The University of Brasilia was created in 1962 following the joint vision of the anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro and the educator Anísio Teixeira. Its conception came from the same revolutionary spirit that gave rise to the federal capital, Brasília: to renew the methods of learning and to teach towards the future.
It has 26 institutes and colleges, with 53 departments. It offers 136 face-to-face undergraduate course, 86 master's degree courses and 68 doctoral degree courses. It also offers distance learning degrees and specializations for more than 20 municipalities, in the five regions of Brazil, through the Open University of Brazil.
UnB is stimulating and strongly supporting the research–development–innovation triad. For decades, the university’s Innovation Agency has had a key role in developing entrepreneurship and innovation through national and international partnerships. UnB has outstanding scientific indicators, reinforcing its position as a bona fide member of the international academic community. In the last five years, 3,558 research projects were undertaken at UnB, generating opportunities for scientific exchange and participation in international networks. The university also stands out for its scholarly output.
The Student Assistance Policy seeks to expand the conditions for access and permanence of young people at the University. To prevent student dropout in a situation of social and economic vulnerability, strategies for social inclusion, democratization of access, permanence and quality academic training are designed.
More than 50 thousand people circulate daily on "Darcy". The campus, which houses dozens of institutes and faculties, has nearly 700 laboratories, hospitals and a University Restaurant. It is also where the University Student House, the functional apartments at Colina and the Olympic Center sports complex are located.
The Central Library (BCE) operates on the Darcy Ribeiro campus and is responsible for maintaining and organizing the University's largest collection of bibliographic research items. In addition to having collective study spaces, BCE provides individual and group study rooms. It is also possible to borrow study and research materials.
At the University of Brasília, psychological support is headed by the Health Care Board of the University Community (Dasu/DAC). The board brings together the main initiatives on the subject at the University and serves all segments of the university community. It is also possible to find help at the Psychological Studies and Service Center. There is a hospital on the Darcy Ribeiro campus.
Four campuses, 12 institutes, 14 faculties, 53 departments and 16 centers make up the academic structure of the University of Brasília (data from 2014). In addition to these units, dozens of centers and laboratories dedicated to teaching and research practices.
In addition to these structures, UnB has the Água Limpa Farm (FAL). 28 km away from Campus Darcy Ribeiro, the site has more than 4.3 thousand hectares destined to environmental preservation and academic production.
The campuses are:
Promoting leisure and well-being on the four campuses of the University of Brasília is a permanent objective of the Sports and Leisure Department. For this, the unit leads and supports initiatives aimed at students, professors, technicians and employees of the institution. The Sports and Leisure Coordination (CEL) publishes an annual sports calendar and announces actions in UnB's media.
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