The Instituto Militar de Engenharia (Military Institute of Engineering - IME) is an engineering university maintained by the Brazilian Army with Federal support. IME is the oldest and one of the best ranked engineering schools in Brazil, according to the Ministry of Education of that country, having systematically achieved first place in several of its engineering degrees. Its current campus is located in Urca, Rio de Janeiro, right across the entrance to the very famous Sugar Loaf cable car.
Founded by the Portuguesecolonial administration in 1792 as the Real Academia de Artilharia, Fortificação e Desenho, it is known as one of the oldest engineering schools ever. IME is the third oldest engineering school in the world and the oldest in Americas. The school is known for having produced some of Brazil's most notable researchers and public figures.
The Brazilian Ministry of Education develops a periodical evaluation (both through tests applied on undergraduate students and infrastructure and faculty evaluation), and IME is usually ranked among the top three schools of the country in each of its Engineering specialties. The school's admission exam for its undergraduate program is famous for being considered one of the most difficult ones, and is usually composed of Math, Physics, Chemistry, Portuguese and English tests.