Unicamp was officially founded on October 5, 1966, the day its foundation stone was laid. Even in a recent university context, in which the oldest Brazilian university is just over seven decades old, Unicamp can be considered a young institution that has already achieved a strong tradition in teaching, research and relations with society.

On September 9, 1965, the State Education Council appointed the Organizing Committee of the University of Campinas with the purpose of studying and planning the gradual formation and installation of its Units, since only the Faculty of Medicine was in operation. The Commission was composed of Professors Zeferino Vaz (president), Paulo Gomes Romeo and Antonio Augusto de Almeida. As a result of the Commission's work, the foundation stone of the University was laid on a plot of land measuring 30 acres, donated by João Adhemar de Almeida Prado on October 05, 1966. The final report prepared by the Commission was approved and Prof. Zeferino Vaz, the University enters its real installation phase.

The cornerstone of the University campus was laid on October 5, 1966, on a plot of land measuring 30 acres, donated by João Adhemar de Almeida Prado, 12 kilometers from the center of Campinas. The launch takes place a month after Zeferino Vaz met with businesspeople in the region to define the profile of the courses to be implemented. The State Education Council subtitles the installation and operation of the Institutes of Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and the Faculties of Engineering, Food Technology, Science and Nursing, and the Technical Colleges. On December 22, Zeferino Vaz is appointed to the position of rector.