The Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), placed in Florianópolis, capital of the state of Santa Catarina, was founded on December 18, 1960, with the objective of promoting teaching, research and extension. Its community consists of about 60 thousand people, including teachers, administrative technicians in education and undergraduate, postgraduate, high school, fundamental and basic students. There are more than 5,600 teachers (2,452) and technicians (3,189) who work in administrative and academic activities.
It is a free public university and has campuses in four other municipalities: Araranguá, Curitibanos, Joinville and Blumenau. The campuses were instituted with resources from the Program to Support Restructuring and Expansion Plans of the Federal Universities (Reuni), of the Ministry of Education (MEC), in a process of internalization of the University to other regions in Santa Catarina.
Its commitment to excellence and solidarity makes it reach high levels of qualification, participating in the construction of a more just and democratic society. In the World University Ranking 2018 of Times Higher Education, British consultancy in the area of higher education, UFSC is the only one in the state to appear in the ranking and appears as the 16th Brazilian in the list.
The University University Ranking (RUF), edition 2017, which evaluated 195 institutions in the country, UFSC stands out as the 6th best university in the country. Among the federations in Brazil, UFSC is the 4th place, and the 2nd best university in the Southern Region.
Since the 1980s, the institution has invested intensively in the expansion of postgraduate and research, in addition to supporting the creation of technological centers in the state of Santa Catarina and developing a series of extension projects aimed at society.
UFSC has more than 30 thousand students enrolled in 108 undergraduate courses and 14 distance education courses. As for post-graduation, UFSC offers more than 7 thousand places for stricto sensu courses: there are 63 academic masters, 15 professional masters and 55 doctoral courses. In the 12 courses of specialization are about 3 thousand students, 2891 in distance and 179 in courses lato sensu presencial. In the last evaluation of the National Postgraduate System, carried out by the Coordination of Higher Level Personnel (Capes), were rated 6 and 7 – the highest – 17 of the 56 programs evaluated and 62.5% of them obtained an equal or greater than 5.
The Campus Florianópolis is located at the Application College (CA), which offers basic and secondary education to the community and the Child Development Center (NDI), which serves more than 200 children up to 5 years and 11 months old.
UFSC has about 600 research groups certified in the Directory of Research Groups (DGP) of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), bringing together professors, technicians and students.
In addition to the expansion in the country itself, UFSC has been internationalized through cooperation with educational institutions around the world. There are currently around 300 agreements with more than 40 countries on all continents.
Knowledge producing citizenship
The UFSC has a trajectory of 57 years, dedicated to the formation of the human being. With its foundations in the indissociability between teaching, research and extension, it constantly widens and deepens its action from basic education to post-graduation. The social recognition it receives places it among the best universities in the country and in Latin America – a result of the commitment and dedication of its students, faculty and technical-administrative staff. The UFSC increasingly affirms itself as a social institution of higher education, completely committed to building a just and democratic society.