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Faculdade do Noroeste de Minas
Paracatu, Brazil


University description (as per official university website)

At the moment the Faculty FINOM celebrates over two decades of presence in Paracatu, higher education in Brazil is currently undergoing significant changes. Courses offered on the semi-presence, technological courses of short duration, mergers of large educational groups and new features incorporated into the classroom promote a revolution in higher education.

When it began operating in the city for over 20 years, FINOM also made sweeping changes in society. Until then, there was no educational institution operating in the city. The higher education was only possible in large urban centers far removed from Paracatu fact that limited access of paracatuenses college.

Without doubt, the institution has contributed to the development of Paracatu by providing skilled labor. The establishment of a college in the city represented the realization of a dream for many citizens who, by erecting a straw in the ceremony of graduation were increasingly certain of one mission. With renewed knowledge, were protagonists of a great transformation.

In recent years, the institution has now reached maturity with trends in the educational sector. At the beginning of the activities were only two upper-level courses. Currently, there are 17 offered courses in undergraduate, graduate and technology. Unlike many other colleges, FINOM evolved, acquiring the competitiveness that the market demands.

The increased offer of courses was not done randomly. The opening of new academic was based on a detailed study, which took into account the socio-economic vocation of the city. We also started to offer differentiated products to meet the specifics of a given public system (distance learning, postgraduate courses , etc.)..

With a significant amount of courses, thousands of professionals already in the market, a modern and functional campus and qualified teachers, our institution enjoys a comfortable reality and sees a promising future. And in the coming semesters, the FINOM will offer new degrees in engineering and technological level courses also focused on the labor market.


Mission, business vision and values

Philosophies that portray the image of the institution

In times of dramatic change of market, any organization must establish goals and get results even more satisfactory. And to make plans, the first step would be to establish what are the assumptions underlying the mission, business vision and values.

Once defined, these terms act as "guides" towards organizational excellence. However, it is not uncommon to come across cases where mission, business vision and values are forgotten in frames on the wall. There are static and anonymous, serving only as an ornament for a particular sector.

The thought that takes shape through the "task" is much more than a soundbite. The term directs the company's attitudes against the various social, economic and cultural differences must be taken seriously by all members that make up the organization, from upper levels to operational positions.

Periodic evaluation of the "mission" and the implementation of necessary adjustments to the current situation of the organization must be a constant concern on the part of business managers, since the term is a very important tool in strengthening plans for business development.

Admittedly, the "mission" becomes stronger when it promotes a comprehensive integration of various sectors and become part of everyday life of the institution. Perhaps the biggest challenge would be to put all employees, their postures, their personal and academic training in fine tuning with the ideal of the company.

Currently, the "mission" of FINOM is appropriate and reflects the time, faithfully, commitment of the faculty with the development of the municipality. The organization believes that the college represents an important mechanism for social mobility and transformation of ideals. The higher education breaks down barriers, promote changes in society and break paradigms.


Contribute to the development of society, promoting a school of excellence, able to construct and reconstruct knowledge.


Offering undergraduate, graduate and extension lato sensu, to train professionals quailificados to the labor market, thus contributing to improving the educational sector of the region


Become the biggest and best University Center of the Northwest regions of Mines and High Paranaíba.


Professional Qualification

Social responsibility




The first college of the Northwest Mining

The development of Paracatu is linked to the discovery of gold in the region. If in the past, the valuable metal has attracted travelers in search of riches, even today, the extraction of minerals like gold represents much of the city collection. Agricultural activities such as cattle breeding and production of soybeans and corn, also deserve mention.

In this context, the city gained the status of regional hub, attracting significant amount of people from the 80's, from nearby towns like Unai, Guarda-Mor, Vazante and John Pike. Many came here in search of specialized medical services, courses in education, leisure and entertainment and also to work.

In 1987, Paracatu wins his first college actually claimed some time ago by the society of the time. On 31 August, the Northwest School of Mines (FINOM) started their activities in the city, offering courses in Education and History. The first classes took place in the building of the current State School Themistocles Rock, located in the center of town, near the Coach.

