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Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil


University description (as per official university website)

A history of PUC-SP

PUC-SP was established in 1946, from the union of the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of St. Benedict (founded 1908) and the Paulista School of Law. Aggregate them, but with independent financial administrative structures, were four other church institutions. Weather at the Catholic University of São Paulo, whose mission was to form Catholic leaders and the children of the elite of São Paulo.

At the beginning of next year, Pope Pius XII Catholic University granted the title of Papal and appointed as the first Grand Chancellor of the institution Dom Carlos Carmelo Cardinal de Vasconcelos Mota. Also Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Cardinal Motta was a founder and one of the principal framers of PUC-SP.

In late 1960, the PUC-SP begins to develop what would be its essence: the academic quality linked to social concern. In 1969, the University created the first organized course of graduate school in the country. In 1971, another academic bold proposal: the emergence of the Basic Cycle of Human Sciences. Academically, the institution went to work as a real university to evaluate and consider inseparable from teaching, research and extension.

On the other hand, the bold to put the University at the forefront of the fight against military dictatorship as a defender of freedom, rights and democracy. In the 1970s, the University hired teachers who had left the institutions in which they worked, compulsorily retired by the military. Became part of the management of PUC-SP intellectuals such as Florestan Fernandes, Octavio Ianni, Bento Prado Jr., Jose Arthur Giannotti.

In July 1977, the PUC-SP hosted the 29th meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), which had been banned by the government to take place in public universities. Months later, on 22 / 9, students did an act in front of Tuca to celebrate the completion of the 3rd National Meeting of Students, which was also banned by the military, students celebrated even the reorganization of the student movement and the National Union of Students ( UNE) who worked underground. Was the trigger: the military police troops, headed personally by the Secretary of Public Safety Erasmo Dias, invaded the campus Monte Alegre. The police dropped bombs on demonstrators and arrested teachers, students and staff. The invasion caused severe damage to the University.

In early 1980, a more daring attitude puquiana community and the Catholic Church in Sao Paulo, the then Dean, Professor Nadir Kfouri, was reappointed to the post by direct vote of students, faculty and staff. In fact, the PUC-SP became the first institution of higher education in Brazil to elect their president by direct election among members of the community - four years before moving to the Direct already, which aimed at choosing a new president by popular vote - and not via Congress, as happened during the military period.

That same year (1984), two fires hit the theater of the University: one day 22 / 9 (same date of the invasion, seven years later), another 13/12 days. The first, completed the technical expertise that was caused by a thermoelectric problem, the second, but was appointed by the experts as criminal.

From the year 1980, the University consolidated its academic and community development. The undergraduate and postgraduate courses have grown in number and students, the General Coordination Specialist, Improvement and Extension (COGEA), established in 1983, also broadened its activities, research (Masters, PhD and undergraduate research) followed the same path . To areas of proven excellence and tradition have joined other, innovative (post Gerontology; Degree in International Relations, Communication and Body Arts, Multimedia, and Digital Media Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Management, Economics with emphasis in international business - the the first graduation of the country in this area - Art: history, criticism and curation, and conservation and restoration. The University also began to invest in superior technology courses. Two new campuses, Santana (North of the capital) and Barueri were created in the mid- years 2000 to mark the expansion of PUC-SP to other parts of the city and the state of Sao Paulo.

In 2006, the PUC-SP initiated a process of modernizing its academic and administrative structure, with the aim of improving the quality of scientific production and services in society; the process, which marks the beginning of the fourth period in the history of the University culminated with the approval of new Statutes (2008) and the General Rules of the new institution (2009). It was also in the midst of the modernization that the Faculty of Theology has returned to join the PUC-SP, created in 1949 within the University, the unit had separated from the institution in the early '70s.

With these changes, the PUC-SP is prepared to face the current challenges and future of higher education in Brazil. And in a unique position: the first (2008) and second (2009) editions of ranking official of higher institutions of the Ministry of Education (MEC) pointed to the PUC-SP as the best private university in the entire state of Sao Paulo and the second best Brazil.

Educational Proposal
PUC-SP has been designed by the training offered to its 22,000 students, the competence of its faculty - comprised of 2,001 active teachers, most with a doctorate or master - and the active presence in the study and discussion of major issues social.
The accurate production of knowledge, commitment to society and quality education are the pillars of the University's educational proposal.

Besides having some of the best undergraduate and postgraduate Brazil, PUC-SP has been contributing to improving the quality of basic education in the country, through training of teachers in different areas of knowledge.

PUC-SP invests heavily in research and own resources for Continuing Education maintains programs for training, retraining, upgrading and updating of professionals from all areas. In 60 years, the University has pioneered programs in Adult Education and continues today reference centers in this area. Despite being a private institution, PUC-SP has been put permanently to serve the public good.

Faculty of Sciences and Technology
Computer Science
Biomedical Engineering
Production Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Physics (Emphasis in Medical Physics)
Mathematics - BA
Information Systems
Of Technology in Digital Games
Technology and Digital Media

Faculty of Social Sciences and Health
Speech Therapy

Faculty of Medical Sciences and Health
Life Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Sciences
International Relations
Social Services

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Economics, Business Administration, Accounting and Actuarial
Actuarial Science
Economic Sciences with emphasis in International Trade
Of Technology in Foreign Trade
Of Technology in Environmental Management
Of Technology in Marketing

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Philosophy, Communication, Arts and Letters
Art: History, Critic and Curator
Communication and Body Arts
Communication and Multimedia
Executive Secretary Trilingual - English / Portuguese / Spanish
Superior Technology for Conservation and Restoration

Faculty of Theology

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