UFSC is the 8th best university in Brazil according to the QS World University Rankings

18/09/2023 13:23

The results of the QS World University Rankings: Latin America & The Caribbeam 2024 were published last Wednesday, 13 September, and ranked the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) among the 23 best universities in Latin America. UFSC occupies the 8th position among the Brazilian universities and the 4th among the federal education institutions in Brazil.

These rankings are produced annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company specialized in education. They analyzed 430 institutions in 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries and at the top of the list is the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). The overall score of each institution is calculated using eight metrics, each with a different weight: Academic Reputation (30%); Employer Reputation (20%); Faculty Student Ratio (10%); Faculty Staff with PhD (10%); International Research Network (10%); Citations per Paper (10%); Papers per Faculty (5%) and Web Impact (5%). The strongest metrics for UFSC in this edition were Faculty Staff with PhD (99.7 score), International Research Network (98.1 score) and Web Impact (97.4 score).

In terms of UFSC articles and external citations between 2017 and 2022, the major subject for UFSC was Life Sciences & Medicine.

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UFSC stands out in global ranking with 26 researchers among the most cited in the world

06/09/2023 13:40

UFSC has been standing out in various international rankings. Photo by Amanda Miranda.

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina stood out once again in the global ranking Research.comthat recognizes researchers based on the number of articles and citations for each discipline – among a total of 26 disciplines. The institution had 26 scientists ranked in the disciplines of Veterinary, Chemistry, Ecology, Electrical Engineering, Engineering and Technology, Mathematics, Medicine, Microbiology, Neuroscience and Agronomy.

UFSC was also recognized as the eighth best institution in the national ranking. In the Chemistry discipline, ten scientists were cited among the most relevant in the world. In the Electrical Engineering discipline, professor Ivo Barbi figured as the second most cited in Brazil.

The total number of citations by leading academics at UFSC in 2022 was 159,046, with a mean value for citations per scholars of 6,117.15. This result places UFSC at the 387th position in the global ranking. According to the Research.com platform, the purpose of the ranking is to offer leading researchers better exposure of their achievements. The rankings of scientists are based on transparent procedures based on well-established metrics collected from trusted sources of data, with more than 12,000 scientific journals grouped by disciplines.

Check out the list of scholars ranked by Research.com.

Animal Science and Veterinary

Maurício Laterça Martins
Maria José Hötzel


Bernhard Welz (in memoriam)
Rosendo A. Yunes
Antonio L. Braga
Adilson J. Curtius
J. Vladimir Oliveira
Moacir Geraldo Pizzolatti
Debora de Oliveira
Ademir Neves (in memoriam)
Eduardo Carasek
Adailton J. Bortoluzzi


Sergio R. Floeter

Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Ivo Barbi
Julio E. Normey-Rico

Engineering and Technology

Roberto Lamberts
Enedir Ghisi


Ruy Exel


João B. Calixto
Adair R.S. Santos (in memoriam)


Álvaro José Romanha  (in memoriam)


Reinaldo N. Takahashi
Roger Walz
Peter Wolf

Plant Science and Agronomy

Miguel Pedro Guerra
Marcelo Maraschin


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UFSC is the fourth best federal university in Brazil according to global ranking

22/08/2023 14:00

UFSC Trindade Campus (Photo by Amanda Miranda)

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina is the fourth best federal university in Brazil, according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which ranks the best colleges and universities in the world. Each year, the list shows which institutions have achieved high scores in the global rankings.

In 2023, UFSC is ranked in the same range as the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp) and Universidade de Brasília (UnB), behind only the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS),  ranked in the highest score range among the federal universities, and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), ranked in second place.

Among the national universities in general, the state universities of São Paulo stood out in the overall ranking – Universidade de São Paulo (USP), in first place, and Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), in second place. UFSC was among the ten best universities in Brazil and among the 800 best in the world. In total, 24 Brazilian universities are listed in the ranking, all of them public universities. In the global ranking, the highest scores are from Harvard University and Stanford University, both from the United States.

The ARWU is a ranking published since 2003. Universities are ranked based on various academic or research performance indicators, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in the main citation indexes, and per capita performance of a university.

UFSC stood out in particular academic subjects such as Food Science & Technology, Medicine and Dental Sciences. It also obtained high scores in the Mechanical Engineering, Public Health and Ecology subjects.

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UFSC promotes welcome event for international students

07/08/2023 16:49

Photo by Lethicia Siqueira / Agecom / UFSC.

