The history of Mackenzie Presbyterian University (MPU) dates from the 19th century, when Presbyterian missionaries founded, in Sao Paulo, the "American School". The foundation of the new school represented a turning point in Brazil. The school introduced a series of pioneering and innovative pedagogical and social practices. Among them, the end of racial discrimination in admissions (legally authorized by the government until then), the creation of mixed gender classes and the abolition of physical punishments.
In 1896, the School of Engineering was established by the inauguration of the "Mackenzie Building n°1". By this time, the first seeds of the University were sown. The new building gave birth to Mackenzie College that soon started to offer several courses. In 1952, after six decades of tradition in offering solid scientific formation, the Brazilian government granted the institution the condition of University. The contributions of the Institution to the socioeconomic and technological needs of country were recognized. In the following decades, Mackenzie became one of the biggest and most reputable universities in South America.
Nowadays Mackenzie is also the oldest private, communitarian and confessional university in Brazil. The main campus is located in downtown São Paulo, a metropolis with over 12 million inhabitants. The city generates more than US$ 220 billion a year. In this dynamic and full of opportunities environment, the university seeks to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. It guarantees institutional policies that aim at developing its undergraduate and graduate courses as well as applied research.
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Our 24 Graduate Courses (master and doctoral degrees) offer students a solid scientific and technological basis, aiming at the formation of highly qualified researchers and professors. Among many fields of research, it is important to mention only a few activities developed by our institution:
Historically, Mackenzie undergraduate courses have been characterized by the involvement in the Brazilian economic development. Our students can count on a high level of employability due "Mackenzie's historical connection to the market. The excellence in its 40 undergraduate courses comes from a highly qualified faculty, an up to date library with more than 500 thousand volumes, and the infrastructure of laboratories and facilities. Currently, MPU maintains academic partnerships with more than 120 foreign universities from all over the world.
Only a few Brazilian educational institutions can offer high quality recognized education from kindergarten to PhD level. Around 80 Non-degree Programs are regularly offered. They are also offered "in company", taking to businesses the opportunity of a continuous education oriented according to the demands of the market.
The mission of Mackenzie goes beyond teaching and research. It is part of its ethos the and for more than 140 years Mackenzie has been committed to the development of the whole person in an environment of Judeo- Christian worldview. As part of its mission, MPU offers many kinds of scholarships, including social and sporting scholarships.