Federal University of Paraná
|Federal University of Paraná|
|Universidade Federal do Paraná|
|Motto||Scientia et Labor|
|Motto in English||Science and Work|
|Rector||Zaki Akel Sobrinho|
|Location||Curitiba, PR, Brazil|
|Former names||Universidade do Paraná|
Established on December 19, 1912 and originally named Universidade do Paraná (University of Paraná), it is one of the oldest Brazilian universities (the first to be conceived as such). In 1920, the federal government split the university into separate colleges, an arrangement which lasted until 1946. In 1951, it became a federal public university and began to offer higher level education free of charges.
Nowadays, its facilities are scattered over the capital Curitiba and other cities of the State of Paraná. It offers 124 undergraduate degree courses, 44 doctorate, 66 masters and 5 professional masters programs, apart from a number of lato sensu programs (mostly paid one-year specializations) - see Higher-ed degrees in Brazil. Since 2004, the University has been adopting in its vestibular a program in which twenty percent of the spots offered are destined to students coming from public schools and another twenty percent are reserved for Afro-Brazilians.
UFPR ranks among the 651-700 best universities in the world and 37th best in Latin-America, according to QS World University Rankings. It is placed as the 9th best in the country in the latest "Ranking Universitário Folha (RUF)", published by the nation's largest newspaper.
Since 2009 internal elections the University is run by Rector Zaki Akel Sobrinho, D.Sc. in Administration from Universidade de São Paulo, and Vice-Rector Rogerio Andrade Mulinari, D.Sc. in Medicine from Universidade Federal de São Paulo, and with a Post-Doc from Boston University.
In 1892, José Francisco da Rocha Pombo, an intellectual of the state of Paraná would have initiated the construction of the University, but his project was frustrated by the Federalist Movement.
Twenty years later, Paraná had a reduced number of intellectuals (nine doctors and four engineers), but it was in true development because of the production of the yerba mate.
Moreover, at this time, the Contestado War appeared as an incentive to the efforts of political leaderships concerning the creation of a university. In this context, Victor Ferreira do Amaral, deputy and director of public instruction of Paraná, started the effective creation of the University.
On December 19, 1912 the University was established and, in 1913, it has initiated its activities as a private institution in an old building situated on Comendador Araújo street. The first courses offered were Juridical and Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Surgery, Commerce, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Obstetrics. After the establishment of the University, Victor Ferreira do Amaral, who was also its first president, initiated the construction of a central building in a land donated by the municipal government.
Due to the economic recession caused by the World War I, difficulties started to appear. In 1920, a federal law determined the closing of all universities. In a contradictory measure, the federal government created the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, currently Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). The alternative to this law was to split the UFPR in several colleges.
Throughout several years, efforts in order to restore the university took place. Only in the beginning of the fifties the colleges were reunited once again in the University of Paraná, its federalization happening just after that, in 1951, when the university became a public and free-of-charge institution.
After its federalization, a process of expansion began with the construction of the Clinic's Hospital (Portuguese: Hospital de Clínicas da Universidade Federal do Paraná) in 1953, the Reitoria Campus in 1958 and the Polytechnic Center in 1961.
The construction placed in the Santos Andrade Square began to be built in 1913, being a project of the military engineer Baeta de Faria. Its inauguration occurred in 1915.
Seven years later, in 1923, two lateral parts were added, according to the original project. The building of the right sector was ended in 1925 and was designated to the Engineering graduation course. In the following year, the left sector had been finalized and it passed to serve the Dentistry course. Other additions were made to the right side of the building and it has received in its totality new paint in 1940. The building was extended towards XV de Novembro Street and, in 1952, new works in the right section led to the demolition of part of the lateral façade built in 1940.
In 1954, the building occupied a whole block between the Santos Andrade Square, XV de Novembro Street, Presidente Faria Street and Alfredo Bufren Lane. The last modifications were made: a new façade with several columns and a wide set of staircases were projected and the covered dome was eliminated. The inauguration of the neoclassical, 17,000 square meter building, took place in 1955.
In the year on 1999, the mayor of Curitiba signed a law that made this building the official symbol of the city.
Technical High School
Besides the above mentioned courses, it offers high school education through its Technical High School. 
