Mackenzie Presbyterian University

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Mackenzie Presbyterian University
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Mackenzie Presbyterian University logo
Motto Tradição e Pioneirismo na Educação (Portuguese)
Motto in English Tradition and Pioneering in Education
Established 1870, 1952 as a University
Type Private, non-profit
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church of Brazil
Chancellor The Rev. Dr. Davi Charles Gomes
Rector Dr. Benedito Aguiar Neto
Vice rector Dr. Marcel Mendes
Students 40,000+
Location São Paulo (Campus Higienópolis), Barueri (Campus Alphaville), Campinas and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Colours      Red      Black [1]
Website mackenzie.br

Mackenzie Presbyterian University (Portuguese: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie) is a private university in São Paulo, Brazil. The Mackenzie Presbyterian University is an institution of higher learning that has strong tradition and history in Brazil. It has campuses for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in São Paulo (Campus Higienópolis), Campinas, Barueri (Campus Alphaville), Brasilia, Recife and Rio de Janeiro

Founded in 1870 as the American School, Mackenzie is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Brazil. The university is regarded nationally and internationally as a center of excellence having graduated numerous important names in Brazilian history. Apart from its main campus in São Paulo, Mackenzie University has campuses in the city of Barueri as well as in Brasília, Campinas, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro for postgraduate and continuing education.

The nickname "Mackenzista" is often used to refer to present or former students of Mackenzie.

History[edit]

Part of the São Paulo Campus on Maria Antônia Street

In 1870, the American Presbyterian missionary Rev. George Whitehill Chamberlain and his wife Mary Annesley founded a private grammar school inside their home. The classes were held in their living room and, a few years later, the "American School" was established as a center of excellence in São Paulo. The Chamberlains' American School was revolutionary for the Brazilian standards at that time: no corporal punishment on students was permitted, and both boys and girls could attend classes. Even though the Chamberlains were openly Presbyterians, students from all ethnic backgrounds, social classes, and religious denominations were welcome. The fame of academic rigor allied to religious tolerance soon reached the United States.

In 1896, John Theron Mackenzie, an attorney from Phelps, New York, and his sisters donated US$50,000 "for the establishment of an engineering school to be built under the auspices of Mr. Chamberlain". The Mackenzie building was built the next year, and the college was named in their honor.

After the establishment of Mackenzie College, the institution saw rapid expansion of its activities with the creation of a School of Architecture, a School of Economics, and a Law School, gaining the status of university in 1952.

São Paulo Campus at night
João Calvino Building, which hosts the university's post-graduation facilities.

Notable alumni[edit]

In 130 years of history (as of 2000), it is estimated that Mackenzie University has 300,000 alumni, many of them important personalities of Brazilian politics and civil society. Among them are artists such as surrealist André Breton and the modernist painter Anita Malfatti, athletes such as Brazil's most known basketball player Oscar Schmidt, car racer Émerson Fittipaldi, sea explorer Amyr Klink, and Olympic golden medalist Robert Scheidt; journalists Boris Casoy and Ney Gonçalves Dias; businessmen Márcio Cypriano (CEO Bradesco), Ivan Zurita (CEO Nestlé, Brasil) and Emerson Kapaz; jurists Álvaro Villaça Azevedo, Carlos Miguel Aidar (former Brazilian Law Society President), Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Eros Roberto Grau, lawyer José Roberto Batochio, legal scholar Sérgio Pinto Martins (judge and labor law renowned scholar), Roberto Justus, Tales Castelo Branco, and architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

Schools and colleges[edit]

  • School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Theology
  • School of Architecture and City Planning
  • Biological Sciences and Health College (CCBS, former FCBEE)
  • College of Economics, Accounting, Business and Marketing (CCSA)
  • College of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • College of Communication and the Arts
  • School of Law
  • College of Physical Education
  • College of Philosophy, Language, and Education
  • College of Psychology

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mackenzie.br/portal/identidadevisual/sistema_22.htm Mackenzie - Programa de Identidade Visual - Cores Institucionais

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 23°32′49″S 46°39′07″W / 23.547°S 46.652°W / -23.547; -46.652