UBEC: Educational Innovation and Governance Model


Recognized as one of the best educational groups in Brazil, UBEC (Brazilian Union of Catholic Education) positions itself today as the leader of its segment in the future and is among the best institutions in innovation and governance model.

The consolidation of the group is recognized by one of the most qualified rankings in the Brazilian press, carried out by the 360 ​​Yearbook of Época Negócios Magazine, a publication that brings together the best companies and market practices in the country. But not only for this. The result comes from bold educational initiatives, based on UBEC's experience with teaching and learning and through the dialogue on Education 4.0 with its leaders, managers and, especially, teachers.

UBEC was founded in 1972 and, in 1980, brought together several Catholic colleges in the Federal District (DF), constituting the FICBs - Integrated Catholic Colleges of Brasília.

Currently, UBEC is formed by educational institutions from Infant Education to Universities, among them the Colégio Padre de Man (COM / MG), the Catholic University of Brasília (UCB), the Catholic Faculty of Tocantins (FACTO), the Catholic Faculty Recife (FCR), the Centro Educacional Católica de Brasília (CECB), the Centro Educacional Católica do Leste de Minas Gerais (CECMG), the Centro Universitário do Leste de Minas Gerais (Unileste) and Católica EAD, with 33 centers distributed throughout Brazil and also the United States, Japan and Angola.

The pedagogical and academic model of UBEC is guided by innovative actions that are based on creativity, continuing education and integral training of human beings. The ‘pieces’ that integrate your proposals include active learning methodologies; collaborative projects; hybrid teaching, with physical and virtual spaces in the educational process; use of STEAM and maker culture and bilingual program.

The UBEC educational innovation project involves its own initiatives and the search for knowledge in global reference hubs on the subject. Last year, UBEC managers visited Silicon Valley to immerse themselves in experiences that enhance the teaching-learning process and integrate the technological environment in which the young person is inserted.

“Innovation is an extremely relevant dimension. But we understand that technology by technology, simply, does not allow to achieve the intended results. It is necessary, as a continuous act, to seek innovations and technologies that are integrated with our pedagogical purposes ”, says professor Roberta Gontijo, academic-pedagogical manager at UBEC.


Catholic Startup

Among the innovations launched in some of the group's institutions, one of the highlights is from the Catholic University of Brasilia (UCB), which launched a public notice for the Startup Católica, Business Incubation and Pre-acceleration Program, open to entrepreneurs, teachers, students, graduates , employees linked to UCB, entrepreneurs, people with entrepreneurial potential and investors.

The objective of the program is to encourage the creation, development and pre-acceleration of innovative businesses, by encouraging entrepreneurs in the Federal District. The initiative follows market trends by bringing investors closer to innovative projects, proposed by students, teachers and other entrepreneurs.

“The pre-acceleration process includes a training cycle, practical immersions and support for interested entrepreneurs. If the startup closes an acceleration agreement, at the end of the immersion process it will receive the investor's financial contribution and will not be incubated (it will continue with the investor). The incubation will depend on the interest of both parties (UCB and startup) and will be a new chance for those who are not accelerated ”, explains UBEC, in a note on the announcement.


Collaborative Ideas Lab


In addition to the Catholic Startup, and aiming at the triple helix of development - Academy, State, Productive Sector -, UCB also created the Collaborative Ideas Laboratory, Colabid, part of the Technological Innovation Nucleus (NIT), a promotion space for the entrepreneurship and innovation, development of Startups and Spin-offs, technology-based companies.

Colabid starts from the co-working concept to position itself as an environment focused on the development of creative processes and space that welcomes companies selected by the Startup Católica pre-acceleration program, which helps in the maturation of projects and their transformation into business.

Both projects have a partnership with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

“The new spaces constitute the University's contribution to the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of the Federal District, fostering alternatives for the insertion of our students and professors, both undergraduate and graduate students in the new dynamics of the economy”, emphasizes Prof. Dr. Alexandre Kieling, general coordinator of Development and Innovation at UCB.

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