The University climbed to top of Folha de S.Paulo ranking
PUCRS ranks as the best private higher education institution of Brazil, as per Folha de São Paulo University Ranking (RUF), compiled and published by Folha de S. Paulo on Sept 18. Among public and private institutions, it has moved up four positions from 22nd in 2016 to 18th in 2017. In terms of Research, the university climbed four positions too: from 24th to 20th. As for Internationalization, it ranks atop public and private universities in Rio Grande do Sul.
PUCRS’ President, Br. Evilázio Teixeira adds that PUCRS’ position in the list translates a clear strategic view that is shared by the members of the Institution, and this represents the initial steps to be taken in the process of transformation and renovation of the academic environment. As for the recognition granted to the university, he goes on to say that:
– The University has made huge investments in research, especially over the last 30 years. In the late 1980s, it initiated a program of faculty development which was intended to produce 1,000 Masters and PhDs by 2000. As of today, 95% of its faculty comprises Masters or PhDs. It has also encouraged the development of research, as it relies on more than 570 research structures (among groups, multidisciplinary teams, laboratories, centers and research institutes), that have been working on as many as 2,000 projects; more than 170 of such projects are being developed with international partners.
The good numbers achieved by PUCRS in 2017 go far beyond RUF. In the Times Higher Education list, it appears as the best private institution of RS. In the Campeãs da Inovação list, from Revista Amanhã, is has been considered the most innovative educational institution in the south of Brazil. It has ultimately won Unesco‘s prize Ojo de Plata, given by the Social Responsibility Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean.