University description (as per official university website)
The Centro Universitario de Patos de Minas has based its institutional philosophy:
equality between men, regardless of nationality, gender, race or creed;
respect for human rights, among them the right to education, instruction and training;
the principles of freedom and human solidarity;
education of the human person;
the values of democracy;
social support in the poorest countries;
in protecting the environment.
PURPOSES AND BASIC PRINCIPLES OF UNIPAM
University Center aims to:
promote training and qualification of human resources that comprise the academic community;
provide quality higher education;
encouraging implementation of research;
extend the knowledge produced in the community, looking for the solution of problems and aiming at the integration of the University Center with the community where it operates;
promote systematic diagnostic evaluation of its activities, as a permanent process;
promote the community spirit of brotherhood and equality among citizens, so that its graduates are able to develop consciously their life projects.
Being at the same time, agent and instrument of social transformation, seeking the educational process, through excellence in teaching and regional integration, the integral formation of man, promoting humanistic development, science and technology.
The Educational Foundation of Patos de Minas - Fepam - was established by the State of Minas Gerais, on May 27, 1968, through Law 4776.
The first five courses were approved in April 14, 1970, along with the authorization of the operation of the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters. The first courses were approved: Biology, History, Literature, Mathematics and Pedagogy.
In 1986, approved the installation of the Faculty of Administrative Sciences and the first entrance exam for the course in Business Administration was held in 1989. On November 9, 1992, authorized the Accounting Course.
On June 22, 1995, authorized the study of law and therefore the Law School and at December 15, 1997, authorized the Course of Pharmacy, together with the Faculty of Health Sciences
On November 14, 2000, authorized the operation of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with the Course of Agronomy.
On July 6, 2001, the Governor of Minas Gerais accredits the University Center of Patos de Minas - UNIPAM - as the entity responsible for current and future college, getting the Educational Foundation of Patos de Minas - FEPAM - maintainer of the institution.
With the accreditation of the University Center of Patos de Minas, the number of courses the institution has increased 160% in six years, from 10 to 26 the number of courses offered.
Also in 2001, authorized the operation of the course Information Systems. In 2002, three other courses were approved: Nursing, Physical Education and Chemistry, Biology and the course becomes Sciences. Three years later, already in 2005, other courses are authorized: Animal Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Media - qualification in Advertising - and Physics, being held for the first time in the history of UNIPAM two vestibular in a single year. In that same year two other courses were approved: Executive Secretariat and Psychology.
In 2006 a novelty, brought UNIPAM Patos de Minas region and the Colleges of Technology. This model of course is more focused on those already in the field of academic interest, and requires an academic longer applicable, fast and dynamic.
Were installed courses in Agribusiness Management, Management in Retail and Fashion and Style.
In 2007, the UNIPAM finally obtained permission for the operation of the medical school, with its first class this year. This course is another great achievement of the institution for the entire community, achieving growing recognition and opening the gates for students from various regions of the country.
Despite the important changes in the institution since the establishment of the University Center, the goals and ideals of progress are still far from exhausted, and certainly the history of UNIPAM is far from closed.