History of Internationalization at UFSC

On 18 December 2020, the community of Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina celebrates 60 years of history. Founded in 1960, UFSC is currently present in Florianópolis, Joinville, Blumenau, Araranguá and Curitibanos.

With the goal of promoting teaching, research and outreach, UFSC delivers free and public education and is placed year after year among the best universities in Brazil. Internationally recognized, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate programs (of which about 10 are distance learning programs), as well as more than 80 master’s programs, 50 doctoral programs, and several graduate certificate programs – not to mention the delivery of primary and secondary education.

More important than these numbers is the fact that UFSC is a heritage of the State of Santa Catarina and is fully integrated with society. As a public, tuition-free and comprehensive university, UFSC is responsible for educating professionals who will make a difference in their fields.

Internationalization goes hand in hand with UFSC’s history, and, to celebrate its 60th anniversary, SINTER recovers the memory of our university’s internationalization.

We have prepared a series of actions that include the collection of historical records, relevant information, testimonials, and printed and digital materials to build up an internationalization timeline.

“The institutionalization of internationalization as one of the cornerstones of our Institutional Development Plan (2020-2024) can be seen as a historic milestone in our continuous and never-ending process of internationalization. From there, internationalization starts to be seen from a comprehensive perspective, in the sense that it now becomes everyone’s responsibility (Prorectors, Secretaries, Deans, Heads of Departments and Program Coordinators), informing the research, teaching, outreach and management activities in the University” – Lincoln P. Fernandes, former Secretary for International Relations.

UFSC: 60 years of excellence!

Gallery of Secretaries for International Relations







2004-2008: Nivaldo Cabral Kuhnen




1988-1992: Antônio Pedro Schlindwein


1985-1988: Danilo Freire Duarte



Teodoro Vahl


UFSC’s Internationalization Timeline


As part of the work developed, testimonials and messages from former SINTER’s staff were collected. We would like to share them here.

What is the importance of internationalization for UFSC?

“The recognition of UFSC by foreign researchers and students and also so that our students can get to know the reality of studying abroad.”

“It opens up the range of opportunities, both for UFSC and for other institutions, in terms not only of the rich experience of an exchange program, but also of envisioning possibilities lived in partner institutions.”

“I believe this is one of the most important reasons for its existence as a modern, active, innovative university that creates conditions to renew the critical mass of students upon their return to Campus.”

“Internationalization plays a crucial role for the University to become an environment that receives and provides experiences, knowledge and human resources at a global level, increasing its worldwide and local relevance resulting from the international cooperation activities.”


Leave your message here in celebration of UFSC’s 60th anniversary!

“Congratulations on the excellence of teaching, research and outreach.”

“UFSC is a powerhouse! Its possibilities are countless, its students are warriors and its faculty and staff are the gears of this great machine.”

“May UFSC continue its fight to be an inclusive, public, free university, with the same quality that is already its brand, that defends and executes projects committed to the necessary transformations for citizenship and concerned with the majority of the population.”

“May UFSC be strengthened and continue, with its very concrete presence in the lives of Santa Catarina residents, encouraging learning and research, collaborating and helping the community, and fulfilling the role that an educational institution of this size should play.”

“Congratulations on the beautiful trajectory and important role for society! We look forward to seeing great strides in the years ahead!”


Professor Antonio Schlindwein’s report

For the construction of this page, we carried out several surveys among SINTER’s former staff members in order to prepare a historical line as complete as possible.

Among these surveys, we obtained a rich report with details on several aspects of UFSC’s internationalization during the management of professor Antonio Schlindwein. Given the importance of this report, we created a page with the most relevant information shared by him.

You can also visit the commemorative website UFSC 60 anos.

Linha do Tempo (1960 – 2020)