The Graduate Program in Human Movement Sciences (PPGCMH)
was created in 1989 as a master’s degree program. For
the first class, four students were selected, who were
advised by professors Adroaldo Cezar Araujo Gaya,
Alfredo Gomes de Faria Júnior, Eduardo Henrique De Rose
and Ricardo Demétrio de Souza Petersen. The year 2000
was marked by the creation of the doctoral program, and
six students were selected, being advised by professors
Adroaldo Cezar Araujo Gaya, Aírton da Silva Negrine,
Antônio Carlos Stringhini Guimarães, Flávia Meyer,
Ricardo Demétrio de Souza Petersen and Silvino Santin.
Today the program has 29 professors, 115 master’s
students and 117 doctoral students.
The PPGCMH curriculum is organized in semesters, with
compulsory and elective courses common to the Master’s
and Doctorate degrees. It comprises two areas of study:
Human Movement, Culture and Education; and Human
Movement, Health and Performance. Both are structured on
a solid foundation of relationship with the teaching and
outreach activities of the School of Physical Education,
Physical Therapy and Dance (ESEFID).
The PPGCMH professors participate in national and
international cooperation projects with renowned
researchers and universities around the world, which
strengthens the internationalization of the program. The
PPGCMH works toward the signing of cooperation
agreements between UFRGS and other educational
institutions in Brazil and abroad, with a view to
encouraging academic mobility in doctoral courses and
promoting the recognition of academic activities.
The PPGCMH faculty members, in addition to teaching
courses in the Physical Education, Physical Therapy and
Dance undergraduate degree programs at UFRGS, also
supervise undergraduate research projects and
undergraduate final year projects. In lato sensu
graduate education, they also advise students in their
final papers. A very representative number of PPGCMH
graduates today are members of the faculty of several
undergraduate and graduate programs in Physical
Education and Physical Therapy in Brazil.
The Graduate Program in Human Movement Sciences (PPGCMH) – Master’s and Doctorate – has the following objectives:
To train teachers, professors and researchers to be autonomous in several areas of study, with mastery of a particular subject and ability to act in the planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching, research, and outreach activities.
To coordinate the training of researchers with undergraduate teaching and with the advising of undergraduate students by offering them opportunities to socialize and deepen the knowledge produced in research activity.
To consolidate ESEFID/UFRGS as a center of scientific and academic excellence in both national and international scenarios.
To produce relevant knowledge into the scope of basic and applied research projects that, through transfer and stream processes, provide the various communities of teachers and experts with consistent alternatives for their actions in the different demands in which the Human Movement Sciences have social relevance.
For the operationalization of its
research lines and projects, the PPGCMH has the support
Exercise Research Laboratory (LAPEX), located in
a modern building with new and sophisticated equipment
for research; the Sports Excellence Center (CENESP);
Edgar Sperb Library, which contains a
specialized collection in physical education, physical
therapy, dance, sports sciences and human movement; and
Sports Memory Center (CEME), which houses an
important collection of sports, physical education,
leisure and dance in Brazil, and has been an important
place of consultation for researchers. The PPGCMH is
also co-responsible for the systematic publication of
Movimento”, which is oriented to the publication
of texts in the scope of Social and Human Sciences, and
at the interface with the Human Movement Sciences.