• Social Report PUCRS, São Lucas Hospital and Brains

    The 2019 Social Report presents the actions of PUCRS, São Lucas Hospital (HSL) and of the Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul (BraIns-RS), developed for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and society.

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The 2019 Social Report presents the actions of PUCRS, São Lucas Hospital (HSL) and of the Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul (BraIns-RS), developed for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and society. These actions are materialized in the form of teaching, research and several extension activities. A number of initiatives in health care and environmental preservation are also presented.

These three Marist Network enterprises reaf f irm the commitment towards innovation as well as local, regional and national development. This commitment is inspired by the values of the Marist Brothers, which are the legacy of Saint Marcellin Champagnat.

One of the strategic goals of PUCRS is to prepare the University community for the challenges of society. This goal is about the development of institutional leaders, managers, faculty, researchers, staff or students to play an active role in contemporary society by conducting a critical analysis of the existing scenario. These individuals will think up and implement strategies that consolidate the Institution as a University of excellence, thus contributing to innovation and the development of the country.

Continuing education ensures the continuous training of staff and more involvement with the principles of the Institution. It works on six pillars:

To effect changes in people’s lives and in society has always been the mission of PUCRS. In 2019, the University opened the Living 360°. Located at the heart of the Campus, the facility brings an innovative teaching proposal, offering a complete environment for socialization, exchanges, interaction and discoveries. Within the perspective of Learning Autonomy, 26 academic programs have been revisited. All the programs of the University are now embraced by seven Academic Schools.

Idear, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with the Science and Technology Park (Tecnopuc), has launched the Track StartUp. The goal is to include an entrepreneurial experience into the curriculum of the programs. This experience will have an impact on the attraction, retention and development of talents. It will also be a driving force to the generation of startups.

PUCRS is making every effort to consolidate itself as a research University. It is organized into eight thematic areas that guide the interdisciplinary efforts in order to investigate and find solutions to the complex problems of our society. The Institutional Project of Internationalization PUCRS-PrInt has been developed after being selected by Capes PrInt. The project focuses on the development of three priority areas: (1) Health in Human Development; (2) World in Motion: Individuals and Society; and (3) Technology and Biodiversity: Sustainability, Energy and the Environment. These areas embrace 14 cooperation projects involving 23 Graduate Programs of the University.

PUCRS now has around 11 Graduate Programs certified with international level of excellence (CAPES grades 6 and 7).

In line with a global trend, PUCRS has a world-class ecosystem of innovation, which is a reference in Latin America. Innovation and development are the pillars of its strategic positioning. Its actions of the University and society are developed in two fronts: a) it is connected to the academia through Rede Inovapucrs, and b) it is connected to society, businesses and government through Tecnopuc.

Tecnopuc has 3 laboratories open to entrepreneurs. They are: Tecnopuc FabLab, UsaLab and CriaLab. The latter has provided training to more than 1,000 people and developed more than 40 projects.

University extension embodies actions geared primarily towards the external community in the areas of health care, education, social work, inclusion, civic consciousness and local development, as well as the environment.

Law School’s Human Rights Advisory Service for Immigrants and Refugees (Sadhir) off ered more than 700 consultations to migrants and refugees.

The Pastoral and Solidarity Center, through its solidarity actions, has reached out to more than 800 people.

The model of assistance at PUCRS’ São Lucas Hospital (HSL) is intended to make it nationally and internationally recognized as a hospital of reference in the provision of assistance, personnel development (teaching), knowledge production (research) and management. These are areas that will make a contribution to the development of society.

The Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul – BraIns – provides support to life through innovation, teaching, research and assistance, with an eye to people’s health and wellness. In addition to high-impact research and diagnostic imaging assistance, BraIns served more than 300 students from public schools through Projeto Acerta.

A number of environmental actions are addressed in undergraduate curricula and in the Environmental Management Committee and in Project USE - Sustainable Energy Use, among other areas.

In addition to research, several other improvements have been made around Campus. The University is now responsible for the maintenance and conservation of these areas.

One of such developments is the bridge in front of the Science and Technology Museum, to improve traffic conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.