A first premise is the multiplicity of positions and free debate on any issues that may be addressed. A second premise is that the academic world is inserted in the sociopolitical reality of the city of Porto Alegre, the state of Rio Grande do Sul and Brazil. Which means that the big debates are part of the publications and reports. The third premise is to preserve the critical spirit and reflection characteristic of the university. And the fourth premise, that the academy, maintained with public resources, exists for society. From this derives the relevance that the production of knowledge that the university community realizes through its research groups, articles, coursework, dissertations, theses, books, etc. spread to a wide range of audiences.