Fluminense Federal University

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Universidade Federal Fluminense
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Established December 18, 1960
Type Public university
Chancellor Roberto de Souza Salles
Vice-Chancellor Sidney Luiz de Matos Mello
Cabinet head Martha de Luca
Students 50,158 (2011)
Undergraduates 38,483
Postgraduates 11,675
Location Brazil Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Campus Urban
Website http://www.uff.br
Fluminense Federal University logo

The Fluminense Federal University (Portuguese: Universidade Federal Fluminense, UFF) is one of the four federally funded public universities in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The university was established by federal law on December 18, 1960. It is the union of five federal colleges and three state colleges. It has about 50,000 undergraduate students, and 12,000 graduate students (2011). It has six campuses in the city of Niterói, on the southeast side of Guanabara Bay, and 12 satellite campuses in towns of the state. There are 68 undergraduate and 208 graduate (Ph.D., Master and Specialization) programs available at UFF in Natural and Social Sciences.

The word fluminense in Portuguese, from Latin flumen ("river"), is the native adjective for the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The Law School of Fluminense Federal University was founded in 1912.

The School of Medicine of Fluminense Federal University is one of the Brazilian leading schools in scientific research and article publications.

UFF holds the first undergraduate course in Film ever created in Brazil, founded by Nelson Pereira dos Santos.

Campuses and other installations[edit]

UFF is spread over the city of Niterói. There are three big campuses in Niterói: Campus do Gragoatá, at São Domingos; Campus da Praia Vermelha, at Boa Viagem and Campus do Valonguinho, in the downtown area.

Campus do Gragoatá hosts History, Social Sciences, Psychology, Education, Language and Literature, Social Service, International Relations and Sport Science. Located at São Domingos, one of the oldest and best preserved neighborhoods in town, the campus has contributed to a change in the area. Once strictly residential, the area has restaurants, bookstores and cultural areas.

Campus da Praia Vermelha houses the Engineering, Architecture, Physics, Geophysics, Geography and Computer Science courses. Some of the buildings in campus are historical and contrast with modern constructions in the area.

At Campus do Valonguinho, the closest to the ferryboat station that goes to Rio de Janeiro, the courses are Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Dentistry, Nutrition, Tourism, Business Administration, Accounting, Mathematics and Statistics.

Some schools and institutes are located outside campuses, such as the Institute of Art and Social Communication, with the courses of Film and Video Studies, Marketing, Journalism, Library Studies, Media and Cultural Production; the School of Economics, the Law School, the Medical School, the Nursing School, the Biomedical Institute, the Veterinary School and the Pharmacy School and the Institute of Community Health at the University Hospital Antônio Pedro.

The Rectory Building, also an off-campus art déco preserved building, houses most of administrative facilities, including the International Office.

There are undergraduate and graduate programs offered in over 10 cities across Rio de Janeiro State. In the north, in the state of Pará, in the Amazon Forest, the Campus de Oriximiná offers service activities to the community and it is used as a medical research field for scholars and students.

There are 24 branch libraries at UFF. A summary of university libraries and resources and services may be found at www.ndc.uff.br.

UFF Art Center is a complex located at the Rectory Building that includes a theater, a movie theater and an art gallery. They all offer cultural activities, at a low cost, to the people of Niterói. Exhibits, shows, concerts, and plays provide interaction between the university and the local community. Information at www.uff.br/centroartes.


Fluminense Federal University appears in several Latin American rankings.[1] The most traditional courses are Law (2008 enrollment rate: 4,8%), Medicine (2011 enrollment rate: 1,4%), Economics, Engineering (in 2011 Civil Engineering was the most disputed one, with an enrollment rate of 4,5%), History (2011:17%) and Film (2011: 6,1%), besides the growing reputation in International Relations (2011: 2,8%), Publicity and Advertising (2011: 3%), Journalism (2011: 4,2%).

Notable alumni[edit]

Brazilian Presidents

  • President Ranieri Mazzilli (1910–1975): former President of Brazil. Bachelor in Law.

Governors of Rio de Janeiro

Mayors of Rio de Janeiro

  • Cesar Maia (1945-): politician and economist, three times mayor of Rio de Janeiro. Cesar Maia is one of the national leaders of Democratas, the right-wing Brazilian party.

Other politicians and diplomacy






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Coordinates: 22°54′15″S 43°07′00″W / 22.90417°S 43.11667°W / -22.90417; -43.11667