Students are admitted by an entrance exam, known as the vestibular, which consists of two parts:
- Part I is composed of 80 multiple-choice questions including nine questions of each of the following subjects: Portuguese, Literature, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, History and Biology, plus eight questions of a foreign language which can be chosen from English, French, Spanish, German or Italian.
Over 40,000 people apply every year and sit for exactly the same exam. After two weeks time or so, 15,000 are called to take the Part II (or Phase II) written exams.
- Part II is composed of a Portuguese test which covers five (previously seven) compulsory writing essays. Certain courses require that the candidate take an additional one or two exams involving open-questions in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, History, Biology, Philosophy or Sociology, the specific exam choice being determined by correlation between the subject and each major course. Engineering candidates, for example, take Mathematics and Physics tests.
The wait for the results of Part II is much longer and the results may take something between 4 and 7 weeks. A list with all the admitted candidates comes out usually in the middle of January—on the same day as the Mud-bath Party sponsored by the Central Directory of Students (Portuguese: Diretório Central dos Estudantes, DCE) occurs.
- Bio-inspired Networking Research Laboratory – BioNet
- Centro de Documentação e Pesquisa de História dos Domínios Portugueses – CEDOPE
- Centro de Capacitação e Consultoria do Departamento de Ciência e Gestão da Informação do Setor de Ciências Sociais Applicadas – 3CGI
- Centro de Computação Científica e Software Livre – C3SL
- Centro de Estudos do Mar - CEM
- Centro de Microscopia Eletrônica – CME
- Centro de Pesquisa e Processamento de Alimentos – CEPPA
- Ciências Sociais Applicadas – CCCGI
- Centro de Estudos de Engenharia Civil Prof. inaldo Ayres Vieira – CESEC
- Grupo IMAGO de Pesquisa em Visão Computacional, Processamento de Imagens e Computação Gráfica
- Instituto de Tecnologia para o Desenvolvimento – LACTEC
- Laboratório de Análises Clínicas veterinárias
- Laboratório de Acústica e conforto Ambiental
- Laboratório de Eletroquímica de Superfícies e Corrosão – LESC
- Laboratório de Estudos em Monitoramento e Modelagem Ambiental – LEMMA
- Laboratório de Inventário Florestal
- Laboratório de Minerais e Rochas – LAMIR
- Laboratório de Nutrição Animal do Departamento de Zootecnia
- Laboratório de Paisagismo
- Laboratório de Pesquisas Hidrogeológicas – LPH
- Laboratório de Proteção Florestal
- Laboratório de Matriz Extracelular e Biotecnologia de Venenos
- Laboratório de Neurobiologia
- Laboratório de Citogenética Humana
- Laboratório de Metabolismo Celular
- Laboratório de Imunogenética e Histocompatibilidade
- Laboratório de Óptica de Raios-X e Instrumentação – LORXI
- Laboratório de Superfícies e Interfaces – LSI
- Laboratório de Genética de Microorganismos – LabGeM
- Laboratório de Bioquimíca e Biofísica de Macromoléculas
- Laboratório de Anestesia e Analgesia Veterinária - LABEST
- Núcleo de Redes sem Fio e Redes Avançadas - NR2
And many more
The university has over 400,000 books and theses as well as thousand of periodicals that, for now, can't be accessed through its intranet, but will be in the future.
Pontal do Paraná
- Campus Juvevê
- Campus Batel
- Campus Centro
- Campus Reitoria
- Campus Ciências Agrárias/Cabral
- Campus III/Centro Politécnico
- Campus III/Escola Técnica
- Campus III/Jardim Botânico
- Archives of Veterinary Science
- Acta Biologica Paranaense
- Boletim Paranaense de Geociências
- Educar em Revista
- Jornal de Ciências do Exercício e do Esporte
- Jornal do Hospital das Clínicas
- Revista de Ciências Humanas
- Revista de Sociologia e Política
- Revista do Departamento e Programa de Pós-Graduação
- Revista Eletrônica de Musicologia
- Revista Floresta
- Revista Interação
- Revista Letras
- Scientia Agraria
- Revista de Engenharia Térmica
- Official Homepage (Portuguese)
- Técnico em Informática
- Departamento de Ciência e Gestão da Informação
- Diretório Central dos Estudantes UFPR
- Departamento de Informática