History and Mission

To push the boundaries of knowledge in social sciences and related fields through the production and dissemination of ideas, data and information, as well as their preservation and systematic organization; to contribute to the country’s social and economic development, improving the nation’s ethical standards, promoting a responsible and shared governance, and inserting the country into the international stage.

Our History

Fundação Getulio Vargas was founded on December 20, 1944. Its initial purpose was to train qualified personnel for the administration of the country’s public and private sectors. At the time, Brazil had already begun to lay the foundations for the growth that would take place decades later. Anticipating the dawn of a new era, FGV decided to broaden its scope of action, moving from the more limited field of administration into the broader one of social sciences and economics. The institution went beyond the education boundaries and ventured into the domains of research and information, becoming a benchmark for quality and excellence. An institution characterized by its boldness and pioneering spirit, the Fundação Getulio Vargas was the first in Brazil to offer public and private administration undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as graduate programs in economics, psychology, accounting and education.

FGV was also responsible for laying the foundations for a well-grounded economy, introducing concepts such as balance of payments, national account and economic indicators. These initiatives have helped graduating professionals and ordinary citizens to better understand the country’s economic and social performance.


  • The reputation of FGV’s criteria and actions has been built over generations, resulting from the talent and dedication of men of the highest caliber – such as Luiz Narciso Alves de Mattos, Eugênio Gudin, Themistocles Brandão Cavalcanti, Alexandre Kafka, Octavio Gouvêa de Bulhões, Emílio Mira y Lopes and Mario Henrique Simonsen, to mention just a few –, whose determination overcame all manner of obstacles. Thanks to those idealists and their diligent work, political and business leaders, executives, researchers and students can continue to renew their trust in this institution’s reputation and principles, corroborating its prestige both nationally and abroad.
  • The products and services offered by Fundação Getulio Vargas make a permanent contribution to the productivity and competitiveness growth of a large number of businesses, as well as the improvement of local, state and federal governmental institutions. A thorough knowledge of the market’s dynamics and practices, coupled with its faculty’s outstanding academic competence and international experience, have enabled FGV to provide diverse and comprehensive programs that meet the needs and expectations of its clientele, both in the public and private sectors.


  • As a leader in developing and improving ideas that contribute to national development, FGV encourages and invests in academic research. This results in the production of relevant studies, acclaimed both nationally and abroad. The subjects covered are macro and microeconomics, finance, law, health, social welfare, poverty and unemployment, pollution and sustainable development. The institution also sponsors research programs in the fields of history, social sciences, education, justice, citizenship and politics.
  • In addition to that, FGV carries out custom-made projects for the public sector, private enterprises and international institutions, such as the World Bank Group (WBG). Besides that, through IBRE – the Brazilian Institute of Economics, FGV generates indicators and reports that contribute to the guidance of the Brazilian economy.