Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo

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Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
PUC-SP Logo.png
Coat of arms of the university
Motto Sapientia et Augebitur Scientia
Motto in English Wisdom and Science will be increased
Established August 13, 1946[1]
Type Private, non-profit, pontifical since 1947
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Chancellor Odilo Pedro Scherer
Rector Anna Cintra
Vice rector Antonio Vico Mañas
Academic staff 1,517[2]
Students 19,971[2]
Undergraduates 15,766[2]
Postgraduates 4,205[2]
Other students 14,442 students of extension and specialization[2]
Location São Paulo (headquarters), Sorocaba and Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil
23°32′16.40″S 46°40′16.04″W / 23.5378889°S 46.6711222°W / -23.5378889; -46.6711222Coordinates: 23°32′16.40″S 46°40′16.04″W / 23.5378889°S 46.6711222°W / -23.5378889; -46.6711222
Campus Urban
Colors Yellow and blue
Sports Football, basketball, volleyball, handball, rugby
Website http://www.pucsp.br

The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, often abbreviated as PUC-SP), popularly known as PUC or the Catholic University (Universidade Católica) is a private and non-profit Catholic university. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Brazilian universities. It is maintained by the Catholic Archdiocese of São Paulo.

Most of the scientific production in PUC-SP can be found in the areas of Law, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Economics, Education and Communication, and, in these areas, it's considered one of the most important universities in Latin America, and internationally recognized by the issues and research in disorders of human communication, political economics, semiotics and psychology.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo was founded in 1946, from the union of the Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de São Bento (School of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of São Bento, founded in 1908) and the Paulista School of Law. Together, four other institutions of the Church were connected.[3]

Founded by the archbishop of São Paulo, Cardinal Carlos Carmelo Vasconcellos Motta as the "Catholic University of São Paulo", the university received the title of "Pontifical Catholic University" in 1947, by the Pope Pius XII.[3]

In 1969s, PUC-SP was the first university in Brazil to have a post-graduation course.[3]

During the Military Dictatorship[edit]

During the Military Dictatorship in Brazil, many students and professors at PUC-SP were present in manifestations against the Government, and the archbishop at that time, Paulo Evaristo Arns, admitted teachers from the public universities who were dismissed by the militaries. Some of the persons who started workig at PUC are Florestan Fernandes, Octavio Ianni, Bento Prado Jr., José Arthur Gianotti.[3]

In 1977, PUC hosted the 29th meeting of the Sociedade Brasileira para o Progresso da Ciência (SBPC, Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science), which had been forbidden by the government in public universities. In September, some students celebrated the third National Meeting of the Students, also forbidden by the dictatorship. As a response, troops of the Military Police broke into the campus and arrested some students, professors and other workers.[3]

In the early 1980s, PUC-SP was the first Brazilian university to elect the rector and other administrative functions by direct vote from the students and teachers.[3] In 1984, two fires (one in September, the other in December, the latter believe to be criminal)[3] damaged the theater of the university.

Financial crisis[edit]

In the ealry 2000s, two new campi, one in Santana and one in Barueri, were created.

In 2001, the university had a deficit of 4 million reais, and that deficit increased in the following years, forcing PUC-SP to make a loan with banks, which generated a debt of 82 million reais by the end of 2005.[4] and the results could be observed for most of the year 2006. Some courses were closed for the low demand[5] and the several professors were fired[6] (although some of them had accepted to have their salaries decreased to avoid being dismissed),[7] generating protests from professors and students.[8] By the end of 2006, the university had its first non-deficitary months.[9]

In 2012, for the first time since the students, professors and staff have been given the right to directly elect the university's rector, the most voted candidate (Dirceu de Mello, which had already been elected for the 2008-2012 mandate and was on campaign for reelection) was not appointed for the position by Odilo Scherer, bishop-cardinal and responsible for appointing the rector. Instead, he opted for Anna Cintra, the least voted of all three candidates.[10] She accepted the position, even though she signed a document (a gesture imitated by the other two candidates) promising not to take over unless she was the most voted candidate.[11] The cardinal's decision was received with dissatisfaction by students and professors, who started a strike for indefinite time and did other demonstrations as an answer to Anna Cintra's indication.[12][13][14] On November 30, she tried to gain access to the rector's room, but was barred by the students, who surrounded her and her bodyguards and caused her to flee by taxi.[15]

Campuses[edit]

The main campus of PUC-SP and its administrative headquarters are located in Perdizes, a middle-class neighbourhood in the subprefecture of Lapa, in the west side of São Paulo City. It mostly consists of academic buildings, the University Theater (TUCA) and the University Church. Most of these buildings, built between 1920 and 1940, are part of the historical patrimonium of the city. The School of Exact Sciences and Technology is located near the city centre (Consolação Campus) while Business and Economy courses are also offered in the north side of São Paulo City (Santana Campus). The School of Medical Sciences and Health is located in the city of Sorocaba (90 km from São Paulo) and a campus in the city of Barueri offers courses of Business, Economics, Physical Therapy and Psychology.

