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Faculdade Três de Maio
São Paulo, Brazil


University description (as per official university website)

In the late nineteenth century came to Brazil a flood of immigrants coming from different countries of Europe. In order to ensure the maintenance of their culture, brought with them a pastor who also exercised the function of teacher and could keep then alive the language and culture itself. This was the case of German immigrants. So, they built schools alongside the churches.

A chapel, a school and a community center always occupied a prominent place in the life of new communities. Among them, in 1918, when "everything was closed jungle," came the first Christian families, bringing the Bible, the catechism, a hymnal, faith and will to win. Established here, in the decade 1910-1920, the colony-Buricá Santa Rosa, today the municipality of Três de Maio.

The school started its activities in 1922, being the Lord Kreutler the first resident pastor here, also his first teacher. Classes were held at the Community House (Gemeindehaus).

On 1 January 1923 was affiliated with the Sierra-verband (Serrana Association of Schools) and was decided in June that year, untie their administration of the Community and to pass this assignment to an own board.

In 1931, the responsibility of the school was transferred to the newly founded School Society Santa Rosa (Deutsch - Brasilianische Schulverein), continuing to run classes at the Community House. Several disagreements, caused the Santa Rosa School Society built its own building, where today is the Banco do Brazil.

In January 1932, the Community re-took over the school, returning to keep it, giving it the name Centenary College.

During the Second World War, after the school was closed for a few months - in 1944 - the Community Board, held on February 15, 1945, decided to reopen it, asking the Department of Education teacher and a commitment to work with the name "St. Paul Synod School." During this period, during World War II, the school was closed for one year, as the teacher of his time had been arrested. The school was to guide and prepare people for life.

Ideas to expand the school's actions, combined with the help of Congressman Herman Dockhorn and obtaining financial aid has made this desire. The board of St. Paul Evangelical Community has mobilized and developed new projects to work on new courses. Was created, then, Setra, Educational Society Três de Maio, 22 September 1950, founded by members of the community.

The first teacher in SETRA recorded in 1952, was Professor Brunhilde Matzembacher Tesche, and the second, Professor Deon Olimpio (deceased). The school was maintained through membership fees and donations. To supplement the income festivities were held. It was a difficult time. There were about a hundred and twenty students enrolled, two teachers and the first and second series running in the same classroom. Thereafter the direction of the School was in charge of Professor Florencio Berger.

The Institution on May 10, 1954, he assumed, in addition to primary school, the Rural Normal School President Getulio Vargas, whose goal was to prepare teachers for rural areas and contribute to the transformation of communities. Around 1956 / 57, the teachers started to be paid for shift work. The difficulties of maintenance were many. In March 1964 have been realized the weaknesses of some teachers through the state government, enabling continuity of work.

From the beginning, the Evangelical Community SETRA and St. Paul schools maintained for the sole purpose of providing education to youth from pre-primary and, if possible, to higher education. With the educational reform introduced by Law 5692/71, which led to profound changes in the educational system of the country, the School "Vargas" whose Normal Course Rural, already endangered, led to the College President Getúlio Vargas, with Technical Course in Farming.

Throughout its history were significant financial aid from Germany and the United States of America, brokered by the Lutheran Church, in order to improve its vital infrastructure.

Faced with growing, by 1970, promoted a more centralized administrative organization, structured in two foci: the Administrative and Education. Later in 1973 came the incorporation of the Degree of Management in partnership with the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria - UFSM.

In 1975, when the keeper SETRA turned 25, offered courses in Pre-primary levels, Elementary, Middle, Technical (Agricultural) and Superior (Administration). He was now, about 400 students.

The SETRA is an "association whose purpose is to advocate for civic education, moral, cultural, religious, artistic, literary and scientific cooperation of the Brazilian people, organizing, assisting or installing, within its possibilities and non-profit institutions, healthcare, cultural, philanthropic and educational courses for Early Childhood Education, Elementary and Middle Professional Education of Basic, Technical and Technological and Higher Education "(Article 2 of the Bylaws).

Currently has two retained: the Center School that offers kindergarten, elementary and high school, 7 and Synod Technical Courses Language; and Faculty Three May 8 that offers undergraduate, specialization and extension in four areas. It has about 156 teachers, 90 employees and 2,050 students. Its mission is "to produce, develop and share the acquired knowledge."


Production, development and socialization of knowledge.


Being a center of excellence in production, development and socialization of knowledge


Produce, develop and share the acquired knowledge to promote quality of life based on Christian values.


Promotion of quality satisfaction for those involved in
educational process and society.
Growth in an orderly, innovative and self-sustaining.
Stakeholder involvement in decision making.
Updating and ongoing improvements involved.
Christian behavior, moral and ethical in all actions.


THE HUMAN BEING is supportive, ethical, Christian, entrepreneur, critical, creative, political, historical, emotional, subjective, investigator, which produces, manages and experience the technological advances, humanizing them in favor of life and seeking to be happy.

The teacher is a professional with critical and scientific, updated and participatory researcher, able to awaken in man the desire for knowledge. It acts as a mediator of educational practice, which aims at training competencies and skills supportive of the citizen, guiding their students to be agents of history in search of solutions to the society in which they live.

The student is the person we dream, in constitution, being the essence of meaningful experiences of school. Search social identity, affection, opportunities and job satisfaction in a complex society.

The world is a place where we live in constant transformation, establishing the balance of the environment through human actions.

The society is the space where human relationships happen and interaction with the world. Context in which the story is to be learned and, based on dignity, ethical values and promote the Christian life, enabling quality of life and social justice.

The school is an educational institution that articulates ways to awaken in man the desire for knowledge, basing so the process of setting up intellectual, technical, human, religious and citizen, and production of scientific knowledge in a critical, creative ethic, enabling access to cultural heritage.

SETRA The educational institution is a welcoming, organized and enterprising in the pursuit of promoting human values, the ethical and the Christian spirit, integrated into the community and committed to the quality of knowledge production. Represents the link between family, school and society and are committed to providing children, adolescents and adults, quality education, contextualized, open to social, cultural, science and technology, stimulating the development of local and regional society.

The Homeland is a link between people moved by the feeling of love, consisting of cultures and beliefs, where the human is identified as a world citizen.

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