Federal University of Pernambuco
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|Universidade Federal de Pernambuco|
Motto in English
|Established||1946 (Law School or Faculty of Law dates from 1827)|
|1,670 academic, technical 9,400|
|Undergraduates||30,678 (63 academic degree)|
|Postgraduates||12,697 (175 postgrad/43 PhD programs)|
|Location||Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
|Campus||Urban, 354.909 m square|
Federal University of Pernambuco (Portuguese: Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, UFPE) is a public university located in Recife, Brazil, established in 1946. UFPE has 70 undergraduate courses and 175 postgraduate courses. As of 2007[update], UFPE had 35,000 students and 2,000 professors. The university has three campuses: Recife, Vitória de Santo Antão, and Caruaru. Its main campus, or "Cidade Universitária", has 10 centers in 149 hectares. It is located in the west part of Recife, in the Várzea neighborhood. The Law School or Faculty of Law is located downtown.
UFPE ranks among the top Brazilian universities, being the ninth university both in size and scientific production, and the seventh among the federal institutes. UFPE's Center for Exact and Natural Sciences is consistently the strongest in research production in the university. CAPES ratings are Physics Department (rating 7/7), the Center of Informatics (rating 6/7) and the Chemistry Department (rating 6/7).
Each year over 6,000 seats are offered in a competitive entry exam (Vestibular). The median and average competition rate is of about 10 applicants for each seat.
The Faculty of Law of Olinda can be considered UFPE's precursor, created by emperor Dom Pedro I's decreet, being considered along with the Faculty of Law of USP (created in the same day), the two oldest schools of law in the country. Afterwards, the faculty was transferred to Recife, changing its name to Faculty of Law of Recife; in 1895 the School of Engineering of Pernambuco also started to function. These two faculties/free schools, and those of Medicine (1927), Philosophy currently known as Faculdade Frassinetti do Recife - FAFIRE (1941) and Belas Artes (1932), became the base courses to UFPE's formation.
On 11 August 1946, the University of Recife was created, one of the first university centers of the North and Northeast of Brazil.
In 1948, the construction of the university's campus starts. The discussion about the construction's site started a year before that. Between the cogitated places were terrains in the neighborhoods of Joana Bezerra, Santo Amaro and Ibura, the Faculty of Law's area, in Recife's centre; and a lot in Várzea, the same place where the Engenho do Meio functioned before and where the university is located nowadays. This choice was made in function of a project to the construction of an avenue in the place. Climatic conditions and the topography of the terrain were also considered.
The resources given in the acquisition and implantation of the university's campus were provenient of the state's government, that allocated 0,10% of sale taxes and consignations to the project's edification. The first buildings to be built on campus were the vivarium, a space dedicated to animal farming, that used to be located in the area which nowadays the Department of Nutrition and the Center of Health Sciences are located. The campus architetonic project's conception was made by a Venezian architect named Mário Russo.
In 1965, the University of Recife became the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), authority tied to MEC.
Campus Reitor Joaquim Amazonas (Recife)
UFPE has an urban campus of research in Cidade Universitária (west zone of Recife) with an area of 149 hectares, officially named Campus Universitário Reitor Joaquim Amazonas.
The central administration is located in the campus, along with nine of the ten academic centers headquartered in Recife, sixty seven departments, the Colégio de Aplicação, the Central Library, ten sectorial libraries, the Center of Information Technology, the University's Publisher, the Center of Physical Education and Sports, the Center of Hospitality and Tourism, Keizo Azami's Immunopathology Laboratory and the Hospital das Clínicas. It also holds the Centro de Convenções and Concha Acústica. Between UFPE's natural areas, the main one is the Cavouco stream.
The Center of Juridic Sciences (Faculty of Law of Recife), the Center of Juridic Practices, the Center of Continued Education, the Center of Radio and Television, the Pernambuco's Memorial of Medicine and Benfica's Cultural Center are all located in Recife's centre.
Campus of Caruaru
Headquartering the Academic Center of Agreste, that in its first years functioned provisionally in the Commercial Polo of Caruaru, holds classrooms, a library, an informatics lab and courses' coordinations.
In 2009, the Academic Center of Agreste had all of its activities transferred to the definitive campus.
The Academic Center of Agreste offers 11 courses.
- Business Administration and Management
- Economic Sciences
- Social Communication
- Civil Engineering
- Production Engineering
- Physics (licenciature)
- Chemistry (licenciature)
Campus of Vitória
The Academic Center of Vitória, headquartered in Vitória de Santo Antão, functions in installations donated by the Town Hall, an old building from 1927, that held a hospital and an agrotechnic school, divided in three blocks: an administrative block (Tabocas) and two blocks dedicated to education (Pirituba and Bela Vista).
- Biological Sciences (licenciature)
- Physical Education (licenciature and bachelor's degree)
- Collective Health
UFPE offers more than 90 undergraduate courses and 198 post-graduate courses, with about 40,000 students and 2,000 professors.
UFPE's first post-graduate courses were created in 1967. Since then, there's been a quantitative and qualitative evolution. Of the four initial master's degrees (Mathematics, Biochemistry, Economy and Sociology), the university currently has 71, 45 doctorates and 64 specialization courses, in the areas of Human Sciences, Literature and Arts; of Technology, Exact and Natural Sciences, Biological Sciences and Health Sciences.
UFPE is divided in centers, where the departments are located, counting with supplementary organs for administrative, cultural and academical support.
|Academical Center of Agreste (CAA)||
|Arts and Communication (CAC)||
|Academical Center of Vitória (CAV)||
|Biological Sciences (CCB)||
|Exact and Natural Sciences (CCEN)||
|Juridical Sciences (CCJ) (Faculty of Law of Recife)||
|Applied Social Sciences (CCSA)||
|Health Sciences (CCS)||
|Philosophy and Human Sciences (CFCH)||
|Technology and Geosciences (CTG)||