WHERE WE ARE

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.

AN UNIVERSITY WITH A BRAZILIAN SOUL

PUCPR is a university that reflects the history of the people who makes the city of Curitiba and the state of Paraná: a beautiful mix of a predominantly European background enriched with large doses of local indigenous, African and Asian heritage and sprinkles of cultures from all parts of the world. The result of this amazing diversity is a truly Brazilian soul! Please bring your own experience and join us in our permanent quest for excellence in teaching, research, innovation, and social engagement.

ABOUT BRAZIL

 

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.

NATURAL RESOURCES
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.

ECONOMY
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.

INDUSTRIALIZATION
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.

AGRIBUSINESS DRIVES THE STATE

Paraná is one of the most important agricultural producers in Brazil, and one of the states with the highest industrialization level, important agricultural cooperative companies, industries of various sectors, strong commerce, and many higher education institutions.

ABOUT PARANÁ

 

INDUSTRIES
Paraná stands out for the performance of its industries related to raw materials and manufactured goods such as automobiles, foods, oil products, and biofuels. 

AGRICULTURE
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)

ENERGY PRODUCTION
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

FOREST WEALTH
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.  

GOOD FOR LIVING, GOOD FOR WORKING

Curitiba is the capital city of the state of Paraná and the largest in southern Brazil, where the main PUCPR campus is located. Currently, it is the most important economic hub in the state, and, just like the metropolitan region municipalities, hosts hundreds of medium and large-sized companies. The city is known for offering great career development opportunities and quality of life. With approximately 30 parks and forests that serve as places to enjoy leisure and sports, Curitiba has one of the best per capita green space rates in Brazil. The city also created pioneer recycling and sustainable waste management efforts in Brazil. Plus: the city’s public transportation is a world reference as its high-speed bus, which circulates in exclusive lanes, has served as inspiration for many cities around the world.

ABOUT CURITIBA


HISTORY
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”.

STRATEGIC POSITION
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).

ECONOMY
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.

JOB GENERATION
Curitiba ranks sixth among Brazilian capital cities in the number of formal jobs. Most employed people work in the service and trade sectores.

ABOUT MARINGÁ

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.

ABOUT LONDRINA

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.

ABOUT TOLEDO

The town of Toledo, located in western Paraná, is a leading grain producer in the state. Its population sums up to 130,000 inhabitants. Learn more about PUCPR Toledo Campus.

About Florence, Italy

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 Campus Florence.