Following the Marist educational approach, the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná –PUCPR – is a comprehensive university oriented to the construction and preservation of human knowledge and consequently, the promotion of the value of life. Education with a humanistic approach coupled with intellectual engagement is present at PUCPR throughout its 5 campuses within the State of Paraná. The main campus is located in Curitiba, capital city of Paraná, known as the Ecological Capital of Brazil. According to Forbes Magazine it is one of the world's smartest cities, and in 2010 the city was awarded the Globe Sustainable City Award.
PUCPR offers 60 undergraduate programs, 22 graduate programs and more than 150 professional certificate programs, in addition to technical and continuing education programs. Intense international cooperation and mobility programs carried out with more than 200 international partner institutions in 27 countries are important elements in our strategy of institutional development.
It is a well consolidated university known nationwide as one of the best higher education institutions in Brazil. PUCPR invests massively in Faculty development and infra-structure, which provide support to the educational activities. Examples include: Practical Training Centers, Research Laboratories, Career Services, Agency of Innovation and Technopark (spin-off structure), Experimental Farm, Community Outreach Projects, Integrated Library System, four Hospitals, three Radio Stations and one TV Station.