Federal Institute of Pernambuco

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Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Pernambuco
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RectorAnália Keila Rodrigues Ribeiro
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8°3′6″S 34°57′3″W / 8.05167°S 34.95083°W / -8.05167; -34.95083Coordinates: 8°3′6″S 34°57′3″W / 8.05167°S 34.95083°W / -8.05167; -34.95083
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The Pernambuco Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology (Portuguese: Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Pernambuco, IFPE) is a Brazilian institution of higher education located in Pernambuco State, Brazil. Its rectory is headquartered in Recife, Pernambuco. The IFPE is one of the oldest and most traditional among the Federal Institutes, it has 9 campuses and offers Technical, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as researches and scientific production.


The IFPE was founded on 23 September 1909, making it the oldest federal institute in Brazil. It has already been given numerous names, such as: Escola de Artifícies do Recife(1909), Liceu Industrial, Escola Técnica do Recife e Escola Técnica Federal de Pernambuco(ETFPE). Most of those names were related to its mission in the past: Give to Pernambuco people an industrial education with high standards.

The IFPE has been hosted in 4 different locations until now, they were: The Mercado Delmiro Gouveia, in the Derby Neighborhood(1910-1923), then it moved to The Ginásio Pernambucano School, and finally it moved back to Derby. In 1975, the IFPE suffered its biggest disaster, at that time a huge flooding hit Recife, specially at Derby Neighborhood, since the IFPE was hosted on the banks of the Capibaribe River it was very affected. After this, on 17 January 1983, the school decided to move to a new and today's location, at the Cidade Universitária neighborhood.

This new place is located in the most educational neighborhood in Recife, there is hosted the Federal University of Pernambuco(UFPE), the Pernambuco Federal Institute of Technology(ITEP), the Regional Center of Nuclear Science(CRCN), the Superintendência de Desenvolvimento do Nordeste(Sudene), and the Recife Military School(CMR). Its structure was considered a model for all the technical schools of that time.

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In 1999 the IFPE was named Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Pernambuco(CEFET-PE), which started offering undergraduate courses in a technical level. Since that time until now the IFPE is innovating in technical courses, it was pioneer to start the Work Security course(Portuguese: Segurança do Trabalho), which allows the professional administer factors such as hygiene and security in a technician level, specially in the civil construction.

Its Chemical Industry course is also considered one of the best and most innovative courses all over Brazil.

In 2008, was finally named Instituto Federal de Ciência e Tecnologia de Pernambuco. Which allows it to offer bachelor's and master's degrees in the Science, Engineering and Technological areas.

It continues with its innovative actions. The Civil Production Engineering course can be highlighted as one of its actions. Since Brazil is in a boom in its Economy and civil construction, there's a lack of civil engineers and architects, the course has the mission to form engineers who can manage and improve the level and quality of production, beyond the standard formation offered in the Civil Engineering course. It is the first course of its kind in the north-northeastern part of Brazil.

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