The University of Passo Fundo (UPF), the university of our community, was founded 50 years ago and it is one of the most important universities in the North of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Its practices are committed to the regional population, promoting a process of education which involves quality, science and ethics of its graduates. Thus, the university focuses on the qualification of its faculty, enabling the generation and spread of knowledge.
The presence of UPF in the region has changed destinies and brought social, economic, scientific and cultural development to more than 100 cities in the state, reaching a population of about 830.000 people.
Currently, the university has over 19.000 students, offering 60 undergraduate courses, 53 specialization courses, 15 master and 7 doctorate programs and 9 post-doctoral program, distributed in 12 Academic Units.
To create and disseminate knowledge so as to enhance the improvement of life quality of the community as well as the education of competent citizens, with critical, ethical and humanist attitude, able to act in order to transform society.