CREDIT RECOGNITION AND ACADEMIC TOURISM
Whenever a student comes back from a mobility abroad, the topic of credit recognition revives. Many HEIs do not have a clear and simple mechanism to guarantee the recognition of the credits obtained by students abroad. In those cases, it is in the hands of one or more members of the academic staff do decide whether what was studied in the host HEI is equivalent to what would have been studied if the students had stayed. Well, studying abroad what they would have studied home is a waste of time; it would be better to stay home. If we institutionalize that, we are, in fact, stimulating “academic tourism”, for what we are saying is that going abroad for the cultural experience is ok, after all, nothing academically new is regarded as positive or good enough to be recognized. The rationale behind my argument is not obvious, but I insist that the HEIs that refuse to recognize credits based on lack of equivalence after having authorized the students travel abroad in the frame of institutional agreements are conveying the message that traveling is enough in itself, that it is travel for travel’s sake that matters. Even worse, what we are implicitly stating is that we do not care about what was learned by the students, only about what we teach. Are the students really in focus when we curb any enthusiasm that they might have for what is different? Are we giving them any ethically accepted example? Are we teaching them to find their own ways and learn by themselves? A change of perspective is necessary. But it is just as important to avoid recognition through homogeneity and to understand that credit recognition is only the tip of the iceberg of academic recognition.
EBW+ coordinator at UFRJ
VIRTUAL STUDENT MOBILITY
This could be a service innovation, combining two already existing elements in higher education – mobility and distance learning. The idea would be to establish the possibility for a virtual mobility meant to support students all around the world. This has been done before (http://www.ubicamp.eu/ & http://openstudies.eu/), but hasn’t yet reached the global Higher Education market.
Core idea: based on the desk research about the situation outside EU (country wise and in regards to education system), it is clear that certain regions are still fighting with injustice, inequality, unemployment, bad economics and other factors. Therefore proposed solution should be simple enough, not requiring capital investments into education system. So innovation would introduce a tool of distance learning but with a whole new purpose and design. The idea would be to adapt student mobility analogue of Erasmus in virtual shape. With learning agreement, recognition and examination, like for other exchange students. Third countries cannot play a huge role in Erasmus+ outside EU with limited budget and non-transparent selection for scholarship students. To be a part of the global higher education room, they need something else – proposition would be virtual mobility.
Justification of the idea: student mobility works, Erasmus is proof, thousands of students are in mobility within EU and outside, but to upscale the number, costs are too high. Social innovation would manifest itself using a classical model of student exchange via virtual mobility. Students can join classes held in Latvia, Finland, UK, Germany etc. listen, perform tasks, assignments and so on. Afterwards they would get their credit points recognized, this is the core element of the innovation.
Problems tackled: access of education in rural areas, participation in the global student society (via mobility), international education experience (foreign classes), joint tasks with foreign students, external assessment etc. - basically all the same benefits as physical mobility. Also, gender discrimination, etc. would be tackled.
EU perspective: virtual mobility can go both directions - EU students can be invited to join classes held in or outside EU. Innovative character: utilizing existing technology vs existing international experience schemes (Erasmus, Nordplus... etc.) in a new way, namely, outside EU. Saving travel costs, accommodation costs, etc. Allowing students to select from an extensive catalogue of courses.
If you want to participate in the Virtual Mobility movement, have thoughts, commentaries or ideas – please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of International Projects Unit
Riga Technical University
AMANDA REIS, SCHOLARSHIP HOLDER IN UPPSALA
My name is Amanda, I am 22 years old and I am an EBW+ scholarship holder at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. My university of origin is the Federal University of Lavras, where I study Language Sciences. The EBW+ program has given me the opportunity to study for 5 months at the University of Uppsala, where I am taking this opportunity to work on subjects related to Linguistics, Literature and Education. In addition, the cultural knowledge that the program provides is extremely important to our training. We were able to get to know our host university, as well as the University of Porto, which gave us all the support and information necessary for our mobility process to be successful. Thanks to all the support, I didn’t have any problem and I believe there will not be any in the future. Everything is going well, I’m learning and studying a lot. Living and studying in Uppsala is providing a very interesting point of view about education, allowing me to analyze the educational reality of my home country and educational systems in other countries. Therefore, I believe that this experience will provide me knowledge that will be properly applied in my country, both in the academic and professional spheres. The studies are not in vain and the program gives us this opportunity to develop as students. I can say that this experience will not only be in my curriculum and in my actions as a professional, but will always be a part of my personal growth.
Amanda Cristina dos S. Reis
UFLA – UU
“ONE OF MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS”,
BY EMANOEL COSTA
My name is Emanoel Costa, I'm an undergraduate student in agronomic engineering from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Garanhuns Academic Unit. From September 2015 to February 2016 I studied Ingegneria dell'informazione in La Sapienza - Università degli Studi di Roma, Computer Science and Statistics.
To be contemplated with an exchange scholarship in a university of great international prominence, in a country of amazing culture such as Italy, was undoubtedly one of my greatest academic and personal achievements. I believe that the experiences I lacked in my academic formation and in my constant personal growth, were acquired during this dream that was achieved during the 5 months I spent in Rome.
During my academic training, I had the opportunity to listen to great researchers reporting on their work, and enjoy modern research laboratories and upgraded libraries. I was also able to study technologies that have been created in Italy. During the Exchange period, the student support teams (from the University of Porto and La Sapienza) were very helpful to face adversities, and have made my mobility period a lot easier.
Regarding personal growth, I had the privilege of living in Rome, the cradle of so much culture and history. The friendships that I built and places I went, inside and outside of Italy. Passions that I discovered, especially for the cuisine and the sacred art.
I don’t have the words to describe how grateful I am for the program, but I have two great certainties. First, that it was a period of great learning as a human being; and I recommend all students to experience this enriching opportunity.
Emanoel Rodrigues Costa
UFRPE – UNIROMA
U.LIVING IN SWEDEN, BY MIRNA DINIZ
Uppsala, what to say about this city that I hardly know and already consider so much. Getting used to living here is not a difficult task, since you see more foreigners who are going through the same situation as you, than Swedes. At Uppsala University, the academic calendar is completely different, something I am still adapting to. The disciplines do not last for an entire semester and students usually have 4 subjects per period. This is the moment when you think you are in heaven and you will have free time to spare. That is where you are wrong, because you will actually do group projects, seminars and individual reports in your "free time". During the last 3 months in Uppsala I have met a lot of people from all over the world, witnessed the most beautiful autumn of my entire life and had the opportunity to get to know and adapt to an academic system different from mine. As I said in my application, I wanted a challenge and that's what I got.
PS: Winter Is Coming.
UFLA - UU
SCHOLARSHIP HOLDER IN PORTUGAL
My name is Rogério, I'm Brazilian, and I'm on mobility (EBW+) here in Portugal, at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD). I've been here for almost two months, and I'm very pleased with the exchange program. The people responsible for the program have fulfilled what they promised. And they have given me all the support and information I need. I was very well received at my host institution (UTAD). It is an experience that enriches the worldview of a person, with the understanding of new cultures, meeting new friends and the opportunity to make valuable contacts for a future professional career. Being in a different place, the challenges and difficulties you face also contribute to personal growth, as they require an optimistic attitude to reach your goals.
I thank God for providing me with this opportunity, my family for supporting me, the University of Porto, for the excellent work, UniEvangélica in Anápolis-Goiás for sending me and UTAD for welcoming me.
All the best!
UniEvangélica – UTAD
BRUNA BROGIN EXPLORES POSSIBILITIES AT UNIROMA
I've been in Rome for a month now, fulfilling part of my doctorate program. And I can already say it's a fantastic experience! My host University, UNIROMA, has been very friendly in every way. The Welcoming Week gave me the opportunity to meet exchange students from all over the world and make new friendships. The structure of the university and the willingness of the teachers to welcome students, whether in classes or under research supervision, made me very happy and made me feel free to explore all the opportunities that the university offers. The first weeks are full of new things and problems to solve in the new city, such as searching for housing and opening a bank account, but soon everything was solved and I was able to easily fall into a routine of studies and research. At times I missed my family, but the friends I've made help me set this aside and go for a walk and get to know what the city has to offer. The experience has been amazing and enriching, both on educational and personal levels. A unique opportunity that I recommend to everyone who would like to enrich their research and take them to a higher level of debate with the international community.
UFPR - UNIROMA
ADAPTING TO THE NEW, BY ARTUR QUEIROGA
Since arriving in Porto, I'e had unique and unforgettable experiences. I have learned a lot about the local and European culture, adapting to new customs and new cuisine, making new friendships, learning new languages and most of all enriching my academic life through the development of the University of Porto's mobility Program. Learning new techniques, meeting professionals with different teaching methods and innovative ideas, absorbing all of this to bring it with me in my future professional life. I'm thankful for all the support from the moment of my application, through the endorsement, my arrival, and, finally, my departure. It was all fundamental and will forever be a part of my life.
Artur Xavier Mesquita de Queiroga
UFCG - UP
BEFORE AND AFTER THE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
BY RAIMUNDO FILHO
The Erasmus Mundus program is to be congratulated, because throughout the mobility process, I had the necessary support to carry out all my activities. Furthermore, I would like to thank the program for the financial support and the opportunity provided to participate in this unique experience, both academically and culturally. I am sure that my life will be divided between before and after the Exchange program. Because this experience has been a dividing line. I take with me to my institution of origin a lot of knowledge that I learned at the University of Porto. It's not over for me, I really want to apply for post-doctorate in the future and live new experiences like the ones I've had. I am very proud to have been in Erasmus, or rather, to continue being. Once Erasmus, always Erasmus.
Raimundo Bernadino Filho
UFCG - UP
DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT
TO CONSOLIDATE THE ACADEMIC NETWORK
The mobility experience through the EBW+ project has exceeded my expectations. Usually when we think of an Exchange program, we imagine what it would be like to live in another country, learn a new language, learn a new culture, acquire knowledge, try a new cuisine, and more. However, through the EBW+ project, I can say that all of this is just the beginning. Facing new challenges, recognizing new opportunities, reaching new goals and expanding academic partnerships are other positive consequences of being a part of this program.
I am pursuing my postdoctoral degree at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), in Valencia, Spain. Currently I work with two areas of Software Engineering: Requirements Engineering and Experimental Software Engineering. At the UPV, I have the opportunity to work with researchers who are internationally recognized in their fields, and thus, participate in leading research projects. This is an incentive for those who appreciate new challenges.
Being part of a research group here at the UPV is helping to consolidate and increase my network of academic contacts. Currently, in my research group, I work directly with two teachers and their master/doctoral students. In addition, as we are conducting some experiments, I am constantly in contact with several Masters students. It is worth mentioning that the UPV draws in researchers from all over Europe, so it is always possible to expand the network of academic contacts. For example, in my experience, I’ve had contact with researchers from Portugal, Sweden and recently from Germany.
What I try to do here is to consolidate as much as possible all those contacts that I will have during the exchange. I believe that doing a good job is the first and most important step to increase and consolidate your network of academic contacts. So dedication and commitment are necessary. I guarantee that the EBW+ project will offer you all the rest. They provided all the support I needed before the exchange, and they continue to provide it now.
Knowing how to take advantage of this opportunity well, and having good results, surely new doors will open in the near future. So enjoy!
Raphael Pereira de Oliveira
IFS – UPV
A POST-DOCTORATE IN SPAIN
The European continent is an excellent option for exchange programs, due to the quality of academic institutions, geographical proximity between various countries and cultural wealth. The University of Porto, the coordinating entity of the EBW + project, surprised me in terms of organization, ethics and care with those involved in the mobility process. During the exchange period in Spain, with the help of my supervisor, I had the opportunity to interact with university professors, to participate in language courses, to meet authorities from organizations responsible for Lisbon's water resources, as well as to visit the reversible hydroelectric center of Europe. During this period, my network of contacts expanded rapidly. So that, at the end of the program, I discussed international cooperation projects involving researchers from Norway, Sweden, Germany and Turkey.
UNICAMP – UP
KNOW YOURSELF, ACCEPT YOURSELF,
The variety of possibilities! Getting to know the new! Venturing through the unknown! To have or to create courage! I didn't believe that after 14 years of teaching at the Federal University of Tocantins, almost 10 years of which were spent in an administrative position, in addition to undergraduate and master's degrees in Environmental Engineering, that I would have the courage to take part in a teaching mobility program abroad.
But anyway! How they say it in Portugal: Here I am! The first great surprise was with the University Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), a true and literary botanical garden rooted as the brain of a beautiful city that is Vila Real. Here I make a parentheses to talk about Vila Real: on the first weekend alone, I went out to walk through the city, under the beautiful view of the frozen hills, I walked through the main sites of the city, especially visiting the beautiful "Casa Mateus", which is a history class about the city; For its churches, museums and parks. Cozy and quiet city, which is one on weekdays (full of transiting students) and another on weekends (quiet and calm).
Back at UTAD, I was extremely well received by colleague Prof. Dr. Carlos Afonso Teixeira and the Office of International Relations and Mobility (GRIM) of UTAD. Here I would like to thank Prof. Carlos Afonso, tireless in supporting me. We prepared a schedule of activities for the 30 days I will be staying at UTAD, which we are trying to fulfill.
We carried out technical visits to solid waste control and treatment facilities in cities near Vila Real, such as Mirandela. And we are developing a scientific article comparing Brazilian and Portuguese experiences in integrated solid waste management, mainly applied to low population density cities, such as the state of Tocantins in Brazil and the Douro region in Portugal.
The most important out of all the teaching mobility process is that we initiate a close working relationship and partnerships between universities UFT and UTAD.
At that moment I still have another 15 days of mobility, we have already done a lot. But we still have a lot more to do! The family's longing (wife Valéria and the two children - Giulia and Augusto) is enormous. But as St. Augustine said: Know yourself, accept yourself, overcome yourself.
Thank you Erasmus Mundus!
Prof. Dr. Aurélio Picanço
Academic staff mobility
UFT – UTAD
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE MOBILITY
TO INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION
Brazilian universities have always had strong academic ties with Europe, but with only limited contacts with the Nordic countries. As of 2008, with the Erasmus Mundus programs, Brazilian and Swedish universities began to get involved in joint mobility projects, usually provided by more traditional partners in Brazil, such as Portugal, Germany, Spain and Italy. Between 2013-2015, with the Science without Borders program, the proximity has increased considerably. Representatives from Swedish institutions have visited Brazil and have organized road shows and seminars in an effort to get closer and meet Brazilian students and researchers.
