In Europe and even in the American Continent, the history of the oldest universities spans over centuries, while in Brazil it can still be counted in decades. Furthermore, if the history of the Brazilian university is recent, that of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) is even more so. Unicamp had its campus officially inaugurated on October 5th 1966, but only a few years later it was already recognized as one of the leading Brazilian and Latin American institutions of higher education, conducting advanced research and tackling important social issues. Today, Unicamp can be considered a fully consolidated university.
Unicamp combines its youth to a strong experience in producing new knowledge in virtually all areas. In effect, today, the University concentrates 15% of the total scientific production in this country and approximately 10% of the graduate courses. The result is its capability to maintain areas of scientific and technological compatibility with the main research centers in the world, through numerous international cooperation agreements.
Unicamp is an autonomous authority of the São Paulo State. Financial resources are obtained mainly from the state government. Funding is also provided by national and international research funding agencies.