Universidade Luterana do Brasil

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Lutheran University of Brazil
Universidade Luterana do Brasil
Former name
Canoas Colleges
Motto Veritas vos Liberabit
Motto in English
"The truth will set you free."
Type Private university
Established August 16, 1972 (as Canoas Colleges)
January 1988 (as Lutheran University of Brazil)
Affiliation Council of Rectors of Brazilian Universities
Religious affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil
Rector Marcos Fernando Ziemer
Academic staff
Students 60,000 (in all campuses)
Location Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Campus Rio Grande do Sul:
Canoas (main campus and rectory)
Cachoeira do Sul
Porto Alegre
Santa Maria
São Jerônimo
Porto Velho
São Paulo:
Language Portuguese
Colors Blue
Website http://www.ulbra.br

The Universidade Luterana do Brasil (ULBRA or Ulbra; Lutheran University of Brazil) is a university which covers several states throughout Brazil.


The Lutheran University of Brazil (ULBRA) has its roots in the parish school of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Canoas (CELSP), in Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, founded in 1911. The first impulse towards the University was the creation of the Cristo Redentor College, in 1969 under the direction of Reverend Ruben Eugen Becker.

In March 1972, in an effort to expand its education in higher education, the Evangelical Lutheran Community of São Paulo founded an Administration College with fifty vacancies. In 1974, the Federal Council of Education authorized the operation of the Canoas Colleges.

In January 1988, the President of Brazil, José Sarney, allowed the creation of the Lutheran University of Brazil.


The university's headquarters is located in the city of Canoas, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul (the southernmost province of Brazil). Within this state, Ulbra also has campuses in the cities of Cachoeira do Sul, Carazinho, Gravataí, Guaíba, Porto Alegre, Santa Maria, São Jerônimo and Torres. Apart from these cities, the university also has campuses in the states of Amazonas (Manaus), Goiás (Itumbiara), Pará (Santarém), Rondônia (Ji-Paraná and Porto Velho), Tocantins (Palmas) and in the state of São Paulo.


Ulbra offers several majors, including medicine, which the university became entitled to offer after building its hospital, located within the university premises and currently serving the community of Canoas and neighbouring cities.


The university has a football team that plays in the first division of the Campeonato Gaúcho, as well as having teams participate in many sports tournaments, including volleyball, basketball, Judo and Athletics. As of 2007, Sport Club Ulbra have contested the Campeonato Brasileiro Third Division for the fourth time in a row, but have not been successful in their attempts towards promotion.

Automobile museum[edit]

They also maintained one of the largest Museums of Technology, which had a collection of cars with more than 200 vehicles. From Ford T to 2000 Corvette, even an Indy car piloted by Emerson Fittipaldi when he won Indianapolis 500 and its pace car. In 2009, due to the university's financial problems, the museum was closed and had its collection auctioned by Justice. Currently, the Museum of Technology building houses the studios of Ulbra TV (a local educational TV station affiliated to TV Cultura), and Radio Mix FM 107.1.

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