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Universidade Gama Filho
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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A man ... a story!

Luiz Felippe Maigre Ferreira de Oliveira da Gama, son of Louis and Pauline da Gama Gama de Oliveira was born on March 14, 1906, in Rio de Janeiro. Married Altair Horacina Prado Ferreira da Gama, he majored in Political Science and Economics Faculty of Political Science and Economics from Rio de Janeiro. This was the beginning of the beautiful path of our Minister.

The walk Luiz Gama Filho demanded a lot of guts, skill and love. In his extensive resume found, among other things, various professions, such as a truck driver's helper, secretary of the engineer Lourival de Andrade in the Department of Roads and Highways, the seller liters of kerosene in the Company Caloric, manager and restaurant owner, high school principal, director of Montepio Municipal Employees (Current IPEG), city councilman, congressman, director of "Night Mail", Minister of the Court, President of that Court and Chancellor of Colleges Accounting Reunidas Society University Gama Filho. "I do not believe that impunity has won each of the stages, as it is today, looking back, I feel the marks that were the struggles that I braked and I realize that the sum of experiences, rather than books, life is only able to offer ".
(Words from the Minister - in memoriam).

Luiz Gama Filho worked 15 to 16 hours a day and still found time to continue the studies. This man had a dream: "to educate for tomorrow" and a challenge: to transform the old Mercy Gym, with only five rooms and 136 students at a university. "I dream of a better world than this. I would live long enough to be able to witness a time when the roads are easier and understanding among men more perfect. " (Remarks by Minister Luiz Gama Filho - in memoriam).

In 1943, the Gymnasium receives desks, tables, maps and miscellaneous materials. Many changes occur and the physical space undergoes a total overhaul. The Gym Piety becomes College.

In January 1951, born the Faculty of Legal Sciences of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Piety is the first suburbs to offer higher education to the community. The initiative takes account of the national media. The great success heralds the creation of new courses. In 1972, Gama Filho University expanded its campus. From this moment, the success and growth become the main features of the University.

Each year, Gama Filho constitutes a true benchmark of educational quality and tradition. Beyond the modernity, of course, already part of one of the most important institutions of higher education in Rio de Janeiro. The University currently has Campus Gonzaga da Gama Filho and Units Central Bar-Candelaria and Downtown. The College Gama Filho in Piedade, also part of the institution.

Currently, the University form, for years, thousands of professionals in its traditional undergraduate and professional specialization, master's and doctoral degrees. In addition, students can have practical experience in service work for local people and also the opportunity to participate in cultural activities and sports.

Sources of View: A Neighborhood Called Pity - Memory of a Suburb Carioca; Publisher Central da Gama Filho, 1991 and the three profiles of a Benefactor of the state of Guanabara.


Educate with excellence and produce knowledge, training professionals competent and committed to ethical values and the construction of a just and democratic society.


Being an institution recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for the development of competent professionals in tune with the needs of society, and the production of knowledge.

The history of Gama Filho University began in 1939 when the Minister Luiz Gama Filho created the Mercy Gym.

Today, the UGF is one of the most important institutions of higher education in Rio de Janeiro and has the Campus Gonzaga da Gama Filho, besides the Central Units Candelaria and Bar-Downtown. The College Gama Filho in Piedade, also part of the institution.

Forming every year about three thousand professionals in their undergraduate courses, expertise (Postgraduate Sensu Lato), PhD (Postgraduate Sensu stricto), Gama Filho main objective is to train students in various areas of higher education, offering theoretical information, and encouraging and developing their potential and critical observer through practice.

To provide a complete training, the University involves students in community service work and cultural and sports activities.
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