Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo is considered by the Ministério da Educação as the best private university in the State of São Paulo and the second in whole Brazil. The university is also highly reknown internationally, having developed partnerships with various universities around the world. It has started functioning in 1946 and in 1960s developed academic excellence. It gathers 217 Research Groups accredited the Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (Brazilian Council of Research). It employs more than two thousands of permanent academic staff and is committed with Continuous Education and Popular Education Programs.
DIGIT-M-ED will be led by the Faculdade de Filosofia, Comunicação, Letras e Artes. Faculdade de Filosofia, Comunicação, Letras e Artes has several partnerships with private and public institutions and is the faculty that got the highest number of undergraduate scholarships by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico. The faculty has been much involved in organizing international and national conferences in cooperation with other universities and organizations from different parts of the world and maintains inter-university relations with other international institutions such as: University of Bath, Université de Genéve, Centre des Arts et Métiers, Laboratoire de Psychologie du Travail, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Institut Universitaire de Formation de Maître Laboratorie (Université de Aix-Marseille), Universidade de Provence, Université de Paris-Nord, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackensie, University of Jyvaskyla, Stockolm Institute for Education, Open University (UK), Universidade Autonoma da Barcelona, Queens Margaaret University of Edinburg, University of Leeds, Universidade Nacional General Sarniento, University of Sydney, Eastside Institute, Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
Research related work has proved to be of high standards. Faculty members function as members in scientific editorial boards for 30 international and national academic journals. Additionally, they offer peer review services for approximately 50 academic journals. For a period of five years (2006-2011) the faculty members published an average of 7 articles per person in refereed international or national academic journals (per faculty member) – not to mention book chapters and other publications. Several members of the faculty share a common interest in teacher education, teaching and learning, language and school and company management, text and discourse in different medias, speech studies, oral and written acquisition/ learning. Moreover, a huge number of research projects ranging from verbal media and audio-visual to tactile communication and electronic media have been conducted at the Postgraduate Department of Communication and Semiotics.
The following colleagues from PUC SP are associated with the DIGIT-M-ED project: