This new edition of the Social Report brings to you the actions of social impact promoted by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul – PUCRS, São Lucas Hospital – HSL and the Brain Institute – BraIns. These three Marist Network initiatives delivered important results to the community in 2018, in an effort to strengthen the commitment towards innovation as well as local, regional and national development. This commitment is inspired by the values of the Marist Brothers, which are the legacy of Saint Marcellin Champagnat.

    This report includes the relevant mission of HSL and BraIns, and some of the highlights that contribute to the position earned by PUCRS in the year of its 70th anniversary: the best private university in the south of Brazil, as per the General Index of Higher Education Programs (IGC/MEC). This is another outcome of the dedication of more than 6,8 thousand people who give their best every day.


One of the strategic goals of PUCRS is to prepare the University community for the challenges of society, including the development of leaders, faculty, researchers, staff and students.

59% of the total number of job positions at PUCRS, São Lucas Hospital and the Brain Institute are held by women. Most females employed by the institution are aged 18 - 35. This shows how much these young women have achieved in terms of personal professional development in these three Marist Network businesses.

  • 6,826 staff members PUCRS, HSL and BraIns

    4,023 women

1,076 people completed the different training sessions that were offered. These opportunities include the Jeito PUCRS de Acolher e Servir, a customer service initiative inspired by the values of the Marist Brothers.


To transform people’s lives and society overall has always been one of the goals of PUCRS, a University that develops projects that make people’s dreams come true and contributes to the development of people for the world. In 2018, important activities were put in practice with an eye to the consolidation of institutional projects.

The Movement of Transformation PUCRS 360° has introduced a new model of study that includes Minors, a number of courses that are used to complement the training of students and alumni. 22 minors have been implemented in the areas of Business, Engineering and Communications.

  • 5,776 students received funding from the university’s own financial aid programs

Master’s and PhD students are now entitled to a Student Loan Program - 50% off on tuition. Upon completion of the program, students will have the same amount of time they took to complete the program to pay back the tuition, just like they would in undergraduate programs.

The IDEAR - Institute for Research and Development engaged 4,933 people in its activities. One of those activities, the Ideias do Bem, advanced the development of solutions in health care.


PUCRS seeks to have a consolidated role as a high-level internationally recognized research university, committed to scientific and technological development.

The Institutional Program of Internationalization – PUCRS PrInt, funded by Capes PrInt, embraces 14 cooperation projects, involving 23 Graduate Programs of the University.

  • 1,596 graduate students on financial aid

    900 undergraduate research students – IC

    700 papers submitted to the Scientific Research Conference of PUCRS

PUCRS now has around 1,700 ongoing cooperation projects and 11 Graduate Programs certified with international level of excellence (grades 6 and 7).


The establishment of the Superintendence of Innovation and Development, accountable to the President’s Office, was intended to increase the leading role played the University in this area in Porto Alegre and other locations in RS. The Inovapucrs Network and Tecnopuc are some expressions of the ecosystem of innovation of PUCRS.

PUCRS’ efforts of innovation worked on the articulation and development of the Alliance of Innovation. It saw its beginning in 2018 and comprises UFRGS, PUCRS and Unisinos. The institutions joined forces to make Porto Alegre a reference in innovation.

  • 136 organizations are housed at Tecnopuc

    6,700 jobs at the Science and Technology Park

    1,473 people completed training programs at Tecnopuc Crialab

    150 startups serviced since 2003

Startups, research structures and national and international companies are embraced by Tecnopuc. The Park has been elected three times as the Best Science and Technology Park of Brazil.


University extension contributes to the consolidation of students’ comprehensive development and is regarded as a unique and contemporary factor that attracts people to teach and learn as it reinforces the integration between teaching, research and extension.

In 2018, 1,228 students got involved in the development of projects to address the community’s real needs through the program Service Learning.

More than 23,000 people took advantage of the 116 actions promoted by the Institute of Culture, which were filled with music, literature as well as performing and visual arts, both on and off campus.

1,197 people registered for the Universidade Aberta da Terceira Idade (Unati).

  • 836.734 people took part in Extension activities

    2,222 courses, programs, projects, actions and extension events were developed. More than 500 of which were offered through the Pastoral and Solidarity Center and by the Academic Schools of PUCRS

PUCRS developed 582 actions to connect with students. These actions had an impact on 27,515 future and current students as well as alumni.


The São Lucas Hospital has been accredited as a hospital of excellence by the National Organization of Accreditation (ONA). The main goal of the BraIns is to foster the integration between applied research and state-of-the-art technology for the benefit of patients. Protection to life, innovation, teaching, research and assistance are factors that guide these two institutions. 69,000 people were serviced by the Volunteering Center of São Lucas Hospital. Its volunteers devoted 10,000 hours to work on 20 projects.

  • 2,3 million people diagnosed, including therapies and treatments provided

    182,000 appointments

    99,000 urgency / emergency care services

At the Brain Institute, more than 400 people enjoyed the benefits of the projects for the community. Other 300 were given assistance at no charge as Universal Health System patients.


The materialization of environmental actions is addressed in undergraduate curricula, in the Environmental Management Committee and in Project USE - Sustainable Energy Use, among other actions.

The Guarani aquifer, the source of groundwater, is being studied by the Interdisciplinary Group of Applied Geophysics, with professors as well as undergraduate and graduate students. In 2018, researchers focused on the creation of the Hydrological Atlas of Rio Grande do Sul.

  • 170 tons of recyclable waste were separated. Paper, metal scraps and cooking oil were properly discarded.

    Pró-Mata Center for Environmental Research and Conservation in São Francisco de Paula (RS) sits in an area of 2,400 ha, which is home to teaching, research, and extension activities that are guided by the Institute of the Environment.