The 2021 UFLA Management Report is available to the community
The 2021 Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) Management Report was published on Friday (29/4), which was approved by the University Council (CUNI) and the Board of Trustees, and the document is part of the university’s application process, which complies with the guidelines of the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU). ), and available for the appreciation of the whole community.
A letter from the members of the Board of Directors opens the management report for the fiscal year 2021
These pages are a synopsis of the journey of the academic community of the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) through 2021. Still in light of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many other adversities of this public health emergency to the state education scenario, the institution has followed a solid path and played its role in society, with positive results in teaching, research and extension. Through the results they build throughout the year, UFLA administrators, servers, and students demonstrate how important universities are as a valuable public good for social conditions, and that they must be defended and valued by society.
In teaching, our commitment to qualified training of students has led to the hard work of preparing for a face-to-face return, which is being implemented progressively from September onwards. The actions taken by the Pro-Rectory of gradory (Prograd) allowed to increase the success rate of graduation in 2021, despite the difficulties related to the pandemic, especially with the challenge of distance teaching, the increased socio-economic vulnerability of students and the introduction of many of them into a double day of activities, combining work and study. Admission mechanisms have also been improved, with a project restructuring the Sequential Assessment Process (PAS) in place, with the aim of expanding access to the university, especially for students from the Lavras and São Sebastião do Paraíso partial regions. It was also a year in which UFLA crossed the mark of 20,000 graduated professionals in graduation, as well as the publication of the first selection process for admission to the campus in São Sebastião de Paraíso, preceded by the establishment, by the University Council (CUNI), of the Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation, of São Sebastião do Paraíso, also created by the University’s Higher Councils, its first course – the Interdisciplinary Baccalaureate in Innovation, Science and Technology. It is possible to identify perceptions and qualitative information about the performance of UFLA PPGs, which constitute subsidies for planning and improvements. We also expanded our activities in internationalization, formalized 39 international cooperation instruments, and reached 113 instruments in force. We have also recorded a clear trend towards increased scientific output in international collaborations, reflecting actions such as Capes PrInt. There was also an effort to set up the Postgraduate Exhibition, which today constitutes a permanent material to advertise programs and stimulate students’ interest in this level of education.
As a center for generating knowledge through scientific research, we have also made achievements such as increasing the scholarship quota for the Scientific Initiative by 88%, which was made possible by approval in a public notice issued by the Minas Gerais Foundation for the Support of Research (Fapemig). We have reached the highest number of stakes in the past six years. The number of scholarly publications has also increased over the years, reaching the expressive mark of 1,163 journal articles indexed in the Web of Science database in 2021. The number of books published by Editora UFLA (25) was also the highest among the past six years. . Intellectual property applications have ranked second in the historical series over the past 30 years, with 24 applications submitted.
Members of the academic community have received many awards and recognition. According to the AD Scientific Index, published in 2021, the UFLA had 63 researchers among the ten thousand most influential researchers in Latin America, and 19 in the BRICS group. In a study published in the journal Plos Biology of the Center for Innovation in Statistics and MetaResearch at Stanford (Metrics), at Stanford University, in the United States, eight UFLA professors were among the 100,000 influential scientists in the world.
In student assistance measures, we have maintained a series of programs aimed at encouraging the integration and continuity of students in the case of socio-economic vulnerability in higher education, in the face of the scenario exacerbated by the pandemic. A study related to the National Student Aid Program (Pnaes) showed that investments are maximized by students, since those who benefit from these resources have better average performance on the Academic Income Coefficient (CRA) variable and a lower average failure rate, compared to non-beneficiaries.
We invest in student housing improvements, both in physical infrastructure and in home appliances and Internet services. We also had a differentiation of strengthening the implementation of computerized management of the Institutional Grants Program and improvements in the student housing control system, as well as the inclusion of the SIGUFLA Socio-Economic Assessment System and computerization of other administrative controls. The benefits of helping students.
In direct relationship with the community, through the expansion of the university, we have had more than 1,900 scientific technical events, with more than 71,000 participants – the highest numbers in recent years. This period was also marked by the establishment of an institutional policy for the UFLA for the preservation and promotion of cultural and scientific heritage, a policy of graduate monitoring and discussions for the formulation of a cultural policy at the UFLA. The number of extension entities also grew, with 12 new centers registered. Another important point is the work towards the inclusion of extension activities in the university curricula.
