The GPKEM was the first Graduate Program in Knowledge Engineering Management created in Brazil. It was officially launched in May 2004, at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in the city of Florianopolis.

The epistemological maturity of the PPGEGC has been built since the 1980. The Program has addressed its topics of interest to the contemporary global agenda, ,, such as: cognition, applied intelligence, corporate education, production systems, total quality, environmental management, sustainability, entrepreneurship, innovation, among others.

In 1985, the Graduate Program in Production Engineering (PPGEP) expanded its areas of concentration and lines of research, giving rise to a new approach to knowledge, in an interdisciplinary way. As a result of this expansion, the PPGEGC proposal was created, with three areas of concentration: knowledge engineering, knowledge management, and knowledge media.

In 2008, the Department of Knowledge Engineering (dEGC), was created, an institutional entity that offers several disciplines to undergraduate courses at UFSC to develop an interdisciplinary vision on contemporary and emerging issues.

Throughout its history, GPKEM has won prizes and established national and international partnerships. In the last two quadrennial evaluations carried out by CAPES [1], GPKEM obtained the concept 5, considered a maximum grade for programs which only offers the master’ degree. Currently, GPKEM is aiming at improving its academic quality, Thus, it is investing in new internationalization partnerships, achieving the highest marks of excellence within CAPES evaluation.

GPKEM has already received more than 4000 applications for the Masters and almost 3000 for the doctorate level. Annually, it receives more than 500 candidates who compete for 70 vacancies a year (35 for master’s and 35 for doctorate). The Program has trained more than 500 researchers, including masters and doctors, and about 30 post-doctoral researchers.

Our alumni reinforce the relational capital of GPKEM. They can develop technical-scientific knowledge by applying methods, practices, and instruments which contribute to different types of knowledge (collective, organizational or regional) and, specifically, to the advance of the Knowledge Management Systems (CMS).

Results are evidenced by the high quality of research carried out at GPKEM; as well as by the relationships established among the Program, its graduates and different sectors of society (business, government, R&D and third sector). Since its foundation, the PPGEGC has focused on the need for interaction among different actors within regional and national systems of Science, Technology and Innovation are seen as an integral part of the evolution of the study of knowledge, and also its research object.

GPKEM conducts research and development (P&D) projects through partnerships with the government sector, enabling scholarships, grants, and financing innovation projects. Also, the Program has invested in collaborative projects aimed at social insertion or focusing on the integration of methods, techniques, and practices (management, engineering or knowledge media) applied to society and business or governmental organizations.

These initiatives led the Program to create the Sustainable Knowledge and Innovation Network; which enhances the research and training environment, bringing together students, teachers and other stakeholders of the challenges experienced in the contemporary world.

[1] Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior is a government agency linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Education in charge of promoting high standards for post-graduate courses in Brazil.