The administrative mobility to which I participated, funded by EBW+, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) to the University of Uppsala (UU) in October 2016, is to be understood inside this project of mutual understanding of the professional, academic, cultural, and political realities of the two countries. During one month at UU, I have been able to talk to and observe the activities of all International Office (IO) teams, especially those that relate more directly to the teams we have at UFRGS: the teams for projects and mobility.
Regarding the IO work processes, I noticed that they are very similar in both institutions. Structurally, the organization of work at UU is very different from what is found in Brazilian institutions, with more equality among co-workers and more autonomy of work, which directly reflects on the daily activities of the IO. The contact with an experienced team in Capacity Building projects directly impacted my professional development, since I was able to get to know the bases of the program, with the intention of participating in its implementation at UFRGS.
As a direct institutional result of the mobility project, UFRGS 'IO was able to support a project between UU's Game Design courses and UFRGS Visual Arts, and participate in the elaboration of two Capacity Building projects, each one coordinated by one of the universities, having the other as a partner. Two meetings were also consequence of the mobility project: one between UFRGS’ Dean of International Relations and the person in charge of Capacity Building projects at UU, in Berlin in November 2016, and a visit by the Rector of UFRGS to UU in February 2017. In April 2017, a joint workshop will be organized between UFRGS, UU and other Brazilian institutions on cooperation between Brazil and Sweden at the largest international education event in Brazil, the FAUBAI conference. In other words, institutionally, directly or indirectly, the mobility helped to consolidate the experience of cooperation between the home and host institutions.
Admnistrative Staff Mobility
SECOND EBW+ STAFF TRAINING
The EBW+ partnership will organise in November the second staff training week targeted at International Officers of Brazilian Universities.
This training comes further to the success of the first EBW+ staff training, which took place in Lavras in June 2016 and in which more than 50 people, from 35 higher education institutions from 11 Brazilian States participated.
The participation in the second staff training is free of charge, but requires previous registration considering the limited number of available places.
Save the dates in your agenda: 20th to 25th November, Brasília.
|Starting of mobility flows of the selected applicants (4th Call)||April – May 2017|
|Deadline for starting of mobility flows of the selected applicants||29 July 2017|
|Second EBW+ Staff Training Days||November 2017|
|EBW+ Project Final Meeting||November 2017|
|Closure of the EBW+ Project||14 January 2018|
GET TO KNOW UP
With origins dating back to the XVIII century, the University of Porto is currently one of the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions of Europe.
Close to 32.000 students, 2.400 teachers and researchers along with 1.600 administrative staff attend its 15 schools and 60 scientific research units, spread across 3 university campuses located in the city of Porto.
With 14 faculties and a Business school, the University of Porto provides an exceptional variety of courses, covering the whole range of study areas and all levels of higher education.
The quality of its teaching staff (81% of which PhDs) ensures a high quality of training that makes the University of Porto the most sought-after University in Portugal and the chosen university for candidates with highest grades.
Around 3.700 international students, from 111 different countries, attend the University of Porto each year. Half of them arrive through international cooperation agreements and the other half are students that choose attending a full-time programme at the University of Porto
The University of Porto is the biggest producer of Science in Portugal, responsible for 23% of the Portuguese articles indexed each year in the ISI Web of Science.
In fact, the University of Porto has some of the most productive and internationally renowned Portuguese R&D centers. Over half of its research units were classified as “Excellent” or “Very Good” by the latest international evaluations.
The innovation produced at the University of Porto has also led to the development of several new technologies and businesses.
The University has 128 active patents and the University’s Science and Technology (UPTEC) serves as incubator for more than one hundred startup companies, responsible for creating more than 900 new jobs in the region.
These are some of the reasons for the University of Porto being the Portuguese institution with the best scores in all the major international rankings for higher education and scientific research, which ranked the University of Porto as one of the 350 best universities in the world.
GET TO KNOW PORTO
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and one of the major urban areas in the Iberian Peninsula. Porto is also the largest city of Northern Portugal.
The Historic Centre of Porto is one of the most attractive entertainment venues for visitors, providing a rich variety of monuments and ordinary dwelling, from different periods stretching back as far as the 14th century. The city of Porto and its river, Douro, cannot be dissociated. The Douro valley, with its lovely terraces of vineyards clinging to the hillsides, is the kingdom of the famous Port Wine and offers visitors spectacular views.
Porto is the center of a culturally and naturally rich region that gathers together history, arts and nature (sea and mountains); it is a perfect starting point for tourist excursions.
For all of this and much more, Porto was elected in 2013-2014 the European Best Destination.
Porto is a city where its history can be found in a small street or in a dialogue with its inhabitants.
In recent years, UNESCO recognized Porto historic center as a World Heritage Site. Among the architectural highlights of the city, the Oporto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small Romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the Gothic Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses. The baroque style is well represented in the city in the elaborate gift work interior decoration of the churches of St. Francis and St. Claire (Santa Clara), the churches of Mercy (Misericórdia) and of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos).
The neoclassicismo and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries also added interesting monuments to the landscape of the city, like the magnificent Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa), the Santo António Hospital, The Municipality, the buildings in the Avenida dos Aliados, the tile-adorned São Bento Train Station and the gardens of the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal).
Porto has several museums, concert halls, theaters, cinemas, art galleries, libraries and book shops. The best-known museums of Oporto are the Soares dos Reis National Museum (Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis) which is dedicated especially to the Portuguese artistic movements from the 16th to the 20th century, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Serralves Foundation ( Museu de Arte Contemporânea).
The city concert halls are of a rare beauty and elegance. The Coliseu do Porto, by the Portuguese architect Cassiano Branco, is an exquisite example of the Portuguese decorative arts and seen by many as one of the best and most elegant concert halls in Europe. Other notable venues include the Rivoli theatre, Batalha cinema and the more recent Casa da Música. The Guardian elaborated a list of world’s top bookshops, featuring Lello bookshop in third.
We are waiting for your visit!
GET TO KNOW MALTA
Malta is a Southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea, 80 km South of Sicily and 333 km North of Libya. The capital of Malta is Valetta.
The Maltese archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta covers just over 316 kmsq and has a population of 420.000 inhabitants, making it one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries.
There are two official languages: Maltese and English. Malta is member of the European Union and of the Schengen Area. Its official currency is Euro.
See images of Malta and of UM in the video below.
GET TO KNOW LAVRAS
The City of Lavras was founded around the year of 1720. Located in Southern Minas Gerais, Lavras has great potential for Adventure Sports tourism. The city has the support of Universidade Federal de Lavras - UFLA (Federal University of Lavras), Instituto Adventista de Ensino (Adventist Education Institution), Faculdade Presbiteriana Gammon - FAGAMMON (Gammon Presbyterian College) and Centro Universitário de Lavras - UNILAVRAS (University Center of Lavras) that, together, offer the best undergraduate and graduate courses.
The city is strategically located near the capital of Minas Gerais and historical centers. In the region, we find many natural attractions such as waterfalls, rivers, lakes, reservoir and mountains.
