Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo – IFSP (Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of São Paulo) is a public institution that offers free education in different levels and is also in charge of applied research. As the other federal institutes and the federal universities, the IFSP is part of the Brazilian federal education system.
The IFSP’s identity is continually being constructed from ethical, political, scientific and technological references present in educational guidelines according to the Brazilian society needs.
The IFSP was built upon the basis of a centenarian professional school. In 1910, the School of Craftsmanship and Apprentices was founded in the state of São Paulo’s capital. There, people with lower income, sought for learning the art of craft and manufacturing activities. In 1942, with industrialization, this scenario changed and the need for vocational education and training boosted learning, generating a great transformation. The School of Craftsmanship and Apprentices was transformed into the Federal Technical School of São Paulo which then started to offer secondary vocational courses. On the eve of the 21th Century, the federal school became the Federal Center of Technological Education of São Paulo, focusing its offer in technical tertiary programs. Finally, in 2008, the Federal Center of São Paulo gave place to the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of São Paulo and it started to offer professional and technological education with the same autonomy as the universities.
Today the IFSP is the largest federal institute of Brazil with 41 campuses throughout the state of São Paulo, all of them prepared to provide public, free and high quality professional and technological education.
Half of the school places offered are dedicated to the technical education on high school. Considering all the levels of education, the IFSP’s students can choose for more the 50 course options to work in different areas of the economy, such as agriculture, trade, industry or data processing.
In the higher education, the IFSP offers degrees in engineering and technological courses in more than fifteen different areas and it has also a Professional and Basic Education integrated Program for youth and adults and Licentiate Degrees for future teachers.
All the students are stimulated to develop research and innovation activities with the support of the Technological Innovation Center and the IFSP offers specialization and master degree courses.
Nowadays, about 28,000 students are enrolled in its various programs.