 1941, with the first college teaching Philosophy, Science and Letters, it became a full university in 1955. The title of Pontifical University was granted by Pope Paul VI in 1972. The university has three campuses in the city.

The university has approximately 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses. Undergraduate classes are in administration, system analysis, architecture, arts, accounting, biology, medicine, information science and library science, economics, theology, pharmacy, law, social sciences, literature, physical education, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, speech therapy, nutrition science, engineering (civil, electrical, environmental and sanitary, computing), philosophy, geography, journalism, history, pedagogy, psychology, publicity, public relations, chemistry, social services, occupational therapy and tourism.

The Central Campus is the main building, and the Building of Arts. The university was founded in the central building in 1941.

Campus I is the largest space in PUC-Campinas, where more than 50% of students at the university study and where the Rectory is located. The land of campus I was donated by sisters Vera and Ana Beatriz, daughter of agronomist Caio Guimarães Pinto, former owner of the Santa Candida Farm. Guimaraes had a dream to build a university. The construction of the buildings began when the land was donated in 1970. Three years later, the Institute of Arts, Communications and Tourism (IACT) and the School of Physical Education (FAEF) became operational. The campus was opened in 1976.

The schools are Centre for Economics and Business Administration (CEA), Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Technology (CEATEC), Centre for Applied Social and Human Sciences (CCHSA), except Law, and Centre for Language and Communication (CLC).

Campus II is named "Centro de Ciências da Vida" (Centre for Life Sciences) and it is known as the "Health City." It has this name because all of the university's courses are gathered there. The CCV's courses comprise the following colleges: Biologic Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Medicine, Nutrition, Dentistry, Psychology and Occupational Therapy. The CCV has 33 laboratories, pharmacy school, outpatient services of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, speech therapy clinics, dental and physiotherapy services.

On the same campus is also located the Celso Pierro Hospital and Maternity (HMCP), which has 350 beds and 35 medical specialties. Every year, 450 thousand patients are treated by the Unified Health System (SUS). In Brazil, PUC-Campinas and University of São Paulo are the best in Health.
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University Center of Belo Horizonte

Belo HorizonteMathematics, Statistics, FinancePhysics

The University Center of Belo Horizonte (UniBH) (Portuguese: Centro Universitário de belo Horizonte) is a university located in the city of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. It is considered the best university center of the city of Belo Horizonte and one of the best universities in Brazil, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Education (survey 2011). It is one of the strongest names in higher education in Belo Horizonte, along with UFMG and PUC Minas. It is also one of the most prestigious universities in the country, due to their extension projects and their effort in bringing quality private education to those less fortunate. The UniBH also has ten courses by starry Student Guide of Editora Abril and two courses regarded as the best in the country, Physical Education and Mathematics, according to the RUF 2012 (University Ranking of Folha de S.Paulo). Part of UniBH was sold in 2008 to the group Anima Educação.

With five decades of operation, the UniBH has nearly 50 courses graduation in terms of MBA, degree and technology, and dozens courses of extension, graduate, MBA and MA.

Noteworthy are the courses Medicine (one of the busiest of Minas Gerais), Law, Education, International Relations, Accounting, Ecology and of course Journalism, which has among its graduates many of the journalists working in the media mineira. Aiming to integrate teaching, research and extension, the institution maintains the TV UniBH (present on Brazilian cable TV), which operates since 1998 showing a varied program that includes the knowledge produced by the University Center.
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Universidade Católica de Pernambuco


The Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Catholic University of Pernambuco, often abbreviated as Unicap) is a private and non-profit Catholic university, located in Recife, the capital of the State of Pernambuco. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Brazilian universities. It is maintained by the Society of Jesus.

The Catholic University of Pernambuco, created September 27, 1951 and recognized by the Federal Government through Decree 30,417 of January 18, 1952, originated from the first Catholic school in the region, the College of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters Manoel da Nóbrega, founded in 1943 by the Jesuit Province of the Northeast. In its development, the University met incorporation, aggregation or creation of Colleges, Institutes or School, to implement in 1974 the university reform, advocated by law, adopting the model homogeneous ternary Rectory, Centres and Departments. The Unicap today constitutes an educational complex, which offers, for a community of about 15,000 students, first-degree courses to graduate "in the strict sense." In the area of graduate students enroll in several courses, some 50,000 graduates of the institution over the years of uninterrupted activity.

