PUCPR is located in four cities across the state of Paraná, Brazil: Curitiba, Londrina, Maringá, and Toledo; plus, an international campus in Florence, Italy.
The beautiful and vibrant main campus is in Curitiba, Paraná and is shared daily by a community of around 40,000 people, including students, faculty, researchers, and staff.
POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
Brazil is composed of five regions: North, Northeast, Central-West, Southeast, and South. PUCPR is located in the South region – the smallest in area, but the one with the best socioeconomic indicators.
Biodiversity in Brazil is among the richest in the world. The Amazon Rainforest, the Brazilian Wetlands, and the Atlantic Forest are some of the Brazilian biomes.
Brazil is the ninth-biggest* world economy, according to the World Bank. The country is a large producer and exporter of such mineral and agricultural commodities as iron, soy, coffee, and sugar cane. *Data from 2015.
The most industrialized regions of Brazil are the South and the Southeast. Some of our industry highlights are food and beverage, oil products and biofuels, automobiles, metal minerals, chemical products, and metallurgy.
Paraná stands out for the performance of its industries related to raw materials and manufactured goods such as automobiles, foods, oil products, and biofuels.
The top agricultural products are soy, corn, and sugar cane. Paraná is also one of the largest grain producers in Brazil,* producing approximately 20 percent of the national production. *Data from 2013. Source: National Supply Company (Conab)
Around 85 percent* of the electricity used in Brazil comes from renewable sources. Hydraulic generation stands for 70% of the national energetic grid. The Itaipu Power Plant, one of the biggest hydroelectric power plants in the world, is located in Paraná. Its production capacity is 14,000 megawatts. Since it started operating in 1984, the power plant has produced enough energy to supply for the entire planet for more than a month. *Source: National Energy Balance 2013
The araucária tree – also called pinheiro-do-paraná-is the symbol tree of the state. The pine nuts, a seed produced by this tree in winter, is the main food source for the area´s gralha-azul bird. This bird has the habit of burying these seeds, helping disseminate the araucária tree.
Curitiba is a young city, founded in 1693. Its name originated in the Guarani language, spoken by the local indigenous people, and It means “lots of pine trees”.
Curitiba locations is favorable to business. São Paulo, the largest economic center of Brazil, is 400km away. The city is an entrance to three Mercosur countries (Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay).
Curitiba ranks fifth among Brazilian municipalities, representing 1.5% of the national Gross Development Product (GDP). In 2013, the Brazilian GDP reached over BRL 79 billion.
Curitiba ranks sixth among Brazilian capital cities in the number of formal jobs. Most employed people work in the service and trade sectores.
Maringá is the third largest city in the state of Paraná and one of the 50 best cities to live in Brazil, according to the 2016 United Nations raking. Learn more about PUCPR Maringá Campus.
Londrina is the fourth most populous city in southern Brazil, with nearly 600,000 inhabitants. Londrina is a hub for regional and national development and the campus focuses on activities related to the agribusiness. Learn more about PUCPR Londrina Campus.
Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and has about 380,000 inhabitants; its metropolitan area has about 1.5 million. A center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Historic Center of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture, and monuments. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Learn more about PUCPR Florence at KSU.
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