The Paulista University, UNIP, recognised by Directive No. 550/88, started operations on November 09th 1988. It was established based on the Paulista Unified Institute (Instituto Unificado Paulista – IUP), the Paulista Engineering Teaching Institute (Instituto de Ensino de Engenharia Paulista – IEEP) and the Paulista Dentistry Institute (Instituto de Odontologia Paulista – IOP); the first of these gained the authorization to operate in 1972, with the courses of Social Communications, Languages, Education and Psychology. In 2016, UNIP was granted a new recognition by MEC ( Ministry of Education)’s Directive n° 1341, 11/28/2016, published in DOU on November 29th 2016.
In 2004, UNIP was accredited to offer e-learning Higher Education courses (EAD) by means of MEC’s Directive n° 3633, of November 09th, 2004, published in DOU on November 10th, 2004 and granted a new recognition by MEC by means of the Directive nbr. 188, of February 03rd, 2017, published in DOU on February 06th, 2017.
Nowadays, thanks to its development, UNIP, through a modern academic proposal, has been expanding its activities to many different campuses, seeking to prepare highly qualified human resources as requested by the policies of national development.
UNIP promotes the update of qualifications of the students and their preparation for a changing society, through a highly- qualified, technologically- advanced and future-oriented education, in humanities, social sciences, exact sciences and health sciences. Its main purpose is that of promoting the development of the students’ potential, establishing conditions for an active insertion on the labour market and for creative solutions to problems that society proposes.
Brazilian reality, which deserves special attention on the part of UNIP, makes the institution also emphasize post-graduation studies. These are dedicated to the enhancement of the teaching staff as well as to the needs of the community, given that, as well as qualifying professors in all areas, and developing research studies that aim at producing science and technological innovations, UNIP proposes to address the requirements of the modern world.
Thus, Universidade Paulista has been gaining recognition as an important knowledge production centre, and of spread of knowledge to a greater number of people, through Education activities, research, extension and graduate courses.