UFSC is ranked 23th among the top universities in Latin America

17/11/2020 20:58

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) is ranked 23th among the best universities in Latin America, 8th  among Brazilian Universities and 4th among the federal education institutions in Brazil, according to the QS World University Rankings: Latin America 2021 published on 11 November by the British company QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

“Once more, UFSC is recognized by its competence, its faculty and staff, and its students’ quality on all education levels. To be among the best institutions in Latin America and the forth best among federal universities in Brazil is a source of great pride, and it reveals the certainty of how essential and fundamental we are to society”, says the Rector Ubaldo Cesar Balthazar.

>> Check UFSC figures according to the QS Top Universities

The Secretary for International Relations, Lincoln Fernandes, highlights that the results are consistent with the institutions’ efforts in seeking quality. “Again, this position in the QS World University Rankings shows that our University remains firm and resolute in fulfilling its mission of excellence and diversity. Despite the situation caused by the pandemic and the reduction of financial resources, we continue to work hard and remotely so that the Brazilian higher education continues to be recognized worldwide”, he stresses.

The Universidade de São Paulo (USP) is the best ranked in the country, taking second place in the ranking, followed by the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), in fifth place. Among the federal universities, the Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro ranks ninth, the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 15th and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul 19th.

>> View the complete ranking HERE

The ranking analyzed 400 institutions in 20 Latin American countries and at the top of the list is the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Institutions were evaluated based on 11 indicators: academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%), faculty to student ratio (10%), staff with PhD (10%), international research network (10%), citations per papers (10%), papers per faculty (5%) and web impact (5%).

1 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile
2 Universidade de São Paulo (USP) Brazil
3 Tecnológico de Monterrey Mexico
4 Universidad de Chile Chile
5 Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) Brazil
6 Universidad de los Andes Colombia
7 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Mexico
8 Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) Argentina
9 Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Brazil
10 Universidad Nacional de Colombia Colombia
11 Universidad de Concepción Chile
12 Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) Brazil
13 Universidad de Antioquia Colombia
14 Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) Chile
15 Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) Brazil
16 Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Peru
17 Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) Brazil
18 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Colombia
19 Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do Sul (UFRGS) Brazil
20 Universidad de Costa Rica Costa Rica
21 Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) Argentina
22 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso Chile
23 Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) Brazil
24 Universidad Adolfo Ibàñez Chile
25 Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) Mexico

View the full list of 400 Latin American institutions on the QS Top Universities website.


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UFSC extends suspension of in-person activities until 22 May 2021

11/11/2020 19:56

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) has extended the suspension of its on-campus teaching activities at all education levels until 22 May 2021. The new deadline was established by the Ordinance no. 379/2020/GR, published last Monday, 9 November.

The suspension is for any on-campus academic activity, including meetings and defenses, as well as for the in-person technical and administrative activities on all UFSC campuses, except for health, security and other urgent and essential services. The remote learning activities remain authorized in this period.

All exceptional support and assistance programs from the Prorectorate for Student Affairs (PRAE), the Prorectorate for Undergraduate Studies (PROGRAD) and the Prorectorate for Graduate Studies (PROPG), offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are also extended.

The new deadline may be changed upon occurrence of new events.

The Normative Ordinance no. 371/2020/GR of 28 August 2020 is revoked by Ordinance no. 379/2020/GR.

UFSC Health and Education subjects stand out in international ranking

03/11/2020 20:28

The Times Higher Education (THE) has published on Wednesday, 28 October, the results of the World University Rankings 2021 by Subject, listing the broad areas with the best performances in the top universities in the world. The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) was one of the 1.512 universities evaluated and it was best ranked in the areas of Health and Education. In both subjects, UFSC was ranked 301-400 overall and was among the eight best universities in Brazil.

The THE is a British magazine that publishes news and articles related to higher education. Annually, THE releases one of the most comprehensive, balanced and reliable set of rankings in the world. The rankings are based on 13 indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. In the last edition, published in September, UFSC was placed among the eight best universities in the country.

