Santa Catarina State University - Udesc was established in 1965 multi campus structured and focused in culture and socioeconomic profile of any region where Udesc has facilities.
Udesc offers free education through 55 undergraduate, 30 Master's and 12 Doctoralgraduate programs and its 12 Colleges in nine cities around Santa Catarina State. Over 15 thousand students within fields of health, engineering, education, art and business administration with goals contributing to development of the Santa Catarina State and Brazil.
Evaluation of Ministry of Education of Brazil ranked Udesc as the 4th best state university in Brazil and 18th overall among 192 evaluated.
Udesc team teachers is highly qualified. Over 95% of teachers are masters and doctors - these, 10% participated in post-doctoral training.
Aimed at the full development of academic activities and practices of their students, Udesc offers complete infrastructure, such as libraries and laboratories, in all its units.
The research developed by Udesc generates a high-level knowledge production personnel and professional performance, and help to solve specific problems, thereby addressing social demands.
There are 142 groups certified by the National Research Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), divided into eight major subject areas: Agricultural Sciences, Biological, Health, Exact and Earth Sciences, Humanities, Applied Social, Engineering, and Linguistics, Literature and Arts.
Udesc invests R$ 1.8 million per year through the Program to Support Research (PAP), in partnership with the Foundation for Research and the State of Santa Catarina Innovation (Fapesc), in addition to providing undergraduate research scholarship and promote an annual seminar in the area.
Udesc also has other advantages, such as the Veterinary Hospital (CAV - Lages City), School of Physiotherapy Clinic (Cefid - Florianópolis City), Museum of Santa Catarina School, The University Publisher, the Copyright Office and three FM radio stations instaled inside the Florianópolis', Joinville's and Lages' Campus.
Udesc was founded on 20th May 1965, by an act of State Government. By the year of 1963 was created the College of Education Science, it was the seed of Udesc, and was also the first undergraduate course of pedagogy in Brazil with the aim of driving the development of Santa Catarina State.
One year later, 1964, with the idea of filling a gap of qualified professionals in the field of Administration in Santa Catarina State, was created the College of Business and Administrative (Esag). The idea was to grow up the research in this field, administration and management. At the same year, started to work in Joinville, north of Santa Catarina State, the Joinville College of Engeneering (CCT). It was one of the first efforts of leading the undergraduated level to the interior of the state, forming people with a great technical capability in order to support the industrial development and growing.
By the year of 1972, in Lages, the Veterinary College (CAV) had the authorization to work, and then giving support to tis important and primaru sector of State economy.
In 1973 the School of Physical Education (Cefid) was created with the aim of preparing teachers to execute the activities of teaching and sporting at the educational school, public and privates.
In 1985 started to work the Center of Arts (Ceart), which had incorporated the course of artistic education, until that time offered by College of Education Science (Faed).
Until 2004 there were three campi, Florianópolis, Joinville and Lages. But in 2004 was established the new campi in west of State with the administrative seat in the city of Chapecó (CEO).
By the year of 2007 one more campus has the activities initiated in the city of Ibirama (Ceavi) and in 2008 one more campus in Laguna (Ceres). In 2010, Udesc created a new other important campus, in Balneário Camboriu (Cesfi). In this sense, the university plays an important role in the development of State of Santa Catarina.
During all these years, Udesc has developed activities toward to the growing of the regions and mainly the cities in which it is insert. As a public university, with a standard in excellence, nationally recognized, Udesc is actually the “Santa Catarina´s citizens University”, keeping the compromise with the development of our land and our people.