FGV EESP is a center of excellence for the generation and transmission of economic knowledge, contributing to the formation of an intellectual and managerial elite in Brazil.
The Fundação Getulio Vargas Sao Paulo School of Economics (FGV EESP) is a center of excellence for the generation and transmission of economic knowledge. Its goal is to develop an environment for learning and public debate oriented by the national interest, contributing to the formation of an intellectual and managerial elite in Brazil.
FGV EESP is an organization guided by ethics and social responsibility. It seeks to influence the national agenda, based on sustainable and equitable economic development.
To fulfill its mission, FGV EESP guarantees intellectual freedom for its members and encourages pluralism. It is always recruiting talents to ensure excellence and continuous improvement.
FGV EESP’s action is underpinned by the principle of market competition. Internally, we strive for cooperation and total quality, combined with the continuous pursuit of innovation and improvements to our education management model.
The School of Economics ran its first undergraduate course in 2004. Before this, Fundação Getulio Vargas’ undergraduate education activities in Sao Paulo were focused on private and public sector company administration.
Nevertheless, since the 1980s, FGV has run graduate economics courses at FGV EAESP. In order to expand its area of activity, it established the Sao Paulo School of Economics, which offers undergraduate, academic and professional graduate, continuing education and specialist economics courses.
In creating the Sao Paulo School of Economics, FGV had the aim of developing a center of excellence for education and research, to contribute to Brazil’s economic and social development and its pursuit of national identity.
FGV EESP has three fundamental guidelines:
The National Student Performance Exam (Enade) evaluates the performance of students completing undergraduate courses in terms of the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired during their education.
FGV EESP’s undergraduate economics course received the maximum score (5) in the latest ENADE evaluation, in 2015.
The General Course Index (IGC) is a quality indicator that evaluates higher education institutions. The Sao Paulo School of Economics received the maximum score (5) in the 2016 IGC evaluation.
Our Professional Master’s in Economics course obtained the maximum score (5) from the Brazilian Education Ministry’s graduate education support agency, CAPES, for the 2013-2016 period.
Our Professional Master’s in Agribusiness course obtained a score of 4 for the 2013-2016 period.
Our Academic Master’s and Doctoral courses obtained the maximum score (7) for the 2013-2016 period.
Click here to see the results for our graduate program.
:: IDEAS RePEc
FGV EESP is ranked first in economics research in Brazil. Click here to see this ranking.
:: THINK TANKS
For the ninth year in a row, Fundação Getulio Vargas features among the world’s best think tanks, according to the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, published by the University of Pennsylvania.
In the latest edition, FGV came seventh, making it into the world’s top 10 think tanks for the second consecutive year. We were also rated the best think tank in Latin America for the ninth consecutive year. We also remained at the top of another category, as we were ranked the best administered think tank in the world for the second year in a row.
FGV was considered the best think tank in Latin America in 12 categories. For example, it was rated the best think tank in terms of social policy, institutional collaboration involving two or more think tanks, domestic economic policy, foreign economic policy, and use of media and social networks.
The University of Pennsylvania’s ranking has been produced since 2008 by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, which looks at nearly 8,000 think tanks across the world. The full details are available on the Global Go To Think Tank Index website.
On August 18, 2003, EESP FGV was officially launched on the trading floor of the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange. The Sao Paulo School of Economics grew out of the Economic Planning and Analysis Department of the Sao Paulo School of Business Administration. Therefore, its professors were already experienced in economics teaching and research, and they had practical experience, as many of them had held important positions in the public and private sectors (ministers, state secretaries, and the CEOs and directors of banks and other companies).
The First Economics Forum was supported by the Sao Paulo State Federation of Industry / Sao Paulo State Center of Industries (FIESP/CIESP), the Unified Workers’ Union (CUT), trade union Força Sindical, and the Institute for Studies on Industrial Development (IEDI). The forum was held on September 13 and 14, 2004, at the Hotel Paulista Plaza Convention Center in in Sao Paulo.
The graduation ceremony for the first undergraduate economics class was held on March 27, 2008 at the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange.
The first edition of our economics course for high school students happened from April 11 to 14, 2011 in the Fundação Getulio Vargas auditorium. It was attended by approximately 500 high school students. The content was taught by Professor Bernardo Guimarães, who has a PhD in economics from Yale University and wrote the books “Economics Without Tricks” and “Introduction to Economics,” published by Campus.
Since it was founded, FGV EESP has sought to provide a fertile and stimulating learning environment, to help its students incorporate knowledge definitively and use it in new contexts and situations, including to solve real-world problems. To this end, we adopted the Problem-Based Learning methodology. In this educational model, implemented in 2013, the curriculum’s topics are presented in the form of concrete problems to provide theoretical learning. In this learning process, students actively “reinvent concepts, models and theory,” always general and abstract, so they can be applied to reality, which is always specific.
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