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Universidade Católica de Pernambuco

Catholic University of Pernambuco
Catholic University of Pernambuco
Coat of arms of the university
Motto Veritati et vitae
Motto in English True is vital
Established March 31, 1943[1]
Type Private, non-profit
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Chancellor Dom Pedro Rubens Ferreira Oliveira
Rector Aline Maria Grego
Vice rector Luciano José Pinheiro Barros
Academic staff 249[2]
Students 15,000[2]
Undergraduates 14,309[2]
Postgraduates 691[2]
Location Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Campus Urban

Grey and White

Sports Athletics, basketball, indoor soccer, handball, judo, karate, swimming, water polo, tennis, shoes table, volleyball, and chess

The Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Catholic University of Pernambuco, often abbreviated as Unicap) is a private and non-profit Catholic university, located in Recife, the capital of the State of Pernambuco. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Brazilian universities. It is maintained by the Society of Jesus.

The Catholic University of Pernambuco, created September 27, 1951 and recognized by the Federal Government through Decree 30,417 of January 18, 1952, originated from the first Catholic school in the region, the College of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters Manoel da Nóbrega, founded in 1943 by the Jesuit Province of the Northeast. In its development, the University met incorporation, aggregation or creation of Colleges, Institutes or School, to implement in 1974 the university reform, advocated by law, adopting the model homogeneous ternary Rectory, Centres and Departments. The Unicap today constitutes an educational complex, which offers, for a community of about 15,000 students, first-degree courses to graduate "in the strict sense." In the area of graduate students enroll in several courses, some 50,000 graduates of the institution over the years of uninterrupted activity.[3]

The Central Rectory. Aims to provide basic information support to teaching, research and extension. It has, on average, 15,000 registered users, including undergraduates, graduate, faculty and technical administrative personnel and alumni. Meets, on average, to 400,000 visits per year to the Library and performs more than 700,000 home loans per year and has an average frequency of 3,500 readers per day.[4]

The collection of free access to over 449,000 copies is composed of several collections, distributed on various floors of the Library, covering the areas of Social and Applied Sciences, Humanities, Linguistics, Literature and Arts, Exact and Earth, Health, Biological, and Agricultural Engineering. All works can be searched via the Internet.[5]

In 2010, the MEC took note 4, with 5 being the highest score. According to table of the MEC, footnote 4 is above the level required for institutions of higher education. "It is a seal of quality. Attests that we are a real university, one of the best in the country, "defined the rector, Pedro Rubens. This was the first time the University went through the process of institutional evaluation of MEC. The evaluators visited the university premises (classrooms, library, clinics, laboratories, offices, centers, departments etc). And heard leaders, teachers, students and staff.[6]

According to the MEC's system of proportional values, the most important criterion is "The policy for teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate), research, extension," which won the Unicap footnote 4. Other highlights of the assessment for the university was the policy of incentives for graduates (with the payment of grants and agreements for internships), the approval of trained law course in the examination of the Bar Association of Brazil (more than 60%), 33 Unicap research groups registered with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the program of scholarships for teachers and employees themselves.[7]

The Student Exchange Program offered by Unicap aims at giving students an academic experience, for one or two semesters in an IES national or international level, through agreements of mutual cooperation in education. This program has its origin in the directives of AUSJAL, Association of Universities entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America, which proposes the integration of students from Latin American Jesuit higher education institutions as complementary modality for their training. On the other hand, Unicap receives foreign students of IESs wishing to conduct graduate study for one or two periods.[8]


People during a test in Unicap.
Students in the Campus of Bela Vista.

Culture Collection of Catholic University of Pernambuco

Universidade Católica de Pernambuco maintains a microbial culture collection whose strains are qualified using the UCP epithet (for instance Cunninghamella elegans UCP 542).


  1. ^ Foundation Day
  2. ^ a b c d "Relatório de Administração" (in Portuguese). Unicap. 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  3. ^ History of Unicap
  4. ^ Central Library of Unicap
  5. ^ Library - Number of copies - Unicap
  6. ^ Level of Unicap
  7. ^ Unicap - Facts
  8. ^ National and International Study - Unicap

External links

  • (Portuguese) Official website

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