UFSC is ranked 6th best university in Latin America in Times Higher Education (THE) Latin America University Rankings

15/07/2022 20:04

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) was ranked 6th in the ranking of the best universities in Latin America published by Times Higher Education (THE). Amongst Brazilian universities, UFSC was ranked 4th.

The Times Higher Education (THE) is a British magazine that publishes news and articles related to higher education, affiliated to The Times newspaper, which annually releases a set of rankings considered to be one of the most comprehensive, balanced, and reliable in the world. Universities are evaluated based on 13 performance indicators, including teaching, research, citations, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

In this year’s edition, 197 universities were assessed across 13 countries. In the top five positions are, respectively, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), the Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp), the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp) and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in Mexico.

UFSC moved up five positions in comparison to last year´s edition. In the 2021 edition, the institution occupied the 11th overall position and the 5th among Brazilian institutions.

The complete ranking results is available on the Times Higher Education website.

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Professor Irineu de Souza and Professor Joana dos Passos take office as Rector and Vice-Rector on Friday, 8 July

07/07/2022 17:33

(Photo: Henrique Almeida/Agecom)

This Friday, 8 July, Professor Irineu Manoel de Souza and Professor Joana Célia dos Passos will take office as Rector and Vice-Rector of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC). The inauguration ceremony will take place at the Garapuvu auditorium, in the Culture and Events Center, at 10 am, and will be broadcast on the Culture and Events Department’s YouTube Channel: DCEven UFSC – YouTube.

Professor de Souza and Professor dos Passos received the most votes in an informal consultation to the university community promoted by the representative entities of UFSC students, faculty and staff, last April. On 2 May, the University Council gathered in a special session to compose the three-nominee lists for the positions of Rector and Vice-Rector. Once more, they received the most votes.

The appointment of the elected officers was published in the Federal Official Gazette (DOU) on 5 July. Professor de Souza has already signed, remotely, the Investiture Agreement with the Ministry of Education (MEC). An investiture ceremony in Brasília will be scheduled at the appropriate time.

Invitation for the ceremony

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SINTER inaugurates Institutional Center for Languages and Translation (NILT)

04/07/2022 17:04

NILT is located on the ground floor of the Rectorate Building II. (Photo: Henrique Almeida/Agecom)

Last Wednesday, 29 June, the Institutional Center for Languages and Translation (NILT) was inaugurated by the Office of International Relations (SINTER) at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC). The Center, founded in 2021, aims to meet the needs of the internationalization process at UFSC.

The new space is located on the ground floor of the Rectorate Building II and includes classrooms for in-person courses, in addition to a computer laboratory for the administration of proficiency exams. The purpose is to complement what has already been offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (DLLE), focusing on UFSC’s internationalization, explained the Secretary for International Relations, Lincoln Fernandes.

“No internationalization process exists without a solid linguistic base. The proposal here is to break, instead of surrounding, this linguistic obstacle through a concrete action: NILT; and thereby consolidate, in a feasible way, the internationalization at UFSC”, emphasized Fernandes.

The event was attended by staff from SINTER, DLLE and the Central Administration staff. (Photo: Henrique Almeida/Agecom)

The Center has been offering online courses for the university community since last year. In 2022, it started offering in-person courses too. The courses are targeted at preparing UFSC students, faculty and staff to study abroad, aside from meeting the needs of foreign students at UFSC.

NILT courses are also aimed at assisting the UFSC campuses outside of Florianópolis, which have the need to develop their internationalization at home. Courses already held include classes on how to write an abstract for academic papers; learning academic writing in Brazilian Portuguese; writing motivation letters for studying abroad; and preparing for language proficiency exams.

According to the NILT Coordinator, Silvana de Gaspari, the structure of the Center includes a general coordination and specific coordinators for six foreign languages: German, Italian, Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese for foreigners. The courses offered are also accepted as internship activities for the UFSC undergraduate teaching degrees (licenciaturas), emphasizes the professor.


Plaque unveiling with the Rector, the Vice-Rector and the Secretary for International Relations. (Photo: Henrique Almeida/Agecom)

The inauguration event was attended by UFSC’s Rector, Ubaldo Cesar Balthazar, the Vice-Rector, Catia Regina Silva de Carvalho Pinto, the Prorector for Outreach and Extension, Rogério Cid Bastos, the Secretary for Distance Learning, Luciano Bastos, the Secretary for Institutional Improvement, Liz Beatriz Sass, in addition to other authorities, such as the Administrative and Financial Director of the Foundation for Socioeconomic Studies and Research (FEPESE), Mauro dos Santos Fiuza.

The Rector thanked and praised SINTER for its efforts to innovate for a consolidated internationalization at UFSC. “We will see the importance of this moment further on, over time, when the results of this effort appear. Congratulations for the initiative, for having ideas, for wanting to be inventive and encouraging mutual learning”, said him.

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