Artistic dance performances of samba and kuduro excited the audience present at the UFSC international community welcome day for the semester 2023-2. In addition to the welcome speeches by UFSC authorities, students received information about the University and the services available, participated in a coffee break – with pão de queijo (cheese bread),  paçoquinha (peanut sweet) and guaraná (soft drink) – and also received specific guidelines for undergraduate exchange students, graduate students, and immigrant and refugee students admitted at UFSC through a special selection process.

The welcome event for the international students, held in the Rectorate Building Auditorium, was organized by the Office of International Relations (SINTER), with the support of the Prorectorate for Undergraduate Studies and Basic Education (PROGRAD) and the Prorectorate for Graduate Studies (PROPG).

Photo by Lethicia Siqueira / Agecom / UFSC.

UFSC’s international student community is currently made up of more than a thousand people, of which about 30% are graduate students. At the undergraduate level, there are 75 students in the PEC-G Program – UFSC is the second Brazilian university that admits the most PEC-G students.

The Secretary for International Relations, Luiz Carlos Pinheiro Machado Filho, was the host. In addition to him, the Rector Irineu Manoel de Souza, the Prorector for Undergraduate Studies and Basic Education, Dilceane Carraro, and the Internationalization Coordinator of PROPG, Amália Borges Dário, joined the stage. Prorectors, secretaries, school deans, members of the Rector’s Office, students, course coordinators and UFSC staff members were present in the audience.

After the presentation of UFSC institutional video, with English subtitles, the floor was opened to the participants at the table. Amália Dário invited those present to build together a respectful and enriching environment.

Professor Dilceane Carraro said that the event was the first welcome activity of the semester and that several other actions would be carried out over the next few days. She mentioned a panel discussion on harassment in the academic environment and the semester’s inaugural lecture, which will focus on mental health in higher education. The complete schedule of welcome activities for students can be accessed on the website calouros.ufsc.br.

Rector Irineu Manoel de Souza greeted everyone present and welcomed the students. According to the rector, each year there is a growth of the international student community at the University, and he credited this achievement to the work developed by SINTER. “You are entering one of the best universities in the country,” he said, citing UFSC’s positions in national and international rankings. He invited students to take advantage of the full potential of the University, which in addition to academic and professional qualification provides training for citizenship. He said that entering a university is a happy moment in people’s lives and urged students to get involved in research, outreach projects and also in student associations.

Photo by Lethicia Siqueira / Agecom / UFSC.

Professor Pinheiro Machado delivered a presentation with information about UFSC and  about the internationalization process of the University. He mentioned that UFSC maintains more than 390 cooperation agreements with universities on five continents and offers various support services to international students, such as a free self-instructional Brazilian Portuguese course, offered by the Institutional Center for Languages and Translation (NILT).

The event closed with artistic presentations. Dancers André and Sofia, from Desterro Escola de Arte, performed a samba dance, while Max and Bonifácio, from the Mangolé dance group, from the Association of Angolans in Florianópolis, presented a kuduro dance. Both were greatly appreciated by the audience.

In the afternoon, the international students were able to participate in dance workshops of samba, sertanejo, kuduro, in an integration activity to get to know the University, called “Sintegra around UFSC”, or in a visit to the São José da Ponta Grossa Fortress in the Santa Catarina Island.

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UFSC is the ninth best university in Brazil according to the QS World University Rankings

04/07/2023 14:08

Photo: Henrique Almeida/Agecom/UFSC

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) is the ninth best Brazilian university according to the QS World University Rankings 2024, released last Tuesday, 27 June. In the global ranking, UFSC is in the 801-850 range. The publication is prepared annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company specializing in education, and gathers data from 1,500 universities in 104 countries.

Among the Brazilian institutions, the highest-ranked universities are Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp). The ninth position is shared by UFSC and the Universidade de Brasília (UnB).

The evaluation is based on several criteria, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, international student ratio, employment outcomes, international research network and sustainability. Out of these indicators, sustainability, academic reputation, faculty student ratio and international research network are UFSC’s strongest indicators.

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UFSC hosts Chinese delegation from the Zhejiang University International Business School (ZIBS)

23/06/2023 16:50

Delegation was welcomed at the Rector´s Office. Photos: Lethicia Siqueira/ Agecom/UFSC

As part of the international cooperation agreement negotiated with Zhejiang University International Business School (ZIBS), from China, the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) hosted this Thursday, 22 June, a delegation from the institution on the Florianópolis Campus. The agreement foresees international mobility among students from both institutions and research cooperation.