In the municipality we can find: the Rosário Church, with 280 years of age and baroque rococo stile, the natural history and Bi Moreira museums, the ecological park Quedas do Rio Bonito (Rio Bonito Falls), Dr. Augusto Silva Square, with handicraft fair, bars and restaurants that offer the best gastronomy of Minas Gerais.
BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE - of the year of 1920, it is one of the first locomotives that acted in Lavras and is now situated at the Dr. José Esteves Square, where it is a history mark of the railroad in Lavras, great tourist attraction for all, in addition to presenting the opportunity for taking many pictures.
Locomotive - Dr. José Esteves Square
INSTITUTO PRESBITERIANO GAMMON (GAMMON PRESBYTERIAN INSTITUTE) - Located at the Dr. Jorge Square, its activities in Lavras were initiated in February 1st of 1893, with a few students. The work at the Institute progressed, meeting the many areas of education, as well as other activities concerning agriculture by means of the Agricultural School of Lavras, known today as UFLA.
It presents beautiful buildings for visitation at the Chácara and Carlota Kemper Campi.
Lane Morton Auditorium
Administration Building (Campus Chácara)
UFLA CAMPUS - The University campus ocupies an area of 600 hectares (6,000,000 m2), with didactic-pedagogical departments, laboratories, specialized library, area for crop cultivation and animal raising, museums, publisher, radio and TV stations, accommodations, restaurants and cafeterias, multiple sports gymnasium, football (soccer) stadium, country club for students, banking and post-office agencies, hotel, printing shop, day care and medical, dental and psychological cooperatives.
LAVRAS SHOPPING - It has two theater rooms, food court, beauty salon and many clothes and decoration shops. Lavras Shopping also hosts cultural, artistic and technical-scientific events year round.
Lavras Shopping Garden
FUNIL LAKE - It is one of the main tourist attractions in the city, where the Funil Hydro-Electric Power Plant is located.
Funil Reservoir near the Power Plant
Funil Reservoir - Near Macaia
RAFTING - Boat ride down the Rio Capivari rapids.
SERRA DA BOCAINA - Walk to the highest point.
Serra da Bocaina - Partial view
ECOLOGICAL PARK QUEDAS DO RIO BONITO - is located at km 9 of BR 354, being one of the largest green areas in the municipality of Lavras, southern Minas Gerais. The park presents some of the most stunning landscapes of the region. It is a conservation unit of which objectives are:
- Environmental preservation;
- Scientific development;
- Environmental education and leasure.
Ecological Park - Walkway and Entrance
TIPUANA TREE - It is one of the oldest trees at Dr. Augusto Silva Square. It immense branches cover a large portion of the square, shading those who seek rest. The Tipuana belongs to the Fabacea family.
It is a rarity, demanding attention from all who walk by. It was planted in 1908, by the illustrious Dr. Bernardino Macieira.
Location: Dr. Augusto Silva Square, in front of the banks.
Tipuana Tree and Crafts Fair
IPÊS WATERFALL - Situated in the municipality of Lavras, at the access road to the Itirapuã Community, in the direction of Itumirim, the Ipês Waterfall is more commonly known as Cruzes Waterfall. It is one of the newest natural attractions of the area, presenting an exuberant waterfall and landscape. It is located at approximately 13 km from the center of Lavras.
CULTURE HOUSE - This location was used for many years as the Forum, City Council and City Hall, as well as Public Library, Culture Superintendence, Military Junta and others.
Currently it used as Artisan House, Culture Superintendence, Social Wellfare Secreteriat and Military Junta.
The building was acquired by the municipality in 1907, was restored in 1984 and transformed into the Culture House, in homage to the founder of the Bi Moreira Museum, journalist Silvio do Amaral Moreira, 1912-1994.
Location: Sant´Ana Street with Desembargador Alberto Luiz Street, 111.
FUNIL COMMUNITY - Located at approximately 14 km from the center of Lavras, it is a pleasant place to enjoy the landscape, go camping, diving, boat riding, on walks and experience the food from Minas Gerais in local bars.
Its access is through the Zona Norte Neighborhood, going through COHAB.
Funil Community and Leasure Area
MERCÊS CHURCH - This church is a great place to prey and participate of the many activities developed. It is located at the Dona Josefina Square. The church is a community belonging to the Sant´Ana Parish.
Mercês Church - Dona Josefina Square
ROSÁRIO CHURCH - The largest historic patrimony of Lavras, it is located at Dr. Augusto Silva Square. It houses a large variety of paintings and wood carvings. The construction is dated from 1754, with one of the Baroque stiles, Rococo Baroque. Considered historic patrimony by the IPHAN - Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico Artístico Nacional (Institute of National Artistic Historic Patrimony), in 09/02/1948, registered in the book of Fine Arts.
The church operates for Religious Cults and Sacral Museum.
MATRIZ SANT´ANA CHURCH - Built in 1904, the Matriz de Sant´Ana Church is the headquarters for the central Parish of Lavras. The chapel and alter are neogothic in wood with golden details, in addition to many plaster images and Corinthian chapitels on the Greek cross pillars and arch bracings. The ceiling, in barrel vault, in made of PVC and structured in wood.
Matriz de Sant´Ana Church
NOSSA SENHORA AUXILIADORA CHURCH - It is located at Custódio Moreira Street at the Zona Norte Neighborhood, near the Comendador José Esteves Square.
The church performs many festivities, among which is the celebration for the Patroness Day (Dia da Padroeira).
Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora Church
BI MOREIRA AND NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS - Considered one of the most eclectic of the region, it presents a rich acquis peaces distributed in rooms University Museum, Lavras, Medical Sciences, Wars and Revolutions, Home, Sound and Communication, Anthropology and Weaving.
Located at the UFLA historic campus.
Contact for visitation: (35) 3821-8878 / 3829-1205
Bi Moreira Museum and Museum of Natural History
DR. AUGUSTO SILVA SQUARE - Located at the heart of Lavras, near the Banks and Hotels, the Dr. Augusto Silva Square brings tranquility and gentle and hospitable people, guarding the history and culture of Lavras. The square has a large variety of tree species, highlighting the Centenarian Tipuana and Imperial Palm trees.
At the center of the square there is a fountain that enchants our tourists, in addition to the bandstand that receives many artists from Lavras and region.
On Sundays, there is a typical crafting fair, in which are offered the most varied products and services, such as local crafts and typical products of culinary from Minas Gerais.
Dr. Augusto Silva Square
OLARIA FISHING AREA - Old road from Lavras to Itumirim.
EXPOSITION PARK - Location in which agriculture and livestock as well as industrial expositions occur annually. Highway 265, Lavras - São João Del Rei.
GET TO KNOW UFRJ
The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ has three campi: Cidade Universitária, Praia Vermellha and Macaé, comprising institutes, schools, faculties and supplementary units, which include seven museums, among which we can highlight the National Museum, eight university hospitals, and the third largest ocean basin in the world for research on offshore oil exploration.
National and internationally recognized by the high quality of teaching as well as by its commitment to research, the UFRJ is the quintessential higher education institution of its region, leading in every international ranking, such as QS and Times Higher Education. UFRJ academic excellence spreads over a broad range of fields of study.
Moreover, COPPEAD, the UFRJ Graduate Business School, is the only business school in Latin America listed in the Financial Times global ranking among the world’s top 100.
