The Federal University of Santa Catarina UFSC is a public university located in Florianópolis city, capital of the state of Santa Catarina – Brazil. Founded in 1960, it aims to promote teaching, research and extension, the Brazilian term for Third Mission. Besides the Main Campus, UFSC, as called in Portuguese, has also campus in four other cities: Araranguá, Curitibanos, Joinville and Blumenau. In the 1980s, there was an expansion of graduate and research programs, a decisive participation in the strengthening of technological centers in the state of Santa Catarina, and an increasing engagement in
extension projects to meet the society needs.
UFSC has 15 centers that cover a wide spectrum in the field of professional formation, offering 118 undergraduate courses and 131 graduate courses that currently serve a universe of more than 46 thousand students. To meet this demand, the University has the collaboration of 2,300 teaching staff
and 3,200 technical administrative staff in education.
UFSC offers more than 7,000 places for graduate courses: 76 masters, and 55 PhD courses. It has a high level of qualification, recognized as one of the best universities in Brazil. Times Higher Education survey placed our institution as the 12th in Latin America and 3rd among the federal universities of
Brazil. This position increases the commitment of our staff to maintain the excellence in research and extension. In the technological domain, one of the most advanced of the institution, UFSC offers 31 undergraduate courses; most of them are nationally recognized as one of the best. Our university is also aligned to international cooperation. We have more than 300 cooperation agreements with prestigious institutions around the world, exchanging students and lectures, or joining researchers from different areas, working under a scientific and technological collaboration.
Regarding Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, UFSC – together with Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) – has established the strategic automotive network called AWARE, fostering the development of research and education programs in the automotive field, involving the creation of an international graduate program, besides some projects addressed to road and transportation security. The results achieved by this cooperation have been important for all institutions involved, which can be proved by the number of exchanges of researchers and students and by the work developed at undergraduate and graduate levels. The edition of this book is also proof of the success of this collaboration between our institutions. Finally, I emphasize the potential of UFSC for technological research and internationalization, while thanking the responsible teams for their great efforts and efficient work.
Prof. Dr. Ubaldo Cesar Balthazar