The UFLA Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, implemented in 2020, expanded its service to municipalities in 2021 and is one of the university’s many initiatives that have directly contributed to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The university also provided direct feedback to the community, in partnership with other institutions, as was the case for joint ventures with the Federal Revenue Service, which ensured a sustainable destination for booked goods, reducing public treasury costs, benefiting the environment and allowing new uses for unmarked materials.
We continued the personnel management procedure, during which more than 800 employees underwent training. UFLA has also taken a step forward in the planning, risk management and control system, with the publication of Development Plans for Units (PDUs) and the Master Plan for Information and Communication Technology (PDTIC). In environmental management, we got the water treatment plant regulated by the responsible environment agency, the UFLA dams were audited by the Minas Gerais Institute of Water Management (Igam), and the relevant safety reports were generated. In terms of infrastructure, there were 11 works in progress on the campus, with new buildings opening on the São Sebastião do Paraíso and Lavras campuses.
We have also seen a significant evolution in management processes, with the establishment in 2021 of the Governance Oversight and Integrity Oversight and Correction Authority, which previously acted as consultants and now remain systemic structures associated with the hospital. The year was also significant in promoting and organizing the organization’s new structure, which now includes colleges, schools, and institutes. Significant progress has also been made in the formalities of legal instruments and in the relationship with support institutions, in the sense of improving efficiency and controls, with a view to ensuring the correct use of public resources contributed by society.
Our 2021 results have been limited by budget constraints as we have been dealing with regular budget cuts in recent years. The discretionary budget has been in sharp decline since 2016, resulting in a 2021 budget representing 53.5% of the 2010 budget, if adjusted by the annual IPCA. A similar scenario occurs with the current cost per student equivalent, which is an indication of the Federal Court of Audit (TCU) that UFLA is already one of the less valuable Federal Institutions of Higher Education. Were it not for these limitations, further progress would have been possible.
Moreover, we are very concerned about the trade union economic and financial sustainability in the coming years, because if the trend of underfunding continues, the downstream activities will be unfeasible, even with the good planning and prioritization, which have been exercised by the management. One of the biggest challenges is the shortage of management technicians in education. As of 2008, UFLA has nearly tripled the number of students, and doubled the number of professors, but due to the extinction of TAE jobs, the increase in this category was only 1.7 times. During this period, 35% of the technical personnel that existed in 2008 were lost due to extinction. The student/TAE ratio increased from 13:1 to 23:1 between 2007 and 2019, respectively, and the minimum not compromising the quality of final activities is 15:1. The TAE/teacher ratio, another important indicator, increased from 0.94 to 0.73 between 2007 and 2019 respectively. The minimum acceptable ratio is 1: 1 (Fig. 1).
This situation in the technical-managerial staff led to an increase in employment spending by almost 400%, with 2007 as the reference, and the highest point in 2019 (the last full year without a pandemic). Forecasting the expenditure of these resources is a greater challenge for the current year and the coming years, taking into account the inflation scenario experienced by the country. In doing so, the cost of the institution will become useless in a short time, harming the quality and viability of this century-old institution, which is very important for the development of Brazil and the world. Today, at least 120 jobs of administrative technicians are needed to solve the problem.
The problem was worse with carrying out academic activities on the UFLA campus in São Sebastião de Paraíso, and fulfilling the UFLA’s commitment to the community and the MEC, where 60 (60) TAEs have been agreed, but none have been allocated to this point.
This text presents only some of the highlights on the occasion of 2021 at the Federal University of Lavras. The full report in this document meets the criteria for reliability, accuracy and completeness. The document is a complete and authoritative summary of actions performed at UFLA during the period, with the participation of professors, administrative technicians, external staff, students, and other collaborators. Due to the participatory nature of the planning and implementation of the various projects, the report was also generated from the cooperation of the various institutional actors, which were consolidated by the clients, under the regulation carried out by the Governance and Cooperation Oversight Authority from the coordination of university communications, with review and graphic publication.
Joao Crisostomo de Resende Jr. and Valter Carvalho de Andrade Jr.
See also previous years’ reports: https://ufla.br/acessoainformacao/processos-de-contas-anuais