Back in 1933, the dream of Mario Veiga de Almeida starts the history of UVA.
Aged 16, along with his sister, Maria Anunciação de Almeida, Mario Veiga de Almeida, founder of the Veiga de Almeida University, starts reading and writing classes for children who, with reading difficulties, were unable to keep up with the scripture classes at the Holy Christ church, where he did voluntary work. As a classroom they used the dining table of the modest house where they lived, adopted by their godparents, having lost their parents while still children.
In 1937, the improvised school room changes its address, to a house with a few classrooms, and thus the first school is born; the Sacred Heart of Jesus School.
In 1945 another move, this time to the Heart of Jesus Institute, and then in the 1950's, to the Veiga de Almeida High School, by this time with some 3,000 pupils.
Higher education began in 1971, with the creation of the Veiga de Almeida Engineering School, giving programs in Civil and Electrical Engineering. In 1992 the creation of new programs led to recognition and official accreditation by the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) for the Veiga de Almeida University, which currently has 3 campuses and a center of excellence for health.
"The Veiga de Almeida University (UVA) has taken as its mission the qualification of professionals, offering high-quality teaching and stimulus, while developing research and promoting extension activities that are meaningful to the community, in this way contributing to creating citizens in the fullest sense of the word, based on an innovative culture and humanist, ethical and democratic principles."
"UVA's vision is to be recognized as an up-to-date and innovative university for the professional and groundbreaking competences of its graduates, the contribution of its research applied to the demands of society and the productive sector, and for the impact of its extension activities, developed particularly in the regions where it is active".
Management of the Veiga de Almeida University takes a strategic stance in the State of Rio de Janeiro, through a professional, modern, efficient, human, agile and effective administration, focused on goals, integrated actions and results.
UVA, in performing its mission: "is guided by the principles of fairness and ethics, based upon democratic premises; - of equality, human solidarity, truth, freedom of expression, equal opportunities, honesty, merit, efficiency, efficacy, innovation and respect for the individual."