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Universidade Federal do Paraná
Paraná, Brazil


University description (as per official university website)

The Federal University of Parana is Brazil's oldest university and a symbol of Curitiba. Surrounded by a history of many conquests, since 1912 the UFPR is a reference in higher education for the state and for Brazil.
Parana greatest symbol of culture, the University demonstrates its importance and excellence through undergraduate, specialization, master's and doctoral degrees in addition to their areas of research and extension.
The social responsibility of the university as a public institution, is also emphasized in his actions to the community of Parana.

In addition to campuses in Curitiba, the UFPR has other facilities in the Interior of the state, facilitating access to education and integrating culturally Paraná.

The history of the Federal University of Parana is marked by great accomplishments and is very much linked to the history of development of the state of Parana. It was the boldness and expertise of its founders, motivated by the company of Parana, UFPR who made the first university in Brazil.

His story begins in 1892, when the political Rocha Pombo Square Ombudsman Pardinho launched in the cornerstone of the University of Parana. But due to the Federalist Movement was not ordered.

It was only in 1912, when the Paraná felt he needed critical mass to defend him, because his intellectual group was small, which began again the pro University of Parana. At that time, the political leaders also mobilized for the establishment of the University, as the Paraná had lost the region of the Contested for Santa Catarina.

On December 19, 1912, Victor Ferreira do Amaral e Silva led the actual creation of the University of Parana. It was a time of booming state economy, due to abundant production and trade of good mate. "The Dec. 19 represented the political emancipation of the state and should also represent your intellectual emancipation" - Victor Ferreira do Amaral.

In 1913, the University began to work - at first, as a private institution. The first courses offered were Law and Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Surgery, Commerce, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Obstetrics. After founding the University of Parana, Victor Ferreira do Amaral - who was its first president - has made loans and began construction of the Main Building, Praça Santos Andrade, on land donated by the city.

In the decade following the First World War came and with it the economic recession and the first problems. These include a law requiring the closure of universities because the federal government did not receive well the initiatives arising independently in the states.

It was necessary to create ahternativas to prevent the closing of the University of Parana. The form found in time to circumvent the law and continue working, dismember the institution was in college. For over thirty years we tried again to restore the university, which happened in the early '50s, when the colleges were pooled and re-formed University of Parana. For this unification was the fundamental support of the press and the community.

Restored the University, the next battle aimed its federalization. At the time the dean Flavio Suplicy de Lacerda mobilized the leaders of the State and in 1950 the University of Paraná became a public and free.

After federalization, has been a phase of expansion of the University. The construction of the Clinical Hospital in 1953, the Complex in 1958 and Dean of the Polytechnic Center in 1961 confirms the consolidation of the institution.

After 95 years of history, marked by perseverance and endurance, the UFPR is both a symbol of Curitiba, the largest creation of a culture of Parana. An institution result of the audacity of its creators that prides itself on being the first in Brazil and at the same time is pride for all of Paraná.


The Federal University of Parana has demonstrated 95 years ago the importance of investing in quality education and dedicated to the needs of society which develops its activities. That is why his concern to effect their actions in teaching, research and extension combined with the social commitment, has made an example of UFPR in actions aimed at social inclusion, the attendance of academics, improvement of the servers, in addition to those in partnership with entities and companies seeking to benefit society in general.

The profile of the institution presented here is not intended to quantify it or submit it by numbers. Only depicted the reality of the University in terms of care in diverse areas of technical assistance to one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country What we want is to offer it through data to help in the composition of the scenario that is inserted.

Mission and Values


Promote, build and disseminate knowledge and contribute to the training of citizens and sustainable human development.


Public university, graduation, and socially committed.

Integration between the Teaching and Research

Freedom and autonomy in the construction of knowledge dissemination.

Respect for all instances of organized society.


Committed to building knowledge and training of competent professionals and committed socially.

Pluralistic environment, where public debate is the instrument of democratic coexistence.

Preservation and dissemination of Brazilian culture.

Public policy proposals.

University community's commitment to the institution.

Participatory management, dynamic and transparent committed to better working conditions and quality of life.

Efficiency, effectiveness and development effectiveness of institutional activities.

Equality in treatment accorded to the units of the institution.

Respect for institutional criteria used in the internal allocation of resources.

Culture of planning and continuous evaluation of university life.

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