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Academic Activities


Research is one of the pillars of the activities of the Mackenzie Presbyterian University. It is a in a continuous, systematic, critical and rigorous process in which solutions are achieved in science and technology in response to the challenges of a contemporary society.

The research developed at the Engineering School aims to present answers to the demands of new technologies, processes and materials, contributing to the development of society.

The main purposes of the research activities at the Engineering School are:

  • conduct research at the international level in the areas of Engineering and Chemistry;
  • create opportunities for interaction between researchers, undergraduate and graduate students and other MPU professionals, in addition to establishing cooperation with other national and international teaching and research institutions;
  • establish cooperation with industry and companies as a way to better meet the demands of society;
  • encourage crosscutting research involving new technologies, new materials and new fields of knowledge.



The Final Undergraduate Thesis - FUT, developed at the Engineering School of Mackenzie Presbyterian University - MPU, aim to integrate and consolidate the theoretical and experimental skills acquired in the Engineering and Chemistry undergraduate degree programs.

As a partial result of this academic activity, is expected the student to select strategies and optimize solutions to the problems pertinent to their area of ​​training, considering their scientific, technological, economic, environmental and ethical aspects.

The coordination of FUT, undergraduate degree programs coordinators and professors involved in Final Undergraduate Thesis guide the students to successfully achieve their project objectives, based on a teamwork approach, integration and innovation in keeping with the tradition of the School of Engineering of MPU.

Student Protagonism


The Internship allows students to experience the practical application of theoretical concepts in real situations, complementing their professional training, developing skills and attitudes, as well as expanding their knowledge in different aspects of their training area.

Governed by a national law nº 11.788 of September 25, 2008 and by complementary regulations of the Institution of Higher Education, it is a tool for insertion of the student in the job market; for this reason, it is recommended that the student seek internship opportunities in organizations that utilize up-to-date technology.

Mackenzie Presbyterian University has a large number of national and multinational companies, duly registered, who constantly send their internship opportunities.



The internship opportunities offered by the companies are periodically published through the internship blog of the academic unit.



All the procedures and documentation necessary for the internship, as well as for the participation of the academic leagues and junior company, are made available and organized by a support group and a coordinating teacher designated by the director of the academic unit.



The Junior Engineering Company [Empresa Junior de Engenharia – EJEM] is characterized by a group of students forming a non-profit company, with autonomous management of the students themselves and always oriented and supervised by teachers and specialized professionals. Headquartered in one of the university's campus, they aim to share the best work practices in the different areas of student training, usually of an interdisciplinary nature, in addition to the development of partnerships. It seeks, therefore, to prepare the young students for the job market, contributing to the academic and professional development of the associates. Additionally, aims to develop entrepreneurship with a focus on job market empowerment.



Academic leagues aim to strengthen the protagonism and student initiatives, expanding the offer of extraclass academic activities, in the scope of research and extension. The activities developed in the Academic Leagues, by undergraduate or graduate students and duly supervised by a tutor, aim to develop the student protagonism in a specific area of knowledge. It prioritizes the participation and organization of courses, seminars and lectures, participation or organization hackathons and student competitions, as well as participation in conferences, symposiums and forums. It seeks to develop activities to obtain the deepening of multidisciplinary studies and the accomplishment of actions with multiplier effect, non-profit.


Prof. Dr. Marcos Stefanelli Vieira
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Complementary Activities

According to the National Curriculum Guidelines for Engineering Courses of the Ministry of Education (approved in 2001), the university academic curriculum must go beyond conventional classroom activities. In this way, complementary activities are an obligatory curricular component that provide comprehensive social, cultural and professional training to future engineers.

Its focus is to complement the student's education, enriching their theoretical-practical knowledge by carrying out activities outside the programs of the course curriculum, which may be related to the three dimensions of academic teaching: research, teaching and extension.

Therefore, these activities will broaden the horizons of both professional and personal formation of the student, stimulating his/hers initiative through the practice of student protagonism, respecting his/hers individuality, making possible the choice of activities of his/hers greater interest, thus stimulating the development of his/hers competences.

Currently, Engineering School courses’ offer Integrated Projects, which are interdisciplinary activities that occur during the semester, outside class hours, being also a way to develop the practice of the course chosen, besides counting as complementary activities to the participating students.

Extension Activities

University extension is a tool in the educational, cultural and scientific process that articulates teaching and research in an inseparable way and enables the transformative relationship between the University and the Society, aiming at the socialization of academic knowledge. At the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, the establishment of an Extension policy is linked to its vision and mission, which, based on the confessional and community nature of the Institution, is characterized by its philanthropic character.

Integrative Projects

Integrating projects are activities idealized with different purposes, some of them are:

  • to integrate students from different courses and stages in order to promote the exchange of knowledge;
  • arouse the student's curiosity and willingness to learn, reducing the dropout rate of the course;
  • bring the student closer to his or her future area of expertise;
  • to make the student realize the importance of all the subjects studied throughout the course and how all of them are interconnected in the day to day of their profession;
  • stimulate student leadership through practical and theoretical activities where students often end up learning from each other in an uncomplicated / fun way.