Its nucleus of origin is the Escola Paulista de Medicina, whose foundation dates back to 1933 and which was supported by private resources and government subsidies until federalization in 1956.
On the way to its consolidation as a full university, Unifesp has expanded its faculty by the admission of professionals holding at least a PhD degree and has begun offering new undergraduate courses based on modern pedagogical projects and allowing for greater curricular flexibility. For 48 out of the total of 55 undergraduate courses currently available, access is linked to the Unified Selection System (SiSU), which sets the approval criteria on the score obtained through the National High School Exam (ENEM).
Traditionally recognized as an institution specialized in health sciences, Unifesp is responsible for the training of qualified human resources and the development of scientific research in health. Its core is the Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM), whose foundation dates back to 1933 and was supported by private funds and government subsidies until its federalization in 1956. With the enactment of Law No. 8957 in 1994, EPM turned into a federal university, keeping the courses in Medial Science, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, Speech Therapy and Ophthalmic Technology - which now integrates the Health Technologies.
Unifesp´s International Office promotes the internationalization of undergraduate courses, offering students the opportunity of discovering about other cultures through mobility programs. Students who come to Unifesp will get a different academic knowledge, besides the research practices and the professional activities, enhance the personal and academic perspectives, and enjoy the Brazilian culture.
Starting in 2005, with the support of local governments and funds from the federal government's expansion program, Unifesp implemented new units in municipalities close to São Paulo. The new campuses – called Baixada Santista, Diadema, Guarulhos, São José dos Campos and Osasco – assumed responsibility for organizing areas of knowledge that include, among others, the exact, human, applied environmental and social sciences. On the São Paulo Campus are located the Escola Paulista de Medicina and the Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, which represent the historical core of the institution.
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