The visit was organized by the Office of International Relations (SINTER) and the Prorectorate for Research and Innovation (PROPESQ), with the support of the Rector’s Office (GR) and the Institute for Studies on China at UFSC (ICHIN). The delegation from the Chinese university comprised Professor Ben Shenglin, Dean of ZIBS; his wife, Deng Yuhua; the CEO of the company LianLian, Zhu Xiaosong; and the Executive Director and the Partnerships Coordinator of the ZIBS Latin American Center, Rodrigo Moura and Mariana Rodrigues.

They were welcomed at UFSC by the Rector, Irineu Manoel de Souza; the Director of the Rector’s Office, João Luiz Martins; the Head of the Director’s Office, Bernardo Meyer; the Prorector for Research and Innovation, Jacques Mick; the Prorector for Graduate Studies, Werner Kraus Junior; the Prorector for Undergraduate Studies, Dilceane Carraro; the Director of International Relations, Fernanda Leal; the International Agreements Coordinator, Amanda Drehmer; SINTER’s communication assistant, Caroline Finati; Sinter’s translator and interpreter, Paula Michels; and the Institute for Studies on China (ICHIN) Coordinator, Raúl Burgos, accompanied by professors Daniel Martins and Fernando Spanhol and doctoral student Yasmin Lenz.

The group was received by the Rector, who greeted the participants and gave a brief speech in which he presented data about UFSC, qualifying it as a very important university for society, recognized for its quality in the areas of teaching, research, and outreach. The Rector defined the agreement as a very important milestone for UFSC’s internationalization process, bringing opportunities in the area of research and exchanges.

Global Connectivity

The Dean of ZIBS said it was a great honor to visit UFSC, on his second trip to Brazil. He presented information about Zhejiang University (ZJU) and also about the province in which it is located. “We are here to say that we want to work closer to you,” said Professor Ben Shenglin.

The Dean of ZIBS and the Rector of UFSC sign cooperation agreement for international student mobility.

The Executive Director of the ZIBS Latin American Center, Rodrigo Moura, said that the partnership not only provides opportunities in the academic area, but also an alignment between the business ecosystems of the two countries. Despite the challenges, he believes that the exchange of students can grow: currently ZIBS has about 6 thousand international students, of which only approximately 3% are Latin American, and the number of Brazilians is still low.

After that, Professor Bernardo Meyer showed an institutional video of UFSC in English. After the signing of the cooperation agreement, the participants headed to the Councils Room, where a meeting was scheduled between the representatives of the Chinese university and UFSC researchers, professors and students.

The meeting began with the presentation of an institutional video from ZIBS. Then, Professor Irineu greeted the audience, communicated about the signing of the cooperation agreement, and stated that it will be fundamental to strengthen the relations with China.

Dean Ben Shenglin continued presenting Zhejiang University, made up of 37 schools with teaching and research activities in almost all areas of knowledge. He said that ZJU has one of the largest and best medical schools and probably the best engineering school in China. “Me being here represents the desire for greater global connectivity,” he said.

Next, Professor Jacques Mick gave a presentation on the research structure at UFSC, with data on the number of researchers, laboratories, research groups, and patents registered, among other indicators. According to the Prorector, the main objectives of UFSC in the cooperation with China are to establish a Confucius Institute or a Luban Workshop at UFSC; to develop research in central areas under development at UFSC (sustainability and climate change; health and quality of life; technology and social studies for development); and to participate in the mission of Brazilian rectors to China.

After the Prorector’s presentation, Professor Daniel Martins talked about the creation of the Institute for Studies on China (ICHIN) at UFSC. The Institute began its activities in 2018, with the participation of volunteers, and was made official in 2019. Since last year, it has been registered as an Outreach Program. ICHIN was one of the initiators of the partnership between ZIBS and UFSC.

The floor was opened for comments and questions from the participants in the Councils Room.

The visit schedule also included events at Sapiens Park, where the delegation had lunch with entrepreneurs at the Senai Institute of Innovation, linked to the Federation of Industries of Santa Catarina State (Fiesc). In the afternoon, they visited UFSC projects at Sapiens Park, such as the Fotovoltaic/UFSC Laboratory and the facilities of UFSC’s Center for Innovation, Research, Entrepreneurship and Technology (Impetu Hub), with the participation of the Secretary for International Relations, Luiz Carlos Pinheiro Machado Filho; the Prorector for Research and Innovation, Jacques Mick, and researchers from ICHIN.

