Like the bigger cities in Brazil, Florianopolis also has a high literacy rate; with 93% of its population considered literate. This impressive figure can be basically attributed to the city’s educational institutions that impose high-standard education.
Included in these institutions are the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Complexo de Ensino Superior de Santa Catarina, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, Faculdade Estácio de Sá, and Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Santa Catarina among others. From these universities though, it is the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, abbreviated as UFSC, that is considered to be among the country’s best.
A public university, the institution translated in English as the Federal University of Santa Catarina, is ranked 4th of Latin America’s best universities by the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. It is also one of the region’s top research universities aside from being third of Brazil’s largest educational institutions.
Being the Santa Catarina’s only federal university, UFSC has also been the city and the state’s pride for its quality programs in engineering such as Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Control Engineering.
Established in 1962, the university caters to an average of 25,000 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate students each year.