Rector's Office


Mario Cesar dos Santos, a professor and lawyer, is the Rector of the University of Vale do Itajaí. He has shared a long and intimate history with Univali since the 1970s, when he began as a student on the Law Course at the Fundação de Ensino do Pólo Geo-educacional do Vale do Itajaí (Fepevi), as the institution was known at that time. After graduating, he returned in 1981 as an associate professor, teaching Finance and Tax Law. Later, he applied for a chair on the Business Administration Course, and was approved to teach Tax Legislation. He then took three specialization courses (Tax Law, Procedural Civil Law, Procedural Labor Law, and Civil Law). He has a Master’s degree in Legal Science and a PhD in Law.

During his career at Unival, he has also been vice director of the School of Law, director of the Center for Legal, Political and Social Sciences, head of Univali’s Legal Department, and a member of the Higher Administrative and Academic Councils of the Univali Foundation. 

Vice Rector’s Office for Undergraduate Studies

The aim of the Vice Rector’s Office for Undergraduate Studies, which seeks to promote human development and professional competence, is to train ethical and active citizens who are committed to the values of democracy. Within the Institution, it implements, develops, monitors and evaluates the undergraduate teaching policies and basic education policies, encouraging innovative teaching practices.

In order to respond to, or even anticipate the educational needs of the region, the Vice Rector’s Office for Undergraduate Studies develops specific projects to train professionals to work in the areas of education, health, and various other sectors of the regional economy.

Based on the premise that quality criteria and the continual search for improvement are essential for higher education, the Vice Rector’s Office for Undergraduate Studies develops training programs for its faculty and promotes innovations in teaching and learning, cultivating critical awareness and learning skills that will last a lifetime.

Vice Rector for Undergraduate Programs

Cássia Ferri, has a PhD in Education (Curriculum) from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP), a Master's Degree in Education from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) and a Bachelor degree in Pedagogy from Fundação Universidade do Oeste de Santa Catarina (Fundeste).
She is a professor and researcher on the Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs in Education at the University of Vale do Itajaí (Univali); previously, she was Manager of Education and Assessment of the Vice Rector’s Office for Education. She has experience in the area of Education, with emphasis on specific curricula for different levels and types of education; her activity is focused on issues related to education, higher education, curriculum, assessment, and teacher training. 

Vice Rector’s Office for Postgraduate, Research, Extension and Cultural Programs

Through actions geared towards strengthening relationships with the local communities around the University, the Vice Rector’s Office for Postgraduate, Research, Extension and Cultural Programs is committed to searching for solutions to local and regional problems, and helping to improve the quality of life of the population in general. Within this context, the technical and scientific development is stimulated by research, and the Vice Rector’s Office is responsible for promoting professional qualification, through the offer of courses to the community.

The extension activities, which embrace various programs and projects, provide the external community  with access to knowledge and to numerous services, enabling students and teachers of the university to interact with various sectors of society. The University also interacts with the community through cultural projects, promoting local talents, through actions such as the Musical Project Art in Movement, the Theater Course, and the Choir. 

Vice Rector for Postgraduate, Research, Extension and Cultural Programs

With a Phd and Master's degree in Organic Chemistry from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Valdir Cechinel Filho currently heads the Vice Rector’s Office for Post-graduate, Research, Extension and Cultural Programs at the University. He is a level A researcher with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and a professor and researcher on the Postgraduate Program (Master's and Phd) in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Univali.
He is the international coordinator of Ribiofar – the Ibero-American Network for Study and Sustainable Use of the Regional Biodiversity of Pharmaceutical Interest, and Ribecancer – the Ibero-American Network for Research on Cancer, both of which are supported by CYTED and CNPq. He serves as Associate Editor for several specialized journals (Pharmaceutical Biology, Revista Brasileira de Plantas Medicinais and The Scientific World Journal) and is an advisor for various others, including Planta Medica, Natural Product Research, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Molecules, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, and Química Nova. He has authored several books, book chapters and scientific articles published in national and international journals, and holds eight national and international patents.

Vice Rector’s Office for Institutional Planning and Development

The Vice Rector’s Office is engaged in formulating, conducting and evaluating policy planning, aligning it with the Institutional Development Plan and the budget policy, through diagnostic and prospective studies of courses, institutional programs and projects, in their relationship with society and with scientific and technological development, and their position in the Brazilian and international higher education scenarios.

Making use of strategies and tools for management and participation, this Vice Rector’s Office manages the institutional infrastructure expansion plan, defines priority areas in the areas of innovation and technology, identifies alternative sources of financing for higher education, and carries out the strategic plan, Institutional Development Plan (IDP), and budget and investment policies, in conjunction with the Vice Rector’s Offices for Undergraduate and for Postgraduate, Extension and Cultural Programs.

With regard to policies for the internationalization of higher education, the Vice Rector’s Office promotes agreements, protocols, arrangements, programs and projects for academic exchange and mobility, involving leading international Universities and Centers of Teaching and Research. In the area of innovation policies, it defines the guidelines for the integration and transfer of technology and knowledge management between the Univali and public and private bodies, both national and international. It also coordinates programs and projects for the provision of services, and the policy on communication and institutional marketing.

This Vice Rector’s Office is also responsible for planning policies on philanthropy and social responsibility, directing, monitoring and evaluating actions related to the qualification of the Institution as a charitable welfare entity.

​Vice Rector for Institutional Planning and Development

Carlos Alberto Tomelin is Vice Rector for institutional planning and development of the University of Vale do Itajai for the four-year period 2014-2018.  He graduated in Tourism from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, and has a postgraduate degree in Methodology of Higher Education, Marketing and Tourism, a Master's degree in Tourism and Hospitality, and a PhD in Business Administration and Tourism, with the area of concentration Management of Tourism Enterprises from Univali. He is a professor and researcher of the Master’s and PhD Programs in Tourism and Hospitality of Univali.
Before becoming Vice Rector of Institutional planning and development, he was Director of the Education Center of Balneário Camboriú, from 2002 to 2006, and Director of the Center for Applied Social Sciences - Communication, Tourism and Leisure, from 2007 to 2014.