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World Energy Day: UFSC expands renewable generation with 27 photovoltaic power plants

31/05/2023 15:51

Fotovoltaica/UFSC Solar Energy Research Laboratory at the Sapiens Parque, in Florianópolis. Photo: Fotovoltaica/UFSC Laboratory

Whether in research for the production of green hydrogen or innovating with new forms of clean energy generation, the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) works to find a solution to a global problem: how to generate more and more renewable energy, with reduced impact on the environment. In this sense, it has expanded the generation of photovoltaic electricity by developing systems capable of capturing not only the light that falls directly on the panels, but also the reflected light.

The UFSC photovoltaic park already has 27 power plants, at the service of research and technological development, in  the cities of Florianópolis, Araranguá and Joinville. A part of this complex will be renovated in 2023, with an investment of more than R$ 2.94 million in projects and installation of 37 photovoltaic solar energy generating modules in various buildings on the Florianópolis Campus. The concern with research and development in the area is the objective behind the creation of World Energy Day, celebrated last Monday, 29 May.

The University has been continuously expanding its self-generating electricity park. Last year, photovoltaic systems with a total power of 210 kWp were installed in buildings at the School of Biological Sciences (CCB), the School of Socio-Economic Sciences (CSE) and the School of Sports (CDS), located on the Florianópolis Campus. These systems have been operating since April 2022. In addition, a pilot solar unit with bifacial modules and a capacity of 100 kWp was installed at the Fotovoltaic/UFSC Solar Energy Research Laboratory, located at the Sapiens Parque, Florianópolis, in May 2022.

Sapiens Parque holds most of UFSC’s photovoltaic generation structures. The Fotovoltaic/UFSC Laboratory develops advanced research in this area. Even before the expansion carried out last year, the laboratory was already producing enough energy to meet its consumption. At times, it produced surpluses that were injected into the grid of Celesc – the electricity utility for the state of Santa Catarina –, generating credits entered as a discount on the University’s electricity bills.

UFSC also develops research on kites for wind power generation. Watch the video below:

Online map shows location of photovoltaic and wind power plants

Currently, UFSC has 27 photovoltaic power plants located on the campuses of Florianópolis, Araranguá and Joinville. Together, these plants add up to 1,055.11 kW of installed power, of which about 42% are in operation, producing 442.368 kW. Most of them are made up of monofacial silicon modules, but the Mato Alto 3 plant, in Araranguá, implemented in 2022, is equipped with 12 bifacial modules.

The equipment is listed on the Map of Alternative Energy Generation Sources at UFSC, which, in addition to the photovoltaic plants, also includes two wind energy generation equipment. The University’s Architecture and Engineering Projects Department (DPAE) is responsible for gathering all this information and making it available in the form of an online map.

First system connected to the public grid in Brazil is from UFSC

UFSC has a great tradition in the research and use of photovoltaic solar energy. In September 2022, the first photovoltaic system integrated into a building and connected to the public electricity grid in Brazil completed 26 years of uninterrupted operation.

Investment in photovoltaic self-generation is justified by economic and environmental aspects. One of the goals of the UFSC Sustainable Logistics Plan (PLS 2021-2024) is that UFSC has 5% of energy generated by alternative renewable sources in relation to the total energy consumed. The photovoltaic solar energy source is one of the forms of energy generation that has been growing in recent years in Brazil. Not only it contributes to the reduction of consumers’ electricity expenses, but it collaborates with the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the environment.

There are several initiatives in the area of photovoltaic energy at UFSC that have borne concrete results or have already contributed to the development of the sector, such as a bus powered by solar energy, a boat in an Amazonian community and also the solar panels that power a historic monument: the Fortress of Santo Antônio de Ratones, in the north bay of Greater Florianópolis – which has been currently renovated with the support of the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (Iphan).

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Recently, work was completed to install photovoltaic modules totaling 683.76 kWp of installed power on the Florianópolis Campus, in the Trindade district, in buildings such as the Culture and Events Center (CCEven), the Department of Informatics and Statistics (INE), the Department of Sanitary Engineering (ENS), the University Restaurant (RU) and the School of Health Sciences (CCS). In addition, the installation of a photovoltaic system with an installed capacity of 210 kWp was completed in buildings at the School of Biological Sciences (CCB), the School of Socio-Economic Sciences (CSE) and the School of Sports (CDS), on the same campus.

