Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca

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Centro Federal de Educação Tecnologica Celso Suckow da Fonseca (CEFET/RJ)
Established 1917
Type Public university system, Federal
Chancellor Carlos Henrique Figueiredo Alves
Vice-Chancellor Mauricio Motta
Students 2,086
Location Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (state), Brazil
Campus 3 campus (Maracanã, Maria da Graça and Nova Iguaçu
Website [1]

The Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca, CEFET-RJ, is a Brazilian federal educational institution subordinated to the Brazilian Ministry of Education. It offers graduate and undergraduate level courses in addition to its sought-after technical high school courses (930 admissions among 11035 candidates in 2008 - Maracanã campus) [2].

The school's education is focused in the engineering fields of mechanics, information technology, electronics, telecommunication, metallurgy, petrochemical and electrical.

Its multicampus headquarters is in Maracanã with an additional campus in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Maria da Graça and another one in the city of Nova Iguaçu north of Rio de Janeiro.
Thanks to federal subsidies the school does not charge tuition.

CEFET RJ Front Entrance (Maracanã Ave) Circa 1979 - Taken with a Polaroid Instant Camera

The history of CEFET/RJ[edit]

In Brazil, the Federal Centers for Technical Education (CEFETs) reflect an evolution of a kind of educational institution that in the 20th century helped to industrialize the country. The history of these centers is connected to the origin of professional education in Brazil going back to 1909 when President Nilo Peçanha mandated the creation of the apprenticeship Schools in every Brazilian state capital vis-à-vis providing free elementary and professional education.

The institution we know as CEFET/RJ started in 1917 as the Escola Normal de Artes e Ofícios Wenceslau Brás. In 1919 the school moved under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. After the reformulation of the Ministry of Education in 1937 it became part of the network of professionalizing schools maintained by the Federal Government.

The school was also known as:
Escola Tecnica Nacional, Escola Tecnica Federal da Guanabara (1965)
Escola Tecnica Federal Celso Suckow da Fonseca (in 1967, as a posthumous homage to its first director)
Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca (1978)

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Coordinates: 22°54′43″S 43°13′28″W / 22.91205°S 43.22452°W / -22.91205; -43.22452