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Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba



  • Recognized as the first Methodist university in Latin America in 1975
  • More than 50 undergraduate, master's and doctorate's degrees
  • It has four university campuses: Taquaral, Centro, Santa Bárbara d'Oeste and Lins

The origem of Unimep is linked to the Piracicabano k-12 school, founded in 1881 by the American missionary Martha Watts. The quality, the pioneering spirit and the differential in teaching gave rise, in 1964, to the first programs of higher level: economics, administration and accounting sciences, initially reunited as Integrated Faculties. This expansion resulted in the recognition of Unimep by the Ministry of Education as the first Methodist University in Latin America in 1975.

Since then, the institution has accumulated historical moments that make it a reference in higher education. Among the most significant is the creation of the university campus in Taquaral, inaugurated in 1979; Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, created in 1980 and the campus Lins, integrated in 1996. The institution, which began its activities with only one student, counts on approximately 11 thousand students in its four campuses.

Currently, Unimep offers training that covers all areas of knowledge. There are more than 50 undergraduate (undergraduate and technological) programs, as well as postgraduate programs (specialization, master's and doctorate degrees), offered on site  and at distance. The institution also offers training in Capacit (Center for Professional and Corporate Training), Pronatec (National Program for Access to Technical Education and Employment), Celtra (Center for Teaching Foreign Languages and Translation Model Office) and Open University for seniors citizens.

Unimep is maintained by the Instituto Educacional Piracicabano (IEP) and it is a confessional university linked to the Methodist Church in Brazil. The institution maintains a differentiated educational proposal, based on the search for improvement, in face of the challenges presented in all stages of development of the country.

The commitment to the society and citizen actions make outreach projects an extremely important element for Unimep, since they allow people outside the academic universe to access everything that the university represents in dynamic interaction with popular knowledge, present In the people who constitute the communities, and thus, creating a fertile dialogue between popular culture and university knowledge. In the same sense, research is considered as the axis that works in favor of the socialization of knowledge and the production of new knowledge.


The current infrastructure of Unimep includes four campuses, two of which are located in Piracicaba, one in Santa Bárbara d'oeste and the other in Lins, all in the state of São Paulo. All have modern facilities and are in great locations.

Located in Piracicaba, the Taquaral campus stands out for the architectural beauty and wide open spaces, some of them sheltering diverse species of trees, flowers and birds. In an area of more than 360,000 m2, where about 10,000 people circulate daily, there it is offered undergraduate, technological and in-company courses, as well as postgraduate courses (specialization, master's and doctorate) in the areas of biological sciences, management and business, law and legislation, languages, engineering and technological innovation, information technology, health, quality of life and well-being, communication and internet, education and teaching.

With a complete teaching and research structure, the campus consists of 130 classrooms, more than 50 laboratories, a library, a newspaper library, study centers, 4 auditoriums, a chapel, a radio and TV studios, a theater with capacity for 788 people, a Sports complex and a vivarium. It also houses the UNIMEP Gallery, which has an arena theater and 25 shops. At this campus is also located Fazendinha Unimep, former headquarters of the farm, transformed into a lodging center.

Located in the central area of Piracicaba, it works the Piracicabano k-12 school. The place is historical reference, since it was  created in 1881 and gave rise to the University. The oldest part of this campus, listed by historical heritage and fully restored, it has the large and modern Martha Watts Cultural Center, which houses important historical collections, some of them of national relevance, and which promote cultural and research activities. Next to the campus are also located the Physiotherapy Clinic, the Office of Legal Practice and the Special Civil Court.

Located in the municipality of Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, the campus houses undergraduate and technological degree programs in Engineering and Technology, Architecture and Urbanism, as well as postgraduate programs (specializations, master's and doctoral degrees in production engineering). It has wide green areas occupied by trees and flowers. Today it has 17 buildings, 40 classrooms, 34 laboratories, environment rooms, 4 ateliers, 2 amphitheaters and a specialized library. The technology area is particularly strong on this campus, and for this reason the University maintains projects in partnership with companies from the region and cutting-edge research in cooperation with international organizations and institutions.

On campus Lins, it is located the FOL - Faculdade de Odontologia de Lins, which is more than 50 years old, one of the oldest and most traditional dentistry schools in the country. There it is also located the law program. Its structure, planned to offer ideal conditions for teaching, research and extension, includes 4 buildings with modern classrooms that allow the intensive use of computerized and audiovisual resources, amphitheaters, a library, 11 laboratories, 4 clinics and a vivarium. In the list of attractions,  it is worth mentioning the Miniature City of Mário, which is composed of moving replicas of trains, cars, airplanes, soccer players, soldiers. The Cathedral of St. John Bosco, located in the central area, considered an art masterpiece with decorations in Mosaics, and Horto Florestal which has an area of 10,000 square meters, with nurseries of plants, a lake and a mini zoo.


Piracicaba is an important city located in the interior of São Paulo. The municipality is located about 160 km from the capital. With an estimated population of 394,419, it is one of the most populated places in the state.

The city is an important part of the regional pole of industrial and agricultural development. It is one of the most industrialized and productive places in the entire state of São Paulo. In 2014, it had a GDP per capita of R$ 56,745.39. In comparison with the other municipalities of the state, its position was 33rd out of 645.

The municipality also has colleges, universities and technology centers, which complement the research infrastructure of the city, where the Methodist University of Piracicaba is a major highlight.

Of the 100 largest cities in Brazil, that account for half of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Piracicaba leads the 1st position in education and ranks 2nd in the overall ranking, according to data from the study Municipal Management Challenges, conducted by Macroplan consultancy, Data from 2005 to 2015.

The municipality is highlighted by its nature, especially with the Piracicaba River, which was the scene of the emergence of the city and responsible for the name. Other places worth mentioning are the Engenho Central, Prudente Museum, Water Museum and Mirante Park, as well as the International Humor Salon, a traditional annual event.