On the Joinville campus, a photovoltaic generation system with an installed power of 8.16 kWp is in operation since May 2021. On the Araranguá campus, a new subsystem of 0.92 kWp was installed in December 2022, in addition to a 0.99 kWp photovoltaic generation system that has been operating at the site since 2020. These initiatives demonstrate UFSC’s commitment to sustainability and preservation of the environment, in addition to contributing to the reduction of electricity costs.

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UFSC is the 10th best Brazilian university according to CWUR global ranking

24/05/2023 18:33

Photo by Henrique Almeida

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) is the tenth best university in Brazil, according to a global survey conducted by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). In the world ranking, the institution occupies the 718th position – which places it among the 3.5% best universities in the world. A total of 20,531 universities were evaluated, and the list of the 2,000 best-placed universities can be seen at cwur.org/2023.php.

Compared to last year, UFSC kept its 10th place among the Brazilian institutions and rose one position in the world ranking (from 719 to 718). “The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina demonstrates its resilience to the adversity of a pandemic period that affected academic activities worldwide. In a scenario of budget cuts for Science and Technology and for Education, as the one faced in recent years, preserving its position in a global quality ranking can be recognized as an achievement,” says the Rector Irineu Manoel de Souza.

CWUR is a consulting organization that provides services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes. The World University Rankings are based on seven indicators grouped into four areas: Education (measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won prestigious academic distinctions relative to the university’s size); Employability (measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held top positions at major companies relative to the university’s size); Faculty (measured by the number of faculty members who have won prestigious academic distinctions); and Research (including research output, high-quality publications, influence, and citations). The latter was UFSC’s most outstanding area.

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UFSC is the best university in Santa Catarina and fourth best federal university in Brazil

14/04/2023 15:52

Photo by Henrique Almeida/AGECOM/UFSC

UFSC is the best university in the state of Santa Catarina and the fourth best federal university in Brazil, according to data from the Ministry of Education (MEC) released on 28 March. The data is based on four Higher Education Quality Indicators that are part of the cycle of results produced from the National Student Performance Exam (Enade). The partial results of the last evaluation cycle (2021) were released in September, when UFSC stood out for having about 80% of its undergraduate programs assessed with top grades.

Now, MEC has released the Program Preliminary Concept (CPC) and the General Index of the Institution’s Assessed Programs (IGC). The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) stood out in both and is the only institution in Santa Catarina to have achieved the maximum grade (5). Moreover, among the top ranked institutions, it is the institution that had the highest number of programs with CPC in the triennium, a total of 70.

For the Prorector for Undergraduate Studies and Basic Education at UFSC, Dilceane Carraro, the good results achieved in the evaluation reflect the serious and dedicated work of the university community, “especially of the faculty and staff who worked to ensure the quality of the undergraduate programs assessed”.

The IGC is calculated from the average of the CPC, taking into account the last Enade cycle; the average of the grades assigned to graduate programs by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) in the last evaluation; and the distribution of students among the different levels of higher education (undergraduate and graduate degrees).

In 2021, UFSC obtained a continuous IGC of 4.14 and raised this number to 4.197. This has placed the university in the select group of 46 institutions that have secured the highest score. Among all the public institutions – including institutes, colleges and state universities, UFSC has also stood out with the fourth best performance.

According to MEC, of the total number of institutions participating in this edition, 87% are private and 13% public. The majority (71.4%) are colleges, followed by university centers (16.5%), universities (10.1%) and the federal institutes and technological education centers (2%).

UFSC programs are rated higher than the national average

The IGC places UFSC as the best university in Santa Catarina, the only one to get the maximum grade (5) in the evaluation. Compared to other universities in Brazil, the programs assessed in the last cycle also stand out, with performance above the national average. Still based on the IGC, UFSC is the second best evaluated university in the south of the country.

The federal educational institutions achieved a better performance: 72 institutions were placed in band 4, out of the total 111 assessed (64.9%). Alongside UFSC, 14 other federal public universities achieved grade 5.

One of the characteristics of this ranking is that it assessed at least 17 undergraduate teaching degree programs. “From the calculation of the indicators, it is possible to measure the performance of recently graduated students and, consequently, assess the quality of the teacher training process,” says the MEC website. “The undergraduate teaching programs are going through substantive challenges related to the national guidelines and standards and persist in training professionals with quality and ethical commitment. This result makes us proud and motivates us to continue defending public education and quality teaching,” adds the Prorector.