The Central Library Aloísio M. de Carvalho, SJ is a supplementary organ subordinate to the Rectory. Aims to provide basic information support to teaching, research and extension. It has, on average, 15,000 registered users, including undergraduates, graduate, faculty and technical administrative personnel and alumni. Meets, on average, to 400,000 visits per year to the Library and performs more than 700,000 home loans per year and has an average frequency of 3,500 readers per day.

The collection of free access to over 449,000 copies is composed of several collections, distributed on various floors of the Library, covering the areas of Social and Applied Sciences, Humanities, Linguistics, Literature and Arts, Exact and Earth, Health, Biological, and Agricultural Engineering. All works can be searched via the Internet.

In 2010, the MEC took note 4, with 5 being the highest score. According to table of the MEC, footnote 4 is above the level required for institutions of higher education. "It is a seal of quality. Attests that we are a real university, one of the best in the country, "defined the rector, Pedro Rubens. This was the first time the University went through the process of institutional evaluation of MEC. The evaluators visited the university premises (classrooms, library, clinics, laboratories, offices, centers, departments etc). And heard leaders, teachers, students and staff.

According to the MEC's system of proportional values, the most important criterion is "The policy for teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate), research, extension," which won the Unicap footnote 4. Other highlights of the assessment for the university was the policy of incentives for graduates (with the payment of grants and agreements for internships), the approval of trained law course in the examination of the Bar Association of Brazil (more than 60%), 33 Unicap research groups registered with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the program of scholarships for teachers and employees themselves.

The Student Exchange Program offered by Unicap aims at giving students an academic experience, for one or two semesters in an IES national or international level, through agreements of mutual cooperation in education. This program has its origin in the directives of AUSJAL, Association of Universities entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America, which proposes the integration of students from Latin American Jesuit higher education institutions as complementary modality for their training. On the other hand, Unicap receives foreign students of IESs wishing to conduct graduate study for one or two periods.
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Agriculture, Fisheries, FoodBiology, Biochemistry, BiotechnologyCultural StudiesFilm, Radio, Television

Univates is a private non-profit (communitary) university center based in Lajeado, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It currently has 13,235 students. As of 2011, it had 404 full-time teaching staff. It offers 45 courses on the undergraduate level, 4 on the master's level and one on the doctorate (PhD) level, also counting with 28 research projects, mainly on the areas of biology, food technology and biotechnology.

The institution counts with over 109 laboratories, a start-up hatchery, a culture center, a hydro-meteorological information center, a Natural Science museum, a radio and TV station and an olympic stadium. On May 2014 it opened a cultural center, with a library and a theater for 1150 people.

In 2013 Univates scored as the 4th best private university center (medium-sized higher education institutions) in Brazil according to MEC's General Courses Index (IGC). Considering both private university centers and private universities, Univates ranks as the 3rd best in South Brazil and 7th in Brazil, among the country's top 3.8% private higher education institutions. In 2015, CAPES selected a Univates project for research and innovation on Teacher Education among with 9 other in the whole country, with a grant of approximately R$1,700.000.

A 2005 study showed that the institution has a significative impact on the economics of the city of Lajeado and the Taquari Valley region, providing respectively 3.36% and 0.97% of the total amount of working places in that year.
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Escola Brasileira de Administração Pública e de Empresas

Rio de JaneiroBusinessManagementPublic Administration

The Escola Brasileira de Administração Pública e de Empresas (EBAPE, Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration) is a Brazilian private higher education institution founded in April 1952 and linked to the Fundação Getúlio Vargas. The School also works as a research institution. Its academic programs include: Undergraduation in Administration, Online Undergraduation in Technological Management Processes (FGV Online), Master of Public Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Administration and Post-Doctorate in Administration.

EBAPE has played an important role in training university and government personnel both in Brazil and in other countries in Latin America and Africa, also fostering cooperation between institutions and exchange programs. Over the years, these programs have been an incentive for developing joint research efforts and technical counseling projects with other Administration Schools.

It's academic policy is formulated by the Consultative Council made up of its faculty members. The Board of Directors is responsible for administration of the School, though its Academic Training and Research Centers, Lato Sensu Graduate Center and Consultancy, Training and Managerial Development Centers.

In addition to the activities conducted at its head offices in Rio de Janeiro, EBAPE has extended and consolidated its work in regional centers around the country and abroad. Special programs in technical training and consultancy are held in Brasília and other Brazilian cities.

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