USJ Macao and Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Brazil signed a Memorandum of Understanding





The University of Saint Joseph Macao signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Brazil, on 8 February, 2024.

The University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ) and the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Brazil, represented by their Rectors, respectively, Rev. Prof. Stephen David Morgan and Prof. Dr. Marco Tullio de Castro Vasconcelos, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) remotely on 8 February, 2024, to create a close academic relationship and a strong collaboration between both universities.

This collaboration aims to deepen mutual collaborations to facilitate academic mobility for faculty members, researchers and students; joint teaching, research, or cultural activity (courses, seminars, conferences, and publications); credit articulation programmes that may lead to dual degree programmes; staff professional development; deployment of educational materials, resources and extension activities in the areas of Education, Philosophy and Religious Studies areas of common interest for both universities.

Mackenzie Presbyterian University (UPM)  dates from the 19th century when Presbyterian missionaries and educators founded the American School in São Paulo. The foundation of the new school represented a turning point in Brazil. The school introduced a series of pioneering and innovative pedagogical and social practices. Among them, we can mention that racial discrimination in admissions was abolished, mixed gender classes were created, and physical punishments were not allowed. In 1896, the Engineering School was established in a construction called Mackenzie Building. It became the oldest private, communitarian and confessional school in the country. The new building gave birth to Mackenzie College, which soon started to offer several courses. In 1952, six decades of tradition in offering solid scientific formation, the Brazilian government granted the institution the condition of a University. Its contributions to the socio-economic and technological needs of the city and the country were recognized. In the following decades, Mackenzie became one of the biggest and most reputable universities in the country. Source: UPM website