Universidade de Caxias do Sul - UCS is a Brazilian higher education institution that belongs to the community. Its activities cover directly the Northeastern region of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which is located in the southernmost part of the country. It is part of Fundação Universidade de Caxias do Sul, which is an affiliate member of "Consórcio das Universidades Comunitárias Gaúchas" - COMUNG (an association joining community higher education institutions in the state of Rio Grande do Sul); a member of "Associação Brasileira das Universidades Comunitárias" - ABRUC (an association joining community higher education institutions in Brazil) ; of the "Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Brasileiras" - CRUB (the Council of Presidents of Brazilian Universities); and to the "Fórum das Instituições de Ensino Superior Gaúchas" (Forum of Higher Education Institution in Rio Grande do Sul).

Internationally, UCS is a member of the "Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa" - AULP (Association of Portuguese-speaking Universities); the "Organização Universitária Interamericana" - OUI.

Founded in 1967, Universidade de Caxias do Sul is the oldest university in the region. It was built upon a collective effort of the community and it is still run according to the commitment and engagement of different segments of society who believe in higher education as a source for social development. They are represented in the board of directors of the supporting Foundation by public authorities - from city, state and federal level - and by entities representing civil society groups.

As a community institution, UCS keeps a permanent dialog with the society. Its interests are the same of the community's and the result of its actions is completely reinvested on the qualification of the institution itself.

In its support and incentive for academic, scientific and cultural exchange programs, UCS has signed more than 200 agreements with renowned educational and research institutions both in Brazil and abroad.

With its activities aimed at teaching, researching, innovation and extension, UCS has units distributed through nine towns around Caxias do Sul, reaching approximately 1 million inhabitants, Its Main Campus is located in the city of Caxias do Sul, which is an industrial pole of development renowned all over the country. The other campuses are located in Bento Gonçalves, Vacaria, Canela, Farroupilha, Guaporé, Nova Prata and São Sebastião do Caí.

With an emphasis on undergraduate and graduate programs, UCS is responsible for the academic qualification of approximately 70 thousand professionals, who have the opportunity of specializing by taking one of the Master's and Doctorate's Programs available at the institution in the most varied areas of knowledge. All undergraduate and graduate programs are assessed and recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

Research, innovation, and technological development are intrinsic to academic routine and they serve as basis for the regular and extension programs. Hundreds of professors and graduate students are involved in innovation and research projects aimed at the production of new knowledge and ideas that will be transformed into products, processes, cultural goods, and innovative practices that will contribute for social, cultural, and scientific advance.

Tradução: Profa. Cristina M. Pescador
Revisão: Prof. Alexandre Foch Severo da Silva

President: Gelson Leonardo Rech - reitoria@ucs.br
Vice-President - Asdrúbal Falavigna 
Dean of Undergraduate Studies - Terciane Ângela Luchese
Dean of Research and Graduate Studies - Everaldo Cescon
Dean of Innovation and Technological Development - Neide Pessin

Universidade de Caxias do Sul
Main Campus: Rua Francisco Getúlio Vargas, 1130 - CEP 95070-560 - Caxias do Sul - RS - Brazil
Phone/Facsimile number: (55) (54) 3218-2100