The university has partnerships with several national and multinational enterprises, some of which have facilities on the very UFRJ campi. It is the case of Petrobras, whose biggest research center is located on Cidade Universitária campus. Following a global trend, the UFRJ establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with institutions from all continents, which now amounts to over 200 international institutions all over the world.
Infrastructure (libraries, internet, etc)
The UFRJ has 41 libraries, in which the students can access books, monographs, thesis and dissertations, rare and old books, among others. All bibliographic material of the university can be looked for on the Minerva Database, through the website http://www.minerva.ufrj.br/.
Most academic unities of the UFRJ are equipped with informatics laboratories, providing free access to the internet, besides having free Wi-Fi hotspots.
Some academic units of the UFRJ have an academic center, which is a student’s body that represents their interest inside the university. The academic centers promote debates, thematic weeks, freshmen receptions and organize political actions among the students, besides hosting cultural activities, such as book fairs and parties.
Long-standing prestige. The history of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) dates back to the begining of the XIXth century and is filled with remarkable scientific, cultural and artistic accomplishments.
Excellence. 3rd best university i Brazil and the 4th best in Latin America (QS Rankings)
Localization. Located inside the Wonderful City, the UFRJ promotes science, culture and arts under the gaze of the Christ Redeemer and next to the Sugar Loaf.
Democratic. The UFRJ is open to students coming from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and gives a huge contribution towards universalization of higher education in Brazil.
GET TO KNOW RIO DE JANEIRO
Rio de Janeiro, the Wonderful City, has much more to offer than the beauty of its natural features and the rhythm of Carnival, which represent Brazil all over the world.
Rio de Janeiro distinguishes itself in the Brazilian and Latin American scenario by its academic excellence. Some of the best universities in the country are located in the city and its surroundings.
Rio is also one of the most relevant research centers on energy in the world and hosts several companies and laboratories dedicated to Research & Development, which are mainly located at the UFRJ Science Park or on Cidade Universitária campus.
As the exchange student’s life is much more than studies, it is worth mention that the combination of geographic characteristics – the sea, the mountains, and the forest – with the human presence makes Rio de Janeiro a unique, incomparable city. Each spot of the city turns into an overlook, and with the “carioca” contagious joy, everything is reason to party.
Besides samba and the traditional Carnival, Rio exhales music of all genres and hosts several internationally renowned music festivals, art exhibitions, theatre and much more.
GET TO KNOW UNIEVANGÉLICA
UniEVANGÉLICA Centro Universitário de Anápolis is the largest and oldest educational institution maintained by Evangelical Education Association AEE, founded on March 31 - 1947, and houses the first three undergraduate courses in the countryside of the state of Goiás, which are Pedagogy, founded in 1961, Law, founded in 1969, and Dentistry, founded in 1971.
It is considered a reference in the regional setting, both for its educational quality and for its strategic geographic location, attracting many students not only from the Central West region, but from all regions of the country. Currently, there are twenty-five(25) undergraduate courses in operation: seventeen (17) courses that offer a bachelor’s degree, one(1) that offer a licentiate degree, and seven (7) that offer a technology degree, as well as sixty-one (61) graduate programs lato sensu and one (1) institutional Master’s Program.
UniEVANGÉLICA is considered one of the best universities in Goiás, and has outstanding infrastructure with excellent libraries, modern laboratories and highly qualified faculty. Characterized by history and tradition, UniEVANGÉLICA offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 14,000 students. It aims to prepare our students to develop leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for the innovating and competitive employment world.
GET TO KNOW ANÁPOLIS
Anápolis is located in the state of Goiás, in the Central-West region of Brazil. The estimated population is 350.000. The city’s altitude of 1,017 meters (3,336 ft.) and is located on a plateau, one of the highest in Brazil. The climate is mild without extremes and it is generally cooler than the surrounding cities. Anápolis lies in the center of a rich agricultural region and has become a leader in food processing and in pharmaceutical industry.
After Goiânia, the state’s capital, Anápolis is the most developed city in Goiás. It also has the fastest developing industrial sector with several high-tech companies in the Central Region of Brazil.
Anápolis stands out because of its educational infrastructures, with several public and private, primary and secondary schools, universities and colleges, and among them UniEVANGÉLICA stands out.
The Brasilian Air Force operates one of its most important bases here, protecting the country’s capital, Brasília, as well as being an important element of the SIVAM project, the Amazon vigilance system.
GET TO KNOW UFRR
The Federal University of Roraima – UFRR, which was implemented in 1989, has been the first Institution of Higher Education to be settled in the state of Roraima. It currently counts with three campuses: Paricarana, Cauamé and Murupu.
Throughout 27 years, UFRR has been producing and disseminating knowledge, working on continuous search for standards of excellence and relevance in teaching, research and extension, renewing its mission of contributing to the development of the State, suggesting solutions to the Amazon challenges, stimulating interaction between the people of the border area and raising the quality of life in the region.
Besides the Secondary School (CAp) and the Agro-technical School (EAgro), it has 50 undergraduate courses in several areas of knowledge. It offers 12 Masters Programs: Agronomy, Anthropology, Physics, Chemistry, Natural Resources, Languages, Geography, Regional Development of the Amazon, Health Sciences, Society and Borders, Professional Masters in Mathematics on National Network, and The Masters in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for Innovation. It also has four PhD Programs: Agronomy, Natural Resources and Biodiversity, Biotechnology of Legal Amazon and Education in Sciences and Mathematics.
It currently has nucleuses and research units, such as: Legal Practice and Human Rights, Amazon Center for Researches in International Relations (NAPRI), Natural Resources (NUREN); Biofactory; Socio-Environmental History (NUHSA); Comparative Studies for the Amazon and the Caribbean (NECAR); Semiotic Studies for the Amazon (NUPS); Foreign Languages Studies (NUCELE); Energy Researches (NUPENERG), Electoral Researches and Amazon Policies (NUPEPA), Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainable Development Studies (NEEDS), ObservaRR, Technological Innovation (NIT) and Distance Education (NEAD).
It also has the Insikiran Institute of Indigenous Qualification - Insikiran, responsible for one of the most innovative projects in the country: intercultural qualification for indigenous teachers. The Construir Accessibility Nucleus has been created in order to provide positive actions and discussions about inclusion.
UFRR offers scholarship programs in the areas of education (Monitoring, Academic Mobility and Tutoring Education - PET), research (PIBIC, PIBIC Jr., CIIP) and extension (Knowledge connections, internship, food, urban transport).
According to extension activities, UFRR has been contributing to the socialization of the knowledge produced in the communities, linking them to the national and regional reality and integrating them to the needs of society as a whole. UFRR programs and extension projects are present in all the municipalities of Roraima. Other important initiatives: the University Restaurant and the University Residence.
It is worth mentioning that the structure of our three libraries (Paricarana, Cauamé and Murupu), totaling more than 130,000 items, including books, periodicals, graduate works, among other materials.
Another highlight is the UFRR Publishing House and Bookstore, which was created on 29/11/2002 (Resolution Cuni No. 011 / 2002). It is linked to the Vice-President Office and aims to encourage and promote the publication and the scientific, technical, didactic and artistic production at UFRR and the region. In a few years of existence it has already published and sold more than 200 works by local authors.
