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PUC Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais, Brazil


University description (as per official university website)

A university in tune with the future

On the map of Minas Gerais, PUC is present in key regions of the state, through a structure several campus consists of over a hundred buildings, which house laboratories, libraries, museums, TV channel, theater workshop, teaching the distance, multimedia classrooms, theaters, auditoriums, hospitals, veterinary clinics, physiotherapy, dentistry and psychology, and other devices equipped with modern technology and teaching methods.

The academic community PUC Minas gathers 56,751 students (47,281 undergraduate, 8,182 of specialization, 1097 in master's and doctorate at 191), 2,312 teachers and 1,682 employees, spread across its campuses /units. There are 56 undergraduate programs, 17 master's programs and six doctoral theses, and 287 courses (between the improvement and extension of the Prep, IEC and distance learning).

PUC Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte is present (Barreiro, Eucharistic Heart, Liberty Square, San Gabriel), Betim, Contagem, Pocos de Caldas (South), Arcos (Midwest), Serro (Alto Jequitinhonha) and Guanhães.

Mission and values


The University's mission is to promote human and social development of students, faculty, staff and community, contributing to the formation of ethical and competent professional, humane and scientifically, through the production and dissemination of knowledge, art and culture, integration between the university and society, interdisciplinary and joint teaching, research and extension.


PUC Minas Gerais, and humanism as the basic vector, based academic projects of the courses and other activities on the principles and values that give it unique brand and orientate their teaching, research and extension. The knowledge generated internally must serve the dignity of men and the University has a duty to contribute to the understanding of societal problems, with special attention to their ethical dimensions. Thus, the pursuit of the ideals and principles that value:

• equity - the value of human beings and guarantee equal rights for them;
• Freedom - development, expression of thought and knowledge production;
• autonomy - the ability to formulate laws on freedom and be ruled by them;
• diversity - an expression of equality and difference between men, as equal human and because different individuals;
• solidarity - adherence to the cause of another, based on mutual respect and dialogue between individuals in society;
• Justice - driven by equal rights and respect for differences. Justice implies a duty to act when one is aware of the injustice

A little history

The year was 1922. While Paulicéia Desvairada, Mario de Andrade, shook the literature and the arts, making the Week of Modern Art the most significant cultural event of the first half-century in Brazil, the Vatican Pope Benedict XV appointed the Bishop of Natal, Don Antonio dos Santos Cabral, for the Diocese of Belo Horizonte.

Dom Cabral had a dream: Minas Gerais, home of cutting-edge initiatives, could not remain without a Catholic institution of higher education. For some, dreams are unfulfilled desires. For others, impossible goals. And there are those that can unite the desire and inspiration, difficulties such as fuel and objectives as the results. Dom Cabral was among them. With the legacy of his father, purchased the land in the district where the Eucharistic Heart slowly been settling in the structure of the current PUC Minas.

Before him, other men have dreamed of education as a path to citizenship and to freedom. Rousseau, Philosophy. Rogers, psychology. Froebel, the design of kindergartens. Pestallozzi and Montessori, physicians who have embraced education as a life theme. Cousinet and Ferriere, unveiling new ways to see the educational process and school. Piaget, turning to the genesis of the development of reasoning. Vygotsky, to develop the cultural-historical theory of knowledge building. Paulo Freire, with its popular education, focused on education and training of consciousness, called the founder of critical pedagogy. All of them, certain filmmakers and dreamers, have chosen the road of expansion of the educational process beyond the elites that hold power as a way of knowing.

Dom Cabral's dream began to take place 26 years after his arrival in Belo Horizonte. In June 1948, was born the Mining Society of Culture, which sponsors the Catholic University of the future, with the signing of the Statute on Mining Hall of the Conservatory of Music. The initiative was preceded by a broad rebound in the press and social media. Enthusiasts of the idea came to create a competition to find the design of the Diploma of Benefactor, which would grace the employees of the new University. The first schools to be merged into the Society were the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters and Santa Maria in 1949, the Mining School of Law. In April 1951, created the Institute of Applied Psychology.

Born University

It was summer in Belo Horizonte. The groves of lady-of-night flooded the surroundings of the Savassi, Avenida Antônio Carlos showed off its new asphalt and the cornerstone was launched in Usiminas Ipatinga, widening the path of economic development mining. On December 12, 1958, the Official Gazette featured the presidential decree, signed by Juscelino Kubitschek and the Minister of Education and Culture, Clovis Salgado, was recognized at the Catholic University of Minas Gerais. Its constitution was approved unanimously in July the same year, together with the design of their status. Dom Cabral, a small group of teachers discussed the need for the youngest capital, populated by civil servants and stirred for extensive discussions of political, cultural and religious setting up a space for this debate, giving youth coming out of colleges, almost all religious, an option the University committed to the mental and physical health of people, with the rescue of the poor and for justice and fundamental rights of citizens. In Rome, Pope John XXIII was chosen to replace Pius XII.

In the same year, the Brazilian National Team has won the World Cup champion, Sweden, and introduced the world to the player Pele Meanwhile, the first dean of UCMG assumed the role: Father Lourenço José da Costa Aguiar. He remained until 1960 and his work was instrumental in transforming the old "Little Schools of the bishop" as they were affectionately called by the population in Catholic charities. Educator scholar, he was the biographer of Mother Pauline Amabile Visintainer or the Agonizing Heart of Jesus. His book, along with the efforts undertaken for the canonization of Mother Pauline, was meant to recognize her as the first saint of Brazil, what happened in 2002, by Pope John Paul II. In 1959, the chords of the song "Chega de Saudade, sung by Joao Gilberto, sang the bossa nova: the Bossa Nova. At that time the magazine appeared Alma Mater, with the aim of disseminating the scientific work of the teachers at Catholic University.

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