“The importance of this type of ranking for institutional strategic planning should be highlighted. They serve as points of orientation so that we can identify our strengths and work with those areas of knowledge that need closer attention. Undoubtedly, internationalization plays a key role in strengthening these areas by choosing strategic partnerships, for example”, says the Secretary for International Relations at UFSC, Lincoln Fernandes.

See how UFSC was ranked in all subjects:

  • Ranked 301-400 in Education
  • Ranked 301-400 in Clinical & health
  • Ranked 401-500 in Arts & humanities
  • Ranked 501+ in Psychology
  • Ranked 501-600 in Business & economics
  • Ranked 501-600 in Social Sciences
  • Ranked 601-800 in Computer science
  • Ranked 601-800 in Engineering
  • Ranked 601-800 in Life sciences
  • Ranked 801-1000 in Physical sciences

To view the full results of the THE University Rankings 2021 by Subject, click here.

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UFSC is among the 8 best universities in Brazil, according to international ranking

09/09/2020 13:46

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) is among the eight best Higher Education Institutions in Brazil, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) international ranking, published on 2 September.  This is considered one of the main university rankings in the world.

UFSC is ranked in the 601-800 band in the overall ranking and, in comparison to last year’s edition, it has maintained its position in all aspects. Five other Brazilian universities are ranked in the same band ‒ Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp), Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS) and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). In the first and second position among Brazilian universities are, respectively, the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), ranked 201-250, and the Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp), ranked 401-500.

Although the universities are ranked in bands after the 200th position, the Secretary for International Relations at UFSC, Lincoln Paulo Fernandes, explains that the results, when analyzed, place UFSC as the fifth best higher education institution in the country, and the third best among federal universities. “In 2016, we started to analyze the methodologies and the indicators of these university ranking systems and we observed that there are specific criteria for each of these rankings. In regard to the THE ranking, analyzing the results of 2021, we could see that, among the federal universities, UFSC is only behind UFRGS and UFMG. The first two are state universities of São Paulo. So we are very happy to say that, according to this ranking, UFSC is the third best federal university in Brazil”, highlights Fernandes.

The ranking evaluated more than 1,500 universities from 93 countries. It is based on 13 indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The University of Oxford, in England, was ranked the best university in the world for the fifth consecutive year.

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UFSC extends suspension of in-person activities until 31 December

01/09/2020 18:08

Last Friday, 28 August, the Central Administration of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) has announced that the university’s in-person academic and administrative activities will remain suspended until 31 December.

According to the Ordinance no. 371/2020, on-campus teaching activities at all levels and of all types remain suspended. The ordinance authorizes remote learning at UFSC, under the rules set out in Normative Resolution no. 140/2020/CUn.

Any other in-person academic activities, such as defenses, recruitment examinations and meetings, as well as the in-person technical and administrative activities, except for health, security and other urgent and essential services, are also suspended on all UFSC campuses until 31 December.

The document stresses, however, that these measures may be changed upon occurrence of new events.

To read the Ordinance no. 371/2020, click here.

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University Council decides that remote learning will start on 31 August

24/07/2020 18:17

On 21 July, the University Council (CUn) of Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) approved the Exceptional Supplementary Calendar, which will be in force at UFSC as the university transitions to remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The CUn has decided that there will be a period of five weeks of preparation for the resumption of the academic semester, which is scheduled to restart from 31 August. The semester will last 16 weeks and is expected to end between 14 December-19 December.

The University Council discussed the Draft Resolution regarding the resumption of learning in a session that lasted three days, starting on 17 July and totalling more than 20 hours. All the session videos are available on Youtube.

Exceptional Supplementary Calendar

Following the publication of the Resolution in the University’s Official Gazette, the Student Administration Department (DAE) will prepare the final draft of the Calendar.

The university community will have five weeks to prepare for the resumption of the semester after the Resolution is published. During this period, the Academic Programs and Departments will make their arrangements concerning the course syllabi and the selection of courses to be offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as the procedures for enrollment cancellation and leave of absence. Other measures to be taken during the period include training for the use of digital learning technologies and the implementation of policies for access to equipment and Internet resources.