Source: the Federal University of Roraima website.
GET TO KNOW RORAIMA
With only 28 years of creation, Roraima is the northernmost state of the Brazilian federation. Roraima Mount, the main tourist spot in the state, from which received its name, calls attention not only by its geographical location inside the triple border between Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela, but also the mystic, untouched and unexplored beauty.
Roraima is the least populous state in Brazil. It has 450,479 inhabitants. According to the 2010 census of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), it has, in proportional numbers, the largest indigenous population in the country, totaling 49,637 people. Roraima territory is about 46.37% demarcated on indigenous areas. It houses 34 indigenous communities such as Macuxi, Wapichana, Ingarikó, Patamona, Sapara, Taurepang, Wai-Wai, Yanomami and Yekuana, according to the Indigenous Council of Roraima (CIR).
Its economy is mainly based on the tertiary sector with a high rate of growth, although its gross domestic product (GDP) is the lowest in the country, representing 0.15% of the Brazilian economy. Roraima is located in the northern Amazon, where the Amazon Forest predominates. There is still a huge range of tilled.
Many natural beauties, rich fauna and diverse flora attract tourists to Roraima in order to observe birds and walk around Tepequém Mountain, Caracaranã Lake, Grande Mountain and the border with Venezuela and Guyana.
Its capital city is Boa Vista, the only one in Brazil located entirely in the northern hemisphere. The city is only 126 years old. It stands out by its radially organized urban plan, planned in the period between 1944 and 1946 by the civil engineer Darcy Aleixo Derenusson. Its map shape is similar to a fan, alluding to the streets of Paris, France.
The city is the largest in Roraima and has about two-thirds of the state's inhabitants. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the estimated population was 320,714 inhabitants in 2015.
The people are as welcoming and warm as the equatorial climate - hot and humid. The city is quiet, flat and has many public places for leisure, sports and tourism, which brings tranquility necessary for dedication to studies.
Good concepts of the courses offered by the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR) as well as the mobility programs and internationalization of the institution are an attractive for the arrival of students from several Brazilian states and countries from different continents. Currently, the institution has about 10,000 students.
Boa Vista has increased size on the banks of the Branco River, which has a large extension of beach during the summer, which allows the practice of sports such as kayaking, stand up paddle (SUP) and windsurfing. Cycling, running, hiking and other sports are also part of the daily life of city dwellers. Its location, a few hours from Venezuela and Guyana, enables the contact with different cultures and languages.
The main avenues of downtown converge to the Centro Cívico Square Joaquim Nabuco, where the headquarters of the executive, legislative and judicial is located, besides the cultural places (theaters and palaces), hotels, banks, post office and the cathedral. One of these avenues, the Captain Ene Garcez, focuses touristic places such as the Água Square, Millennium Portal, Sports Complex Ayrton Senna, it also provides access to the International Atlas Cantanhede Airport and the Federal University of Roraima. All of them are very close to each other and easily accessible.
GET TO KNOW UFRPE
The Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE) has 103 years of tradition in teaching, research and extension in the state and country. Its secular history is marked at the same time, by its capacity for innovation, seeking to contribute to overcoming environmental problems, and by its sustainable development projects and research involving the agricultural, human, and social sciences.
Inaugurated with the Veterinary Medicine and Agronomy programs, the new profile of the institution includes 59 undergraduate programs, including Business Administration, Economics, Physical Education, Gastronomy, Information Systems, Computer Science and several Engineering programs, on the campus of Recife and the academic units Garanhuns (UAG), Serra Talhada (UAST) and Cabo de Santo Agostinho (UACSA), and distance education. In graduate level, UFRPE stands out in the production of research with 48 master's and doctorate programs.
Since the establishment of the Higher School of Agriculture in 1912, UFRPE has achieved good results due to investments in educational actions, research and outreach projects. The university has more than 1.200 professors, more than 1.000 administrative staff and about 17.000 students. UFRPE has also advanced research stations located in the coastline, in the Zona da Mata, in the Agreste and in the Sertão of Pernambuco. They are: Ecological Tapacurá station in São Lourenço da Mata; Experimental cane sugar season (EECAC) and Experimental Small Animal Station (EEPAC) in Carpina; Cattle clinic Garanhuns (CBG); Irrigated Agriculture Station (EAII) in Ibimirim; and Irrigated Agriculture Station (EAIP) in Parnamirim.
More than 4.000 seats are available annually. The selection is done through the National Secondary Education Examination (Enem), with the Unified Selection System (Sisu). The integration between the student body and the faculty - almost all composed of masters and doctors by prestigious universities - and the intense research activity make the University a center of national excellence in the areas where it operates.
Regarding infrastructure, UFRPE offers the academic community the Central Library (BC), with a collection of over 70.000 volumes, including books and pamphlets, journal titles, films and documentaries. BC is also equipped with digital publications for consultation and other institutional information; computers that allow the operation of equipment through sounds; printer in Braille, and other devices for students with visual limitations.
The structure of the campus Dois Irmãos also features: sports center with semi-olympic pool, indoor court, soccer field and running track; student residence; health services, dental, psychological, laboratorial and clinical analysis, social work and nursing, Veterinary Hospital, which answer 1.200 calls per month, among appointments, tests and surgeries in small and medium-sized animals.
The UFRPE, through the International Cooperation Advisory, establishes relations and inter-institutional cooperation agreements with universities and educational centers in several countries. With projects targeting the exchange of students and professors of different nationalities, UFRPE signs agreements, promotes exchanges and guides the university community about opportunities for partnerships, courses and international events. It also facilitates and encourages the attraction of researchers from other countries for mutual enrichment.
GET TO KNOW PERNAMBUCO
Pernambuco is one of the 27 Brazilian states, known by the diverse landscape, from beautiful beaches to the hinterland scenarios, and also by its rich culture and folklore. With 98.311 square kilometers, it is located in the east center of the Northeast. Its coast is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, and it borders Paraíba, Ceará, Alagoas, Bahia, and Piauí. The archipelago Fernando de Noronha is also part of the ‘pernambucano’ territory, 545 km from the coast. There are 185 municipalities - a total of 8.796.032 inhabitants - and the city of Recife is its capital
Pernambuco is, above all, a state marked by cultural diversity. It has a population that breathes and values its culture, from generation to generation. Not coincidentally, the state is known in the country as one that has the most lively cultural scene, built from the contribution of Indians, Portuguese, Dutch, Jews, Africans, and others. Land of poets, artists and musicians recognized worldwide, not to mention its popular movements and festivities such as Carnival and São João celebrations.
Carnival, for example, is the biggest party. Not only for Pernambuco people, but for all who visit the state at the time of this democratic party – wherever it takes place: at the capital, on the beaches, on the countryside. It has maracatu, the caboclinho, the coco de roda, the ciranda, and the greatest of all representatives - frevo! The pace, by the way, is unique and has its origins in the state itself. At the party, beyond the hills of Olinda, the fervor of Recife Antigo also has the Galo da Madrugada, the world's biggest street block, according to the Guinness Book.
In the countryside, in the Sertão or Agreste, there are other cultural movements. The caretas do Triunfo (600 km from Recife); the Papangus de Bezerros (90km from the capital) promote a big Carnival party in the city's streets.
