Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná

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Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná
Other name
Motto Scientia, vita et fides
Type Private, non-profit
Established June 14, 1960[1]
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Chancellor Dom José Antônio Peruzzo
Rector Waldemiro Gremski
Vice rector Paulo Otávio Mussi Augusto
Academic staff
Students 31,000[2]
Location Bandeira de Curitiba.svg Curitiba, Bandeira do Paraná.svg Paraná, Brazil
Colors Red and white          
Sports Swimming, aerobics, fitness conditioning, weight training and indoor cycling
Website www.pucpr.br

The Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (Portuguese: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, PUCPR) is a private, not-for-profit Catholic university. The main campus is located in Curitiba, the capital city of the State of Paraná, Brazil. Four additional campuses are located in the cities of Londrina, Maringá, São José dos Pinhais and Toledo. It is maintained by APC (Associação Paranaense de Cultura), an organization run by Marist Brothers. The Catholic Archbishop of the city of Curitiba is the ceremonial chancellor of the University.

The Curitiba campus was the first to be established and houses five academic units: the Center for Biological and Health Sciences, the Center for Exact Sciences and Technology, the Center for Juridical and Social Sciences, the Center for Humanities and Theology, and the Business School. The main buildings of the campus are the central library, which manages the integrated library system (ILS), research labs, classrooms and lecture halls, a 570-seat theater, a pilot plant, and a sports complex. The Museum of Zoology, with a collection of over 6,000 specimens and an Herbarium with approximately 7,000 preserved plant specimens are located on the Curitiba Campus.[3]

There are more than 30,000 students in 60 undergraduate and over 150 postgraduate courses. Over 80% of the faculty possess a master's or doctoral degree. There are 22 graduate courses, at master's and doctoral levels: Health Sciences, Law, Animal Science, Urban Management, Philosophy, Theology, Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Dental Health, Production Engineering, Education, Informatics and Health Technology.[4]


  1. ^ Foundation Day
  2. ^ a b "Relatório de Administração" (in Portuguese). PUCPR. 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Campus of Curitiba". PUCPR. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "PUCPR Institucional". PUCPR. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 

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