The remote semester will last 16 weeks. The dates for the academic break and the beginning of the 2020.2 academic semester are to be confirmed.


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UFSC coordinates development of vaccine for the new coronavirus

17/07/2020 18:32

The development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine will be coordinated by the researchers André Báfica and Daniel Mansur, both from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC). The funding for the project is from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), which released a call for proposals on ‘Research to confront COVID-19, its consequences, and other severe acute respiratory syndromes’, whose results were announced on 7 July. The project is a partnership between UFSC faculty and researchers from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), as well as from the Instituto Butantan (Brazil) and the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden).

The proposal is to produce a recombinant BCG: to take advantage of the BCG vaccine platform (an old and safe vaccine) for the new coronavirus by expressing proteins that induce an effective immune response against SARS-CoV-2 for a longer period of time. “One of the recent findings in the (medical) literature is that immune responses against this virus also involve T lymphocytes cells, such as CD4 and CD8. With a recombinant BCG, we assume that there will be induction of this type of response. If this is true, when we look into the future, we would have a double vaccine in the same injection, which would act against tuberculosis and against COVID-19, and children would take it when they are still in hospital. Clearly, this is a long way off. We are in the early stages, drawing the targets from a molecular point of view” explained Professor Báfica. “In a conversation with researchers from Australia, I just learned that mixing BCG with purified SARS-Cov-2 proteins increases the immune response against the virus. This preliminary data indicates that we are on the right track.”

The expectation is that the first experiments will be carried out in January 2021. “Initially, we will work on the vaccine vectors. This first part, constructing the recombinant bacteria, takes about six months to be completed. Then we need to test whether this vaccine prototype induces an immune response against the coronavirus. We have some ways to measure it, for example, whether the vaccine induces neutralizing antibodies against the viruses that are circulating in our region”, said the researcher.

In parallel to these investigations, the researchers will look at the basic science in the dynamics of the immune response: what antibodies have been generated and where they bind. “For the virus to enter the human cell, it needs a receptor, a kind of molecular binding. What do we want with a vaccine? That the antibodies block this binding, so it won’t infect the cell. The neutralizing antibodies have high affinity for these virus proteins”, explains Báfica. “The pro of using BCG is that it is a vaccine administered to 500 million people a year around the world. If the first goal of the project works according to plan, the vaccine will express virus proteins in a safe vector and, in our hypothesis, it will induce a more efficient T-cell response than some of the vectors that are circulating around. However, to be really sure of it, we need to test it, this is science”, points out the Professor.

The funding approved by CNPq will provide for technological development grants to support the research groups. The Santa Catarina State Foundation for the Support of Research and Innovation (FAPESC) will open a Call for Applications to award graduate scholarships and postdoctoral grants to those receiving the CNPq funding in the state. “The funding will establish a platform to develop these vaccines here at UFSC, and it will involve advanced training in molecular biology, immunology, virology and microbiology for the people who will be selected”, explains the researcher.

The funds allocated by CNPq will not guarantee a complete biosafety level III (BSL-3) laboratory – the lack of laboratories and funding obstructed research on the new coronavirus. From R$ 2 million, the amount has been reduced to R$ 1.7 million, and it still needs to be shared with partner institutions. “The experiments with the vaccine require a BSL-3 laboratory. We won’t have a complete BSL-3 laboratory, but a good part of it. We have yet to attract resources to purchase one last equipment, and we are doing this by applying for funds from other agencies”, said Báfica, who recently visited the new building of the School of Biological Sciences (CCB). A company specialized in BSL-3 laboratories, approved by the Ministry of Health, has already analyzed the space destined for the facility in the building. The new laboratory would also enable UFSC to advance in other science aspects. “It will be a facility built with public money and it can contribute with other biomedical research projects, as well as provide a faster response for our society”, concluded the researcher.