One of the main economic vocations of the state is the tourism. It generates jobs and income in all regions. There are beautiful beaches, from North to South, monuments, cities, heat and cold. Pernambuco is a rich state that includes everyone and welcomes its visitors with open arms.
GET TO KNOW UFCG
As the result of a separation from the Federal University of Paraiba, in 2002, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG) is today a multi-campuses structured university established in seven cities of the state Paraiba with 1.481 faculty and 1.420 staff members.
UFCG seats in Campina Grande. UFCG provides 94 undergraduate programs to 19.000 undergraduate students in: Engineering/Exact and Earth Sciences (31 programs); Humanities and Social Sciences (42 programs); Biological and Health Sciences (14 programs); and Agrarian Sciences (7 programs).
40 Graduate Programs (5 professional masters, 23 Masters, 12 PhD) are frequented by 1.742 students (1.078 at Master level and 664 at PhD level). The courses, nationally recognized, are offered in almost all areas:
About 90% of our faculty members are either MSC or PhD (416 MSc and 905 PhD). The areas of Technology (Engineering) and Basic Sciences have the higher percentage.
UFCG has 251 research groups, most of them actively involved in national and international research networks: Agrarian Sciences (31); Biological Sciences (13); Health Sciences (22); Exact Sciences and Earth (25); Humanities (70); Social Sciences (30); Engineering (52); Literature, Letters and Arts (08). These groups are strong players in national and regional research teams and projects particularly on those related to industries, technologies (information, mechanical, materials, chemical, automation, telecommunications, material sciences, computer science and systems, etc.), energy, nanotechnology, desalinization (laboratory reference), biotechnology and to the semiarid region (sociology, sustainable development, animals and plants).
GET TO KNOW CAMPINA GRANDE
In the North-East of Brazil, one can find the state of Paraiba with 56.470 km² and 3.999.415 inhabitants. Paraiba has two Federal universities – UFPB, since 1955, and UFCG the newer one, created in 2002, plus one State University (UEPB). All of them offer undergraduate and graduate courses. A number of Federal Institutes have been recently created to provide technical courses.
Campina Grande, located at 600 meters high and 110 km from the Atlantic Ocean (East Coast), is the second largest city of the state of Paraiba with 407.754 inhabitants and is the second largest PhD density per inhabitant in Brazil (1/669).
Campina Grande enjoys the reputation of being a technological center and is considered by many as “a high-tech oasis in the North-eastern hinterland”. The American Magazine Newsweek, in its issue of April 30th 2001 says that the city lodges “one of the most promising technological centers in the world”, and compares it to an oasis: “In the dry badlands of North-eastern Brazil lies an oasis of rain and opportunity”.
Campina Grande: a regional and national center of north-eastern culture, tradition, and crafting, also embracing contemporary artistic manifestations in museums, exhibitions and festivals.
Saint John's Party in June, regarded as the biggest typical festival all over the world:
GET TO KNOW SGROUP
We would like to present to our EBW+ partners an associate institution in our project - the SGroup European Universities’ Network, a non-for profit association comprising over 30 universities from 15 European countries. The SGroup’s members represent HEIs of strong international reputation in Europe and worldwide, for instance 13 SGroup members are ranked among world’s best in the Shanghai Ranking 2016. The comradery and trust among its SGroup members brought together also five of the SGroup members to form the EBW+ consortium: University of Porto, University of Malta, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Rouen, and the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
The SGroup Network, known also as the Santander Group, has almost 30 years of experience in international relations in higher education both within Europe and beyond. The association created at the launch of the Erasmus Programme had its original objective to strengthen the links between European universities and to build a solid structure for academic mobility in Europe. Over time, SGroup’s activities went global reaching out to Africa, USA, and Latin America for instance by becoming a co-ordinating institution of the flagship EU-LA initiative in academic mobility, the AlBan Programme (2002-2010). The Network continues expanding its global engagement by setting up a Think Tank for China that gives its members access to expertise and contacts in yet another strategic region of co-operation.
Thanks to an active participation in EU-funded Programmes and the commitment of its members, the SGroup has become a dynamic platform for modern, internationally orientated universities with the aim of expanding collaboration opportunities in education through the transfer of knowledge and development of strategic alliances.
The SGroup mission is based on four core areas of co-operation:
Specific activities linked to the priority areas are featured in the chart below:
Its mission the SGroup Network implements through the participation in the EU-funded projects, capacity building of its members, and the promotion of academic mobility. Most recently the SGroup Network set up an Inter-Continental Academic Exchange Programme allowing for study visits between European and partner institutions outside Europe to investigate collaboration opportunities. Since 2015 the SGroup Network created a status of associate membership in the SGroup Network available to non-European universities that thanks to this affiliation can benefit from privileged partnerships for projects, access to expertise, and enhanced visibility.
As an associate partner in the EBW+ consortium the SGroup Network ensures the visibility of the project in Europe, channels the project results, promotes further collaboration between LA-EU, and more importantly contributes to the sustainability strategy of the consortium. Partner universities can stay involved in the SGroup Network’s activities formally or informally by joining the Icon Programme, participating in the SGroup’s events and training sessions, and proposing spin-off projects. We would like to encourage EBW+ partners to explore further the existing collaboration options with view of the sustainable measures for our project.
More information about the SGroup Network you can find here: http://www.sgroup.be/
GET TO KNOW URCA
Universidade Regional do Cariri- URCA is a state public university located in the city of Crato, having other campuses in the cities of Juazeiro do Norte, Iguatu, Campos Sales, Santana do Cariri and Missão Velha, being one of the most active institutions for the development of Cariri region since its creation in 1986.
Cariri region or Metropolitan Region of Cariri (RMC) is located in the southern region of Ceara state and in the border region of the states of Pernambuco, Paraíba and Piauí. It is a region that stands out for tourism, its rich history, its archaeological site, commerce and industry, possessing the third largest industrial footwear pole in Brazil.
URCA serves a community of approximately 11,000 students from about 91 municipalities in the states of Ceará, Piauí, Pernambuco and Paraíba, distributed among undergraduate courses, special programs and lato sensu graduate programs.
It is the largest public institution of higher education of Cariri linked to the Higher Education System of the State and to the Secretariat of Science and Technology. During its 30 years, it has formed more than 23 thousand professionals and has a faculty formed by 736 teachers, of which more than 70 % are masters, doctors (Ph.Ds) and post-doctors.
It has nine campuses, three in the municipality of Crato (Pimenta, São Miguel and São Francisco), two in the municipality of Juazeiro do Norte (Crajubar and Pirajá), one in Campos Sales, one in Missão Velha, one in Iguatu and one in Santana do Cariri, where the Museum of Paleontology is located, possessing one of the most important fossile reserves of the Cretaceous Period.
The lato sensu postgraduate course offers a broad portfolio of courses that value professional development and the exchange of experiences among students, while the strictu sensu postgraduate program carries out scientific researches that generate positive results for society as a whole.
In addition, through extension, URCA carries out activities that complement the academic curriculum and promote the professional training of the external community, serving more than 203, 700 people. Among the initiatives that bring the University closer to society are the National Plan for the Training of Basic Education Teachers (PARFOR), inclusion and accessibility projects for people with special needs and the Geopark Araripe project, the largest geopark in Latin America.
