The University of the Sinos Valley (UNISINOS) is a private Jesuit university founded in 1969. The main campus of UNISINOS is located in São Leopoldo which is about 18 miles from the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre.
UNISINOS has 70 undergraduate courses, 19 academic master’s, six professional master’s and 14 doctorates, in which more than 400 research projects are developed across six schools: polytechnic, business, law, health, creative and humanity.
The aim is to be a global research university by 2025. UNISINOS has been developing strategic partnerships with companies and universities in Brazil and across the world. These relations have strengthened research and scientific cooperation between students and professors. Through the technological institutes, UNISINOS also shows leadership in expanding knowledge to be applied to several industrial sectors.
UNISINOS is ranked among the best private undergraduate universities and the second best private university in Brazil.
UNISINOS is home to TECHNOSINOS, a technological park comprising 75 companies from 10 different countries including the South Korean HT Micron and the German SAP Labs Latin America. These companies offer a total of 6,000 different jobs. In 2010 and 2014, ANPROTEC (National Association of Entities Promoting Innovative Ventures) voted TECHNOSINOS to be the best technological park in Brazil.
It is known for its innovative initiatives including natural environment sustainability, social Christian humanism research and its 13 social justice projects involving the local community.
The university is also home to Rio Grande do Sul’s Museum of Geological History which stores and displays samples of rocks, minerals and fossils to document the early history of the area.