Unities and courses[edit]

Cross Patio inside PUC-SP in campus Perdizes.
School of Exact Sciences and Technology, in 'Consolação' campus
School of Philosophy, Communication, Letters and Arts of PUC-SP, located near the main campus.
Faculty Course Campus
School of Social Sciences Geography Perdizes
History Perdizes
International relations Perdizes
Social sciences Perdizes
Social work Perdizes
Tourism Perdizes
School of Phylosophy, Communication, Letters and Arts Art: History, Criticism and Curatorship Consolação
Communication of the Body Arts Perdizes
Communication in Multimedia Perdizes
Letters: Spanish language (Licenciate) Perdizes
Letters: English language (Bachelor) Perdizes
Letters: English language (Licenciate) Perdizes
Letters: French language (Licenciate) Perdizes
Letters: Portuguese language (Licentiate) Perdizes
Philosophy Perdizes
Social communication: Journalism Perdizes
Social communication: Publicity and propaganda Perdizes
Superior of technology in Conservation-restoration Consolação
School of Law Law Perdizes
School of Administration, Economics, Accountancy and Actuarial sciences Administration Perdizes
Administration Santana
Administration Barueri
Actuarial sciences Perdizes
Accountancy Perdizes
Accountancy Santana
Economic sciences Perdizes
Economic sciences with emphasis in international trade Barueri
Superior of technology in Marketing Santana
Superior of technology in International trade Santana
Superior of technology in Environmental management Santana
School of Human Sciences and Health Speech therapy Perdizes
Physical therapy Barueri
Psychology Perdizes
Psychology Barueri
School of Education Pedagogy Perdizes
Pedagogy Santana
School of Exact Sciences and Technology Computer science Consolação
Electrical engineering Consolação
Biomedical engineering Consolação
Industrial engineering Consolação
Mathematics (Licenciate) Consolação
Physics (Bachelor/Licenciate) Consolação
Superior of technology in Digital games Consolação
Technology and Digital media Consolação
School of Medical Sciences and Health Biological sciences Sorocaba
Medicine Sorocaba
Nursing Sorocaba

Admission[edit]

Like other Brazilian universities, students are admitted by an entrance exam called vestibular which consists of two tests containing questions on languages, science, math and history. The vestibular of PUC-SP also selects students for other colleges and universities in the state of São Paulo (Examples: Faculty of Medicine of Marília (public institution), Faculty of Medicine of ABC and the Faculty of Law of São Bernardo do Campo).

Notable professors and alumni[edit]

Professors[edit]

Economy school
Education school
Law school
  • Osvaldo Aranha Bandeira de Melo (1908–1980), Director of São Paulo city legal department, first lay rector of PUC-SP between 1963 and 1972, desembargador of the Court of São Paulo
  • Tércio Sampaio Ferraz Júnior (1941-), philosopher of law and jurist.
Philosophy school

Sociology school

Arts and Letters school

Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foundation Day
  2. ^ a b c d e "Relatório de Administração" (in Portuguese). Fundação São Paulo. March 13, 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Uma história da PUC-SP" (in Portuguese). PUC-SP official website. Retrieved 21 February 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Entenda a crise na PUC-SP" (in March 10, 2006). Folha Online. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "PUC-SP cancela 7 de seus 10 cursos novos" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Takahashi, Fábio (30 December 2005). "PUC-SP continuará a demitir docentes" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Takahashi, Fábio (28 December 2005). "Professores da PUC aceitam cortar salário para evitar demissões" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Klinger, Karina (17 February 2006). "PUC anuncia mais demissões; alunos e professores protestam" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Takahashi, Fábio (29 October 2006). "PUC acaba com déficit após seis anos" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  10. ^ 3ª mais votada em eleição, Anna Cintra é nomeada reitora da PUC-SP. Lordelo, Carlos; Nascimento, Cristiane; Dolzan, Marcio; Vieira, Luiza. O Estado de S. Paulo. 13 November 2012. Accessed on 13 November 2012.
  11. ^ Nova reitora da PUC-SP descumpre promessa e assume cargo mesmo tendo sido a menos votada. Nascimento, Cristiane; Vieira, Luiza. O Estado de S. Paulo. 13 November 2012. Accessed on 13 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Cardinal challenged over university appointment". The Tablet. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  13. ^ Locatelli, Piero (14 November 2012). "Dom Odilo desrespeita escolha da PUC e alunos entram em greve" (in Portuguese). CartaCapital. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Alunos da PUC-SP decidem manter greve na universidade" (in Portuguese). R7. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Boarini, Julia (30 November 2012). "Estudantes impedem nova reitora de entrar em campus da PUC-SP". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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