By Caetano Machado ‒ Agecom/UFSC | Translated by SINTER/UFSC

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UFSC is ranked 9th best university in Latin America

10/07/2020 18:31

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) moved from the 12th to the 9th position in the Latin America University Rankings 2020, published by Times Higher Education (THE). Among the top 10 universities in Latin America, UFSC was ranked the 3rd best Brazilian federal university, behind the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp), both tied at the 5th position.

In this year’s edition of the ranking, Brazil has seven out of the top 10 universities in Latin America. In 2019, it had six. Among the Brazilian institutions, UFSC is the only one from the South region.

“Since the beginning of our administration, our work has always been focused on improving the quality of UFSC. And this is being done in an environment of budget restrictions and reductions and attacks on public universities. I have never had doubts about the capacity of our faculty, the dedication of our staff and the competence of UFSC in research, teaching and outreach. We are all very proud of this growth”, said the Rector Ubaldo Cesar Balthazar.

The top 10 Universities in Latin America

1 – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
2 – Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil
3 – Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil
4 – Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico
5 – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil *
5 – Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp), Brazil *
7 – Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil
8 – Universidad de Chile, Chile
9 – Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil
10 – Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), Brazil
*Both universities are ranked 5th.

Times Higher Education uses 13 performance indicators to evaluate the universities, including teaching (learning environment), internationalization, innovation, research volume and citations (research influence). The methodology is the same used in the THE World University Rankings, but the weightings have been recalibrated to reflect the characteristics of Latin America’s universities.

Further information:
Latin America University Rankings 2020
UFSC performance in the Times Higher Education Rankings

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Official Announcement: UFSC will not resume on-campus learning in 2020

30/06/2020 13:11

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), aware of Ordinance no. 447/2020 enacted by the State Health Department (SES), announces that on-campus learning will not be resumed in 2020, while there are still no adequate sanitary and epidemiological conditions that can guarantee the safety of the university community.

Bearing in mind the university autonomy, guaranteed by the Constitution, as well the Ordinance no. 544/2020 enacted by the Ministry of Education, and based on current studies carried out by its scientific community, UFSC will be favoring remote learning, which will be regulated according to the University Council’s decision scheduled for 17 July.

Any resumption will be done gradually, cautiously and respectfully. The university will not resume in-classroom learning before an effective vaccine or medication is available to everyone. We are more than 40 million people at UFSC, a population that would certainly have a major impact on public health systems if on-campus classes were resumed without the proper epidemiological indications. Therefore, there is no expected date for on-campus return.

UFSC Central Administration

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UFSC is ranked 15th among Brazilian Universities in Sustainable Development Ranking

25/06/2020 20:11

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) was ranked 15th overall among the 30 Brazilian Universities which participated in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020. The Impact Rankings assess universities against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. This was the first time that UFSC participated in the ranking, and it was ranked 301-400th worldwide.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comparisons across three broad areas: research, outreach and stewardship. In 2020, the list includes 768 universities from 85 countries. In the Overall Ranking, the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, had the best performance, followed by the University of Sydney and the Western Sydney University, both in Australia. Among the Brazilian universities, the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) had the best performance.


A university’s final score in the overall ranking is calculated by combining its score in SDG 17 with the score in three other SDGs selected by the institution. The SDG 17 ‒ Partnerships for the Goals looks at the broader ways in which universities support the SDGs through collaboration with other countries, the promotion of best practices and the publication of data. It accounts for 22% of the overall score, while the other SDGs carry a weight of 26% each. This means that different universities are scored based on a different set of SDGs.

Among Brazilian Universities, regarding performance against SDG 17, UFSC was ranked 17th. In the SDG 3 ‒ Good Health and Well-Being, it was ranked 10th; in the SDG 4 ‒ Quality Education, it got the 7th place; and in the SDG 12 ‒ Responsible Consumption and Production, it had the 5th best performance in the country.

See the complete ranking results here.

For further information about UFSC’s participation, access the UFSC Sustentável website.

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