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Quick Facts

  • Started in 2006
  • Tuition free
  • Two campuses
  • Undergraduate and graduate programs: 13,000 undergraduate & 1,400 graduate students (10% are international)
  • 100% of faculty hold a PhD degree
  • Interdisciplinary undergraduate bachelor degrees: high flexibility for students
  • THE Young Universities 2017: #150-#200 band
  • THE Millennial Universities 2017: #18 in the world
  • THE 2016-2017 (World): #601-#800 band
  • THE Latin America 2016: #18:LA; #9: Brazil; #5: BR Federal Universities
  • THE BRICS 2017: #167
  • U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings 2017: #4: Brazil; #9: LA;
  • #459: World; #6 World (international collaboration)
  • Nature Index 2016: #6 in Brazil
  • CWUR: 2015: #12 in Brazil, #914 worldwide
  • RUF (Brazilian ranking) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016: #1 in internationalization
  • INEP (Evaluation of HEI in Brazil) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016: Grade 5 (highest)

    About UFABC

    Interdisciplinarity

    The Federal University of ABC (UFABC, Brazil) was born in 2006 based on an innovative interdisciplinary pedagogical plan. It has no departments, forcing interaction among academic members from different backgrounds. Also, undergraduate freshmen are admitted into Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degrees, in Science & Technology and Humanities. At the core of the interdisciplinary experiences, students can enjoy the flexibility to build their pathways throughout the programs offered by the university, thus behaving as entrepreneurs of their own academic careers. Our main goal is to enhance independent thinking and courage to take risks.

    Social Inclusion

    At UFABC, social inclusion is practiced both as an act of responsibility and reduction of inequality, as an active process of identification and development of talents, promotion of diversity and plurality of ideas. From an inclusive perspective, and in its various levels, Education requires an interdisciplinary approach, involving different dimensions: political, legal, economic, cultural, technological and social. It is the responsibility, especially of public education, the embrace and development of inclusive education, aiming at the accessibility and surmounting several barriers that prevent equal opportunities: architectural, communicational, informational, methodological, instrumental, programmatic, and especially the attitudinal barrier.

    ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

    Academic excellence is one of the conceptual foundations of UFABC. Interdisciplinarity contributes to academic excellence, which is in turn a condition for social inclusion. Excellence is a fundamental characteristic to be fostered in a higher education institution which aims to achieve high levels of quality in teaching, research and outreach. The culture of academic excellence focused on the knowledge production is at the core of UFABC, with interdisciplinarity as a decisive element for the construction of a model that allows academic and curricular flexibility with high quality standards.

    Internationalization

    At UFABC, the purpose of internationalization is to integrate the university into the academic excellence world, targeting to become a world-class university. Connected to a strong emphasis in scientific research, UFABC has been acclaimed by its high quality education and high internationalization levels. In the last years also international rankings started to pay attention to us. The results and lessons learned so far are encouraging and might be followed and improved by other universities in the world.

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