The Faculty of Education had the qualifications in Administration of 1 ° and 2 ° degrees (bachelor short and full), School Supervision of 1 ° and 2 ° degrees (bachelor short and full), Magisterium and Matters of Pedagogical 2nd degree ( full degree). The course of history, in addition to full degree in the area, still possible to major in Social Studies (bachelor short).

The fact Paracatu be considered a historical city was decisive in the choice of course of history. Moreover, at the time, the city had significant amount of teachers working in the market without training. This situation has favored the opening of the Faculty of Education. The first selections were highly disputed, and the college he was offered almost a thousand entries in a single college.

Pedrina Viana Pereira Angelica Pereira da Costa Viana and Maria were the idealizing of FINOM. Competent and dedicated educators in the city, had a dream: build a great institution. And, along with Joseph Wenceslas, Nadyr Fagundes, Cassiano Viana, José Neiva, Paulo Vieira, Paulo Vieira Júnior, Lucia de Jesus Therezinha Dorival and Lawrence, were effective in old desire.

At the time, there was no better reality for the emergence of a higher education institution in Paracatu. The absence of schools in the city, the intense movement of people from nearby cities, the booming economy and high number of teachers working in schools and colleges without specific training in aspects that have favored the emergence of the Northwest School of Mines.

First groups of trainees

The lessons of the first classes of courses in History and Pedagogy of FINOM happened on school Themistocles Rocha. Some rooms and also a small library were used by students who attended class throughout the week and on Saturdays.

Just when the activities started in Paracatu, demand for the courses of the new institution of learning was great. In 1987, the year of commencement of classes, there were three classes enrolled in the Faculty of Education and two in history. Since then, the college began receiving students from several nearby towns that were seeking higher education in better training for the labor market.

Teachers who worked in the first classes were mostly citizens paracatuenses. There were also professionals from other cities and even other parts of the country. Many had only a degree in their fields, and teaching in higher education has stimulated the improvement of training.

The first graduation ceremony took place two years after the start of school in 1989. On occasion, glued grade classes of short degrees in Social Studies, School Administration and Supervision. In 1991 came a new graduation ceremony, now with the classes of History, Teaching, School Supervision and Administration (full degree courses).

Many alumni of the first classes of History courses and pedagogy are currently teachers and school principals from public and private schools. Several studies have continued, completing post-graduate specialization, master's and doctoral degrees.


Library and modern laboratories stimulate learning

Institutions that seek excellence in the education of its students must provide complete infrastructure, both physical and academic. Based on this premise, the Faculty FINOM held constant investment in order to provide a quality education and according to market requirements.

The FINOM has an extensive library, which provides scholars from various undergraduate diverse body of works. In space are thousands of examples that cover all areas of human knowledge. The sector also provides features such as documentaries, CDs and DVDs, and various periodicals.

The library is open to the community and also to students of other colleges and public schools and private schools. Rooms for group and individual studies provide an ideal environment for those students seeking convenience and peace of mind to do academic work or simply reading the daily news in newspapers and magazines.

Has just been delivered to students over a computer lab, fully air conditioned, with 36 computers Dell branded, next-generation, Internet-connected, adding the fifth FINOM computer lab, study room in addition to the library, with a Dell last generation, also available to academics FINOM.

The labs have the necessary software for the computer classes, including software to aid the teacher in practical classes.

All classrooms have FINOM Faculty Multimedia Projector (datashows), in which teachers have at their disposal all the resources for better utilization of the transmission of knowledge and students learn what is most modern in the teaching-learning .

On the machines are installed several programs that assist students in academic activities. All computers are connected to the Internet, which allows access to the global network in real time and speed for information transmission.

Thematic laboratories

Besides the library and computer labs, students from FINOM have spacious classrooms, well ventilated and lighted, food and thematic laboratories Hardware and Network Computers, Geography, Biology, Electronic Measurements, Telecommunications, Chemical, Electrical , Metrology, Strength of Materials, Hydrology and Hydraulics, Transport Phenomena, Thermodynamics (Physics), DSP (Digital Signal Processing), Pollution Control and laboratory transformers.

All thematic laboratories have complete infrastructure and equipment necessary to practice the profession.

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