Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
|Ars et Scientia
Motto in English
|Arts and Science
|Irineu Manoel de Souza
The Federal University of Santa Catarina (Portuguese: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, UFSC) is a public university in Florianópolis, the capital city of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.
Considered one of the leading universities in Brazil, UFSC is the 6th best university in Latin America in the ranking of Times Higher Education; the 23rd by QS World University Rankings, and was ranked as the 10th best institution of higher education in Latin America by the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. In the annual ranking of the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo, it is the 6th best Brazilian university, with courses being among the ten best in the country.
The structure of its campus comprises 11 Academic Schools (Centros de Ensino), divided by field of study. Every School is divided in departments, the largest one being the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The oldest school at UFSC is the School of Law. The Department of Law was the first of UFSC's departments to be officially recognized in 1932.