Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

Coordinates: 22°58′45.48″S 43°13′56.82″W / 22.9793000°S 43.2324500°W / -22.9793000; -43.2324500
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Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Coat of arms of the university
MottoAlis Grave Nil (Latin)
Motto in English
With wings, nothing is heavy
TypePrivate Roman Catholic Research Non-profit Coeducational Higher Education Institution
Established30 October 1940; 82 years ago (30 October 1940)[1]
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
ChancellorOrani João Cardinal Tempesta, OCist.
PresidentFr. Anderson Antonio Pedroso, S.J.
Vice rectorFr. André Luís de Araújo, S.J.
Academic staff
Students21,240 (In year 2022)
Undergraduates8,700 (In year 2022)
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225, Gávea - Rio de Janeiro
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22°58′45.48″S 43°13′56.82″W
ColorsYellow and Blue

The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Portuguese: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio) is a Jesuit, Catholic, pontifical university in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the joint responsibility of the Catholic Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro and the Society of Jesus. In 2022, PUC-Rio was ranked as the tenth best university in Latin America by Times Higher Education magazine.[3]


The University was created in 1941 by the Society of Jesus to emphasize humanistic values in the pursuit of knowledge. PUC-Rio has 12,000 undergraduate students, 2,500 graduate students, and 4,000 extension students. In 2009 it ranked first among 2,252 higher education institutions in Brazil on ENADE, a benchmark exercise run by the Brazilian Ministry of Education.[4][5]

PUC-Rio has highly accredited faculties in law, engineering, computer science, psychology, economics, business, and international relations.[6] It fosters cultural diversity in its student body. It has participated in exchange programs with Harvard, Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Brown University as well as European universities, with hundreds of students participating each year.[citation needed]


PUC-Rio is located in Gávea[7] in the south of Rio, at the edge of Tijuca National Forest. The campus was once a coffee farm. A creek crossed by three bridges runs through the campus. Several city bus lines pass the university, which is near the suburban neighborhoods of Leblon, Ipanema, Jardim Botânico, and Lagoa. Metrô busses connect the campus to the Antero de Quental subway station in Leblon and the Botafogo subway station on Botafogo beach. The Botanical Gardens and Leblon beach are within walking distance to the university.


Main building
The church of the Sacred-Heart of the PUC

The campus was built with donations from institutions and foundations in the early 1940s. In the early '60s the USA through its American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program donated the building now named after President John Kennedy; the grant was received during his administration. Besides the Central Library there are three specialized libraries. Solar Grandjean de Montigny (built in 1823 by the architect of the same name), PUC-Rio's Cultural Center, has year-round visual arts exhibitions. Pilotis (Kennedy building's ground floor) hosts cultural events such as political debates, shows, and fairs. The "Festa Junina" each June features folkloric food, costumes, and dance from old Brazil.

On campus are three restaurants, five coffee-shops, a pizza-parlor, a bookstore, an office supply store, copy centers, branches of Banco Itaú and Banco Santander Brasil, a post office, newsstand, and ATMs. The neighborhood of the university contains more shops, banks, the Planetarium, specialized bookstores, restaurants, and a mall.

PUC-Rio can be divided into four university centers, each center is made of dozens of units and supplementary organs responsible for education, research and extension in their respective areas of knowledge.

  • Center for Social Sciences: is one of the four deanships of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. It consists of nine departments administration, social science, social communication, law, economy, geography and environment, history, social service and international relations.[8]
  • Science and Technology Center: is one of the four deanships of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. It has ten courses in engineering (petroleum, control and automation, production, computing, chemical engineering, materials and nanotechnology, electrical, mechanical and environmental), two computer science (information systems and computer science) the bachelor's degrees in mathematics, physics and chemistry.[9]
  • Center of Theology and Human Sciences: is one of the four deanships of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. It consists of seven departments, eight undergraduate courses, eight graduate programs, In addition to the departments of architecture and urbanism, arts and design, education, philosophy, letters, psychology and theology, the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities (IEAHu) and the Carlo Maria Martini Chair are part of the deanery.[10]


For undergraduate admission to PUC-Rio two exams are used: ENEM and its own vestibular test. The results of these tests are used in determining the distribution of academic scholarships to students. PUC-RIO accepted 12% of applicants for the class of 2022 making it a very selective institution.


The Lua programming language was developed by Roberto Ierusalimschy, Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo, and Waldemar Celes, members of the Computer Graphics Technology Group[11] at PUC-Rio, beginning in 1993.

Notable alumni[edit]


The following are a partial list of professors from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Foundation Day". Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  2. ^ "Número de Professores". Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  3. ^ "Best universities in Latin America". 14 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Ed Min". 4 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Censo" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-28.
  6. ^ "Ensinopesq".
  7. ^ "Gávea".
  8. ^ "Missão e Objetivos - CCS". Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "historia-e-memoria CTC". Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Apresentação CTCH". Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "Tecgraf".
  12. ^ "Alex Behring". Bloomberg News.

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