University description (as per official university website)
The San Francisco University, which in 2006 celebrated 30 years, has been developing more and thus contributing to human development and training of their students, as well as their integration into the labor market.
In 1976, the so-called Colleges Franciscan, came to San Francisco University.
At the time, even if counted on three campuses, had an infrastructure unable to accommodate a quality educational work for the community.
As a result, an entrepreneurial group of Franciscan priests decide to move the university's history on what would be a transition of interests of two parties: the MEC, immensely interested in finding a definitive solution to the institutional crisis that plagued the campus of the Institute ; and purpose of the Franciscans in enhancing its institutional presence in the midst of education in Brazil and especially in the midst of university students, to share with her the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, the good news of the Gospel and the mission of educating for good and peace.
Franciscans to fit restore and consolidate the campus, guaranteeing continuity. Instead, they asked that, with dedication and perseverance, the work of restoration and consolidation of the complex could take him to the status of University - the University of St. Francis.
Following the inauguration of the Casa Franciscan Colleges Our Lady of Peace and firmation agreements, has begun the hard work.
More than retrofitting some buildings, expand classrooms and laboratories, it was necessary to restore the image of an institution that was significant in the crisis when the Franciscans embraced: a challenge made by monks, who relied on the commitment of faculty, staff and students.
Many other measures followed, such as the creation of the Board of Education (CAS) and the Board of Education and Research (CER), and gradually throughout the academic situation was being restructured. Yet only in 1981, about five years after the beginning of the process, can you say that this initial phase was completed.
The new guidelines and administrative policies have won the acceptance and approval of the entire academic community and also the main authorities involved in the area of education under state and federal. This all contributed significantly to demonstrate that the Franciscan Colleges had reached functional maturity and teaching necessary to claim recognition as a university.
During the period of 18 months, a committee of advisers appointed by the CFE examined and evaluated the didactic-pedagogical, administrative and financial aspects of Franciscan Colleges, of which the results depended on the future of the longed-San Francisco University. Beyond the period due, reports were presented, from which the San Francisco University was officially recognized by the Federal Council of Education through the CFE Opinion No. 629/85, adopted on 8 October 1985 and approved by the Ministry of Education by middle of the order of 25 October the same year. The news could not be better. After all, it was recognition for their hard and committed work of the monks and by a large and dedicated group of faculty, staff, students and employees.
The joy was so great that already on the same day on October 8th, a group formed by several representatives of the academic community took to the streets of Bragança Paulista a commemorative march.
Finally, on February 23, 1986, at 10am in the Campus of Bragança Paulista, came the solemn installation of San Francisco University in a single ceremony, joining a long list of distinguished guests representing the Franciscan Order, the Ministry and the Secretariat of Education, municipalities and various universities.
There is no doubt that even before the formalization of Franciscan Colleges and University of St. Francis, the friars already complied with honors that commitment by the MEC, the Franciscan Province and the entire university community. This work of persistence and dedication never need a title to be developed bravely, but from it, an entire community recognition signed by all the effort and secured a substantial incentive for initially proposed that the mission was fulfilled.
Under the inspiration of their patron St. Francis of Assisi, USF's mission is "to produce and disseminate knowledge, freeing humans from the dialogue between science and faith and promote brotherhood and solidarity, by doing good and the consequent construction of peace" .
Integrating educational group Franciscan who has worked for over 100 years in Brazil, its structure consists of four campuses, located in the city of Bragança Paulista, Campinas, São Paulo and Itatiba.
It offers 42 undergraduate courses in the areas of health sciences, exact sciences and technology, humanities and applied social as well as masters and doctoral degrees, specialized courses and extension.