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Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


University description (as per official university website)

The history of the State University of Rio de Janeiro began in 1950 with the founding of the University of Distrito Federal (UDF). Throughout these decades, UERJ grew and established itself as one of the leading universities in the country Its importance in the Brazilian academic space can be attested by the quality of higher education it offers, the value of its scientific production, by the hundreds of extension projects developing, promoting culture and the many services rendered to the population.

His concern for the customer service and constant improvement of its services has led the University was a pioneer in the creation of an ombudsman's own: it was the first public university of Rio de Janeiro to create this instance of citizenship. Public institution, its mission is based on principles of equality and diversity, was also a forerunner in the implementation of the system of quotas for admission via entrance exam.

The history of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) started on December 4, 1950, with the enactment of municipal law No. 547, establishing a new University of Distrito Federal (UDF). Unlike the institution's namesake, founded in 1935 and disbanded in 1939, the new University has gained strength and became a benchmark in higher education, research and extension in the Southeast.
In this way, it saw its name change, following the political changes that occurred. In 1958, the UDF was renamed University of Rio de Janeiro (URJ). In 1961, after the transfer of the Federal District to the newly inaugurated Brasilia, the URJ was renamed the State University of Guanabara (UEG). Finally, in 1975, won the final name of the State University of Rio de Janeiro.

Created from the merger of the Faculty of Economics of Rio de Janeiro, School of Law in Rio de Janeiro, the Faculty of Philosophy Institute of La Fayette and the Faculty of Medical Sciences, the University has grown, incorporating and creating new units with over the years. The founding colleges have joined such institutions as the School of Industrial Design (ESDI), the General Hospital Pedro Ernesto (Hupe), the School of Nursing Rachel Haddock Lobo, among others. In addition, new units were created to meet the demands of University and community, as the Office Application (CAP) and Editora UERJ (Eduerj), among others.
In these sixty-year history, the University grew in size, structure and importance in regional and national scenarios.

Each year, the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) has expanded its research infrastructure, with the installation of new laboratories, signing agreements scientific-technical, creation of research groups and increases in support programs. The result is the increase of scientific publications of the University. Currently, UERJ has approximately 200 research groups and over a thousand registered researchers at the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

To support the scientific output of their students, the University offers about 600 scholarships for post-graduate programs, offered by CNPq and by the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education (Capes), and 700 scholarships for undergraduate students linked to Scholarship Program for Undergraduate Research (Pibic), funded by CNPq and UERJ.

One way of encouraging teachers to the University's Program of Incentives to Scientific and Technological (Prociência). Created in 1996, the Program provides for the dedication of research and development projects in parallel with activities in the classroom. Today, it serves 359 scholars.
Another initiative is the Visiting Professor program, which allows the Academic Units hired, temporarily, with extensive experience teaching science in order to enhance graduate programs and research groups.

The research structure of UERJ includes laboratories in various specialties, also used in teaching undergraduate and graduate levels. In the environmental area, the University stands with the Center for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (Ceads), located in Grand Island in the municipality of Angra dos Reis, south of the state. The Center provides the infrastructure necessary to conduct research and fieldwork in the region, both scientists and students from UERJ and other institutions.

Extension and Culture
The condition of state institution UERJ gives a strong commitment to regional development that is embodied in an intense outreach activity. Over the years, the University has worked to build public policy through projects aimed at improving the living conditions of the population of Rio de Janeiro. At the same time, the extension provides the exchange of knowledge and experience between the academic community and general public.
The UERJ Without Walls is a good example of the University's commitment to open its doors to the public. This is an annual event that provides services and outreach activities promoted by UERJ.

Another prominent initiative is the Open University of the Third Age (Unati), which develops various projects for the physical and mental health of the elderly, contributing to their integration and social inclusion.
In addition to actions and extension projects, the University offers a wide and varied artistic and cultural programming. For this, UERJ has privileged spaces such as theaters Odylo Costa, Noel Rosa and son, Candido Portinari and the Galleries of the Cultural Center and Schnoor Gustavo Concha Acústica. The average audience for events sponsored by the University is 130 thousand people per year.
The events and activities to provide ongoing academic community and the population of Rio de Janeiro access to culture at various levels, from pop to classical.

The University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio offers a wide population structure of health care with cutting-edge services and highly qualified professionals, combining teaching and research to service. This structure has been built since the founding of the institution, with the incorporation of existing units, such as the University Hospital Pedro Ernesto (Hupe) and Polyclinic Piquet Carneiro (PPC), and the creation of centers and specialized centers.
Integrated with UERJ in 1962, Hupe is one of the largest teachers care of the State of Rio de Janeiro. With 50 medical specialties, accounts for nearly one thousand surgeries per month and more than 30 000 outpatient visits per month.

Hupe premises of work centers and specialized centers designed to meet the specific demands of the population. Some are pioneers, such as the Center for the Study of Adolescent Health (Nesa), the ward Aloysio Amancio da Silva and Pain Clinic, devoted to fighting chronic pain from various origins. There is also the Center for Elderly Care (NAI), the Hypertension Clinic of the Laboratory of Clinical and Experimental Pathophysiology (CLINEX) and the Psychiatric Day Hospital Ricardo Montalban, among others.
The Polyclinic Piquet Carneiro, former Tour Healthcare St. Francis Xavier, was built to UERJ in 1995 with the signing of an agreement of co-management with the Ministry of Health, establishing a teaching aid integration with the University. Monthly, the Polyclinic is responsible for more than 15 000 outpatient and home visits, in several specialties. In its Ambulatory Surgery Center, interventions are performed with little complexity and without requiring hospitalization.

The structure of health care UERJ has other centers that offer specialized care to the population, as the University Center for Cancer Control (Cucco), created in partnership with the National Cancer Institute (Inca) and Petrobras, the Center for Control Tobacco Use, a reference center of the Inca, and the Center for Studies and Research in Drug Abuse Warning (Nepad), among others.

The creation of academic units within the state is expanding the population's access to activities undertaken by the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), confirming the excellence of its academic work and positioning it as an important social and economic development agencies of the State .

Beyond Campus Francisco Negrão de Lima, Rio de Janeiro, the University is present in other municipalities. Duque de Caxias, located in the Faculty of Education of the Baixada Fluminense, in Nova Friburgo Polytechnic Institute, in Resende, Faculty of Technology at Saint Mary, the Teacher Training College, in Grand Island in the municipality of Angra dos Reis, the Center for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development in Teresopolis, the School of Tourism.

These units help to overcome local problems and development of municipalities, drawing on the potential of each region, acting in a significant way to improve the social and economic conditions of communities.
The UERJ further provides other forms of internalization, developing internship programs as the Rural and Distance Education.

Quota system
The University of Rio de Janeiro was a pioneer in adopting the system of quotas on the basis of a state bill to reserve 50% of its seats in the 2003 