URCA’s importance for the Cariri region can be measured by its strategic role in local development, accomplished through the fulfillment of its mission as a producer of knowledge, science, technology and a sensitive participant in social demands and regional culture.
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GET TO KNOW UFMA
Dynamic, innovative, inclusive, a university that grows committed to the transformation of social reality. The Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA) reaches the age of 50 as the largest knowledge production center in the State. Forming generations of professionals, developing research and encouraging qualification. A university that values its past and invests in the collective construction of a society capable of changing its own destiny. And it is making strides for the development of Maranhão and Brazil.
Founded on October 21, 1966, UFMA originates from the former Faculty of Philosophy, founded in 1953 by the Maranhense Academy of Letters, the Paulo Ramos Foundation and the Archdiocese of São Luís. In addition to the Faculty of Philosophy, the University of Maranhão merged the “São Francisco de Assis" School of Nursing in 1948, the School of Social Service in 1953 and Faculty of Medical Sciences in 1958. The history of UFMA, its relics and its heritage and architectural treasures are on permanent display at the Cristo Rei Memorial, Located in Praça Gonçalves Dias, in the historical center of São Luís.
Over the course of five decades, significant numbers confirm the progress made in all sectors of the university. Today, UFMA has a main campus in São Luís and eight other units installed in the cities of Bacabal, Balsas, Chapadinha, Codó, Grajaú, Imperatriz, Pinheiro and São Bernardo. And more than 50 thousand people, including professors, service providers and undergraduate and graduate students make up the university community.
The University shapes qualified professionals for several areas of knowledge through undergraduate courses in various modalities. Among the institution's professors, more than 90% are masters and doctors. And the team of Administrative Technicians is made up of more than 1,600 professionals. The Federal University of Maranhão counts on more than 35 thousand students in the undergraduate courses, distance learning, special programs and basic training offered by the School of the University, an application school that also offers professional technical courses.
Through extension activities, UFMA reaches the community and develops programs, projects, courses, services and sports and cultural events. The Guarnicê Festival of Cinema and the Maranhense Festival of Choirs, both important occasions in the cultural calendar of the State, are great examples of the permanent practice of interaction between university and society, which value culture and artistic production.
The concern with accessibility and inclusion makes UFMA an institution that is increasingly focused on the care of people with disabilities. The university provides access to academic content with the guidance and assistance of staff in Braille and sign language and the use of machinery appropriate to these students and staff.
The Central Library, with a collection of more than 300 thousand creations was expanded, and the digital library, institutional repositories and free access to the best electronic journals, were implemented. At the same time, the new spaces of the sector libraries, built in academic centers and on the other campuses, guarantee more comfort and agility in assistance.
In 2016, UFMA has a lot to celebrate, with the fully restored and equipped rendition of the Santa Amélia Factory, an important industrial complex of the 19th Century, adapted to host the Tourism and Hospitality courses, which will contribute to the humanization process of the Historic Center of St. Louis.
The University Restaurant Dom Delgado guarantees quality service to students and staff of the institution, at lunch and dinner. Today more than four thousand meals are offered each day. In this administration, the university restaurants of Pinheiro and Imperatriz were completed as well.
In student assistance, the initiatives reinforce the university's social concern, offering about 2,400 grants in the modalities: school stay, food, housing, dental, transportation, academic focus, urgency and events.
In the year of its fiftieth anniversary, the Federal University of Maranhão has much to celebrate. The institution is among the 20 universities in the Americas that have had the most advances in research activities of high impact in Natural Sciences in the period from 2012 to 2015, according to the Nature Index 2016 ranking, reaching the status of Rising Star. This growth is highly connected to the publications in the area of Physics, which has received great prominence in this ranking. Advances in high-quality scientific production express the leap in research, graduate courses and innovation. There are about 257 research groups that develop studies in all areas of knowledge. UFMA is also notable for the large number of researchers at the CNPq and FAPEMA, with many high-level award winning scientific papers.
In the postgraduate courses, the university provides 29 specializations, 38 master's degrees and 9 doctorates well evaluated by CAPES. 34 registered patents, including one international, guarantee the protection of the intellectual property of researchers at the institution.
A landmark of the bold plan to encourage technological innovation.
The University Hospital of UFMA has the largest structure of human resources for the health networks of the state and two countries. A compound that holds integrated activities of assistance and teaching with medical residences, research and university extension programs. It is the state's premiere hospital in procedures of high complexity. The HUUFMA has three units: President Dutra and Maternal Child, which treat medium and high complexity status and a unit in the Dom Delgado University City for immediate services to the academic community.
The Sousândrade Foundation broadcaster supports the development of UFMA, the University Radio has expanded its range with a powerful transmitter of 10,000 watts, which guarantees more quality in the transmission. The first public TV channel in Maranhão, UFMA TV, operates on digital channel 54.1 and 16 on TVN. Besides being a laboratory for communication students, it contributes to the social, educational, scientific, cultural, artistic and economic development of the region and is an important channel for disseminating the academic universe. It produces its own programming and retransmits content of educative character from TV Culture.
Attuned to the modern tools of the teaching-learning process, UFMA undertakes projects in the area of distance learning, achieving breakthroughs and investing in technology for professional training. The Distance Education Center offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, very well evaluated by MEC, and fulfills the dream of thousands of people.
UFMA is also part of the Open University of Brazil network, in partnership with SUS. Through UNASUS, training professionals and sharing knowledge with staff members from the Unified Health System of Maranhão and Brazil.
In the year of its fiftieth anniversary, UFMA celebrates with the university community the achievements that make the institution a reference of higher education in the region. A university committed to the democratization of knowledge, with the training of qualified professionals and the development of Maranhão, increasingly strong and ready to reinforce advances and overcome challenges.
UFMA 50 years, 1966-2016.
GET TO KNOW SÃO LUÍS
Welcome to São Luís! An island surrounded by culture and happy people on all sides! Land of poets, colonial tiles, sun all year long and festivities from January to January.
Prepare your memories for an unforgettable ride, our journey begins now!
Imagine a place whose history has become a patrimony of humanity. A place where culture is a living treasure. A mixture of races, creeds, rhythms, colors and flavors. Discovering São Luís is an adventure full of sensations. From the nostalgia that comes from the belvederes, the imposing mansions, the joy of the popular demonstrations, the city grew preserving its historical identity and encouraging its tourist potential.
The 3,500 colonial mansions of the Historic Center were listed as a patrimony of humanity. Constructions with stones and tiles brought from Portugal and other European countries. The Catholic faith brought by Europeans has built centuries-old churches that are true historical landmarks. They are mansions, squares and streets that fabricate an area of 250 hectares and constitute the largest collection of colonial architecture in Latin America.
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Whether overlooking the sea or the historic center, the hotel chains have a structure to cater for various customer profiles.
São Luís has no predominant color. On the beaches, during the day, the sun sets the tone.
Every June, Bumba Boi is the festivity most appreciated by tourists and has already become a national heritage, a mark of Maranhão.
The drum of Creole is a pride of Maranhão and a symbol of Brazil, so much so, that it was elected immaterial national patrimony.
At the table, enjoy the sensational colorful gastronomy blessed by the sea.
If you want to see all this up close, you are invited! Here is our culture and our history! Welcome to São Luís do Maranhão! The capital of culture and hospitality!
São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil - World Heritage.