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Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is the largest federal university in Brazil and is one of the Brazilian centers of excellence in teaching and research. In terms of scientific, artistic and cultural productions it is recognized nationally and internationally due to the great teachers, researchers, reviews and assessments made by international agencies. In 2015 QS World University Rankings ranked UFRJ as the best Brazilian federal university, as well as the third best university in the country occupying the ninth position among institutions of Latin America.

Brazil’s first official higher education institution, it has operated continuously since 1792. Today it has157 undergraduate and 580 postgraduate courses, the UFRJ is responsible for seven museums, most notably the National Museum, nine hospitals, hundreds of laboratories and research facilities and forty-three libraries. Its history and identity are closely tied to the Brazilian ambitions of forging a modern, competitive and just society. The university is located mainly in Rio de Janeiro, with ramifications spreading to other ten cities.

UFRJ is one of the main incubators in the formation of the Brazilian intellectual elite, contributing significantly to build not only the history of Rio de Janeiro but also of Brazil. Some of its former students include renowned economists Carlos Lessa and Mario Henrique Simonsen; Minister Marco Aurélio Mello; the architect Oscar Niemeyer; the educator Anísio Teixeira; the engineer Benjamin Constant Botelho; writers Clarice Lispector, Jorge Amado and Vinicius de Moraes; politicians Francisco Pereira Passos, Osvaldo Aranha and Pedro Calmon, besides the great physicians Carlos Chagas, Oswaldo Cruz and Vital Brazil.


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Preventing future pandemics starts with recognizing links between human and animal health

How can nations prevent more pandemics like COVID-19? One priority is reducing the risk of diseases’ jumping from animals to humans. And that means understanding how human actions fuel that risk.
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Le football en 2050 : le stade d’après

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L'entrée du musée national, à Rio de Janeiro le lendemain d'un incendie survenu le 2 septembre. Les flammes ont ravagé le bâtiment et de très nombreuses collections rassemblant des années de recherche sur les civilisations et cultures amérindiennes. AFP

Au Brésil, la culture immolée : une anthropologue raconte

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In life, Marielle Franco fought against racism in Brazil. Her death put this often-overlooked subject on the front page. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Assassination in Brazil unmasks the deadly racism of a country that would rather ignore it

Race has long been a taboo subject in Brazil. With the March 14 killing of the black Rio politician Marielle Franco, any myth of the country as a ‘racial democracy’ has been broken wide open.
Rio’s new mayor, a former evangelical bishop, has called homosexuality a sin, but Rio is proud of its tolerance and diversity. Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Rio de Janeiro’s new evangelical mayor could threaten the city’s famed diversity

Famously freewheeling – but also violent and unequal – Rio de Janeiro has elected a right-wing former pentecostal bishop as mayor. What’s at stake for this ‘gay, black and tolerant’ Brazilian city?


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