The Graduate Dean’s Office (PRPG) is the agency responsible for coordinating, supervising, and monitoring Graduate Programs offered by UFLA and training activities for professors and technical and administrative servers, at Graduate level.
When looking at the timeline, we can see that the success history of Graduate Programs in Specialized Fields demonstrates that the Lavras School of Agriculture (ESAL) was not just another School among pioneering institutions in creating Master’s and Doctorate programs in agricultural and administrative sciences. The institution wisely constructed and knew how to keep the commitment to the pursuit of academic quality and with the integral education of the human being. Since its idealization and foundation, Graduate Programs in Specialized Fields based its actions on moral and solid principles and on values that are always remembered. Among the values shared by our academic community since the creation of ESAL, at the beginning of the last century, we highlight the devotion to knowledge, work ethics, scientific rigor, respect for the human being, and guidance for the future.
Always aiming at excellence and quality, Lavras School of Agriculture embarked on a bold plan of teaching training, anticipating the need to offer high-level education. The high degree of professors’ qualification and research development were determining factors for the creation of graduate programs at ESAL. Furthermore, we had the ever-growing demand for professionals with high expertise, due to the rapid economic growth that Brazil was experiencing in the 1970s. Believing that sustainable development always requires technical expertise and technological innovation, ESAL/UFLA invested heavily in graduate programs, whose fabulous growth has always been based on satisfactory conditions of human resources and infrastructure.
The seed of graduate programs was planted in 1972, when professor Fábio Pereira Cartaxo, then Director of ESAL, formed a commission to study the feasibility of deploying graduate programs. The commission, after a careful study, issued a favorable opinion and, later that year, the Coordination of Graduate Programs was created in ESAL. In the first semester of 1975, were deployed at ESAL the first Graduate programs in Specialized Fields: the Master’s degree in Agronomy focused on Plant Science and a Master’s degree in Rural Administration. There are others, totaling 19 programs currently, with 34 courses, being 17 doctorate courses and 19 master’s degree courses. The institutionalization process of the Graduate Program in Specialized Fields promoted by UFLA cannot be portrayed isolatedly or as a heroic deed of a single person. On the contrary, it must be recalled as a collective intellectual project, of which several people participated:
directors, coordinators of courses, professors, students, administrative technicians, and secretaries. In the construction of this successful history, the work of some professors was fundamental, as well as the leadership, resourcefulness, and administrative competence. Among these professors, we highlight those who, in particular, knew how to lead the initiatives of consolidation and growth of Graduate Programs at the Federal University of Lavras (Chart 1.)
|Paulo Roberto da Silva||from Feb./1973 to June/1975|
|João Márcio de Carvalho Rios||from July/1975 to Apr./1976|
|Antônio Resende Soares||from May/1976 to Dec./1976|
|Joaquim dos Santos Penoni||from Jan./1977 to Jan./1980|
|Américo Iorio Ciociola||from Feb./1980 to Feb./1984|
|Juventino Júlio de Souza||from Feb./1984 to Apr./1984|
|Guaracy Vieira||from Apr./1984 to Dec./1987|
|Fabiano Ribeiro do Vale||from Dec./1987 to Dec./1991|
|Antônio Marciano da Silva||from Dec./1991 to June/1996|
|César Augusto Brasil Pereira Pinto||from June/1996 to May/2000|
|Luiz Edson Mota de Oliveira||from June/2000 to May/2004|
|Joel Augusto Muniz||from June/2004 to May/2008|
The creation, consolidation, and expansion of Graduate Programs, for the purposes of this website, occurred in two phases that have marked the history of ESAL-UFLA. The first phase comprises the period between 1975 and 1994, year of transformation of ESAL into the Federal University of Lavras, and the second one, covering institutional actions carried out between 1995 and 2008. In the first phase, were created, in addition to the master’s degree in Plant Science and Rural Administration, programs in Soil Science, Food Science, Animal Science, Plant Physiology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Phytopathology, Agricultural Engineering, and Forest Engineering. In the second phase, were created the programs of Entomology, Agrochemistry, Statistics and Experimentation, Agricultural Microbiology, Veterinary Sciences, Plant Biotechnology, Wood Science and Technology, Applied Ecology, and Systems Engineering. Some aspects of the history of each of these programs can be accessed on their websites.
Graduate Programs in Specialized Fields aim to educate masters and doctors who are able to:
a) propose, competently, the resolution of technical and scientific issues in their area of knowledge;
b) contribute to the development of innovative products and technological processes environmentally compatible;
c) develop innovative educational processes that promote human development and citizenship;
d) base their pedagogical and scientific conduct in ethical and socially responsible standards.