The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), founded in 1960, the 10th best university of Brazil, according to the World University Rankings (2015), is a public, free, and comprehensive University. With more than 54,000 people, being 48,000 students, 2,400 professors and 3,000 staff, it combines academic excellency with social commitment, assigning, from 2015 on, 50% of its undergraduate seats to students from public schools and 10% to ethnic minorities. In 2009, UFSC created its first license degree to train public educators acting in rural areas. In 2011, it started an intercultural indigenous license degree for students from three Brazilian ethnic groups: Guarani, Kaingáng and Xokleng. Moreover, UFSC receives more than 800 international students per year with no fees or charges and offers free undergraduate places to 100 students from developing countries, including Haiti and East Timor. The current administration started, in 2012, a policy of strong commitment with social inclusion. The international affairs became oriented to solidarity towards developing countries from Latina America, Africa and Asia.
In agreement with this policy, the administration of UFSC gave full support to the present membership application.