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UFSC participates in Brazilian research on international cooperation

03/01/2023 11:16

The Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) published, last month, the 2021 Brazilian Cooperation for International Development (COBRADI) preliminary report, which included the participation of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC). Invited to speak in the launch event, UFSC was recognized as one of the federal public institutions with the best international cooperation practices, standing out in the fields of internationalization and educational and scientific cooperation.

“The COBRADI research has been carried out by Ipea since 2010 and, in this edition, it has included the participation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the collection of data on South-South cooperation. We decided to participate in the research due to the importance of knowing and disseminating the University’s contribution to international cooperation for development. In addition, the data obtained may support our institutional internationalization policy”, says the Director of International Relations at UFSC, Fernanda Leal.

Since its implementation, COBRADI has helped the Federal Government in the planning of its external actions, and, from 2022, the survey has become the official source of information on Brazil’s contributions to the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in other countries. The results are also regularly shared with the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), so that the Brazilian external expenditures on SDGs can be integrated with those of other countries, as well as with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), to help measure and quantify South-South Cooperation.

Ms. Leal observes that there are several methodological challenges involved in carrying out this research, mainly related to the fragmentation of internationalization data at the University. “However, through the collaboration of SINTER [Office of International Relations] with the International Relations program and the support from various University units, such as PROPESQ [Prorectorate for Research and Innovation], PROEX [Prorectorate for Outreach and Extension], the Internationalization Coordination Office at PROPG [Prorectorate for Graduate Studies] and the Personnel Training Coordination Office at PRODEGESP [Prorectorate for Personnel Management and Development], we have been able to advance and design a methodology that may even guide other HEIs that decide to participate in the next editions of the research.”

Professor Iara Leite, from the International Relations program, has been coordinating the data collection methodology and involving her students in the analyses. “The participation of students is essential to promote the curricularization of outreach at our university, including by carrying out classroom activities, and it would be interesting to take this model to other International Relations programs at universities that want to collect their data.”

“With the emergence of new evaluation indicators of graduate programs in Brazil, which begin to assess social impacts, we considered it important to involve the Graduate Program in International Relations too. This is happening through the outstanding participation of the master’s student Tayane Tjader Martins in the team, who is not only transforming data into information, but also developing a thesis on the subject”, adds Professor Leite.

For the Secretary for International Relations at UFSC, Luiz Carlos Pinheiro Machado Filho, the University’s participation in the 2021 COBRADI research is the result of the good practices carried out by various university units, as well as of the efforts made by SINTER’s staff to provide information to Ipea. “UFSC was one of the three federal higher education institutions (FHEIs) to be invited to speak in the event, represented by our administrative coordinator, Rafaela Céspedes. The evaluation of the institutions’ work fundamentally depends on the quality and quantity of the data made available. By innovating in the design of a methodology for collecting data from different sources, UFSC contributes to a better evaluation of the work carried out at the FHEIs”, he stresses.

“Precisely from 2022, the results of the COBRADI survey will guide the Brazilian Government in planning its external actions, being a reference for the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in other countries. The reliability of the data is of paramount importance for this purpose. An interesting data from the 2021 COBRADI report is the cost per full-time equivalent student at the FHEIs, which was R$ 21,936.29/year in 2021. Considering the quality of the education and the student assistance provided (university restaurant, scholarships, housing), it is an extremely low cost, which demonstrates the high efficiency of Brazilian public higher education”, adds the Secretary.


The 2021 COBRADI preliminary report consists of four chapters. The first presents an overview of the new research methodology and discusses the themes that represent methodological challenges for this year and the years to come. Essentially aimed at public policy makers and decision makers inside and outside the Brazilian Government, the second chapter is unprecedented compared to the previous editions of the report. It brings the main research data at an intermediate level of disaggregation, allowing a quick reading and understanding of the trends in Brazilian international cooperation in 2021.

The third chapter is aimed at the executors of cooperation actions and provides a maximum level of detail of the data collected, describing the Brazilian institutions, the cooperation initiatives and the types of cooperation. Finally, the fourth chapter is intended for all those interested in the topic of internationalization of Brazilian HEIs, particularly in the areas of mobility and international research networks.

More information about COBRADI and the preliminary report, which will be complemented with new data from UFSC until the end of January, are available on the Ipea website. SINTER also promoted a webinar on the University’s participation in the research, available here (in Portuguese).

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