Unesc’s mission is "to educate through teaching, research and extension programs, in order to promote the quality and sustainability of our environment".
We strive to always be recognized as a University with excellence in professional training and excellence in teaching professional ethics to our citizens. While building scientific and technological knowledge we are forever committed to the social and environmental aspects of our mission.
In a plenary session on June 17th, 1997, the State Board of Education approved the transformation of Unifacri (Union of Colleges of Criciúma) into Unesc. As a mission, Unesc has defined: "promoting regional development to improve the environmental quality of life", having Fucri as its maintainer.
The management promoted by the rector of Unesc, Gildo Volpato - elected in 2009 by the academic community - has two principles: (1) excellence in teaching, research and extension programs, and (2) shared management that is participatory and decentralized.
Unesc believes that the research itself is a dimension of the University and the institution loses its meaning without it. Five major areas are encompassed in the research developed at Unesc: Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Math and Earth Sciences, Humanities and Applied Social Sciences.
Permanent projects develop extension activities for Unesc ‘s Academic Departments. These stimulate the academics and ensure that the institution remains relevant to the current market demands of our community. In addition to sports and cultural activities, Unesc offers 16 extension courses.
Harboring CAP Elementary and High School students within the university complex, provides these students access to the vast infrastructure of our institution. Additionally, exposing these students to a healthy variety of culture, sports and science. Among the many resources available to these students, they also have free access to Unesc's library, laboratories and the entire sports complex.
In UNESC’s communitarian world, there is space for innovation that benefits people. In this world, focused on social upwardness there is room for encouragement of research and knowledge, for multi-faceted ideas, for intelligence that makes life better. In UNESC’s communitarian way of thinking there is a special place for the word integration. Integration that means bringing people together, adding and sharing. The Iparque begins with these values: innovation, incentive, ideas, intelligence and integration to ward community service. In the Iparque, UNESC maintains four different institutes and a business program which comprise several innovation areas. These institutes and the incubator support and integrate projects installed within the Iparque.
The Agency of Development, Innovation and Technology Transference (Aditt) promotes the link between the University and the potential demands of society. It seeks to raise funds and transfer technology for regional and sustainable development of the institution.
Well -planned subjects, highly qualified professors, structured classrooms and laboratories are the components that make our courses so well respected by the Ministry of Education (MEC). Currently, in our university there are 36 undergraduate courses and 8 technological courses. All of them emphasize excellence in higher education. They are:
Architecture and Urbanism
Design – Bachelor
Design – emphasis on Product Design
Foreign Trade Administration
Modern Languages - Portuguese and English
Modern Languages - Portuguese and Spanish
Pedagogy – Degree
Since 1980, we have offered over 150 courses and since that time about 4000 students have earned their degree. Currently there are 6 courses offered in Law, 8 courses in Education, 5 courses in Business Management, 5 courses in Engineering and 5 in Health. In 2002, the University created its first Master in Environmental Sciences, which is recommended by the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (Capes). In 2004, two other Master’s programs which are recommended by Capes: Education and Health Sciences. In 2006, Capes approved the Ph.D. in Health Sciences in biomedicine. To find more information about our postgraduate courses please visit "Nossos Cursos" on the UNESC web site.
The International Relations Office plans, coordinates, directs and monitors the actions of partnerships and cooperation agreements with foreign educational institutions and organizations. It also offers international opportunities, exchange programs, internships and scholarships. As well, it offers a host family program and Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture courses for international students.
Unesc believes in the proper disposal of solid waste in our university environment. We focus on selective collection, recycling and composting, through the Education Program and Environmental Management. Our intention is to be a leader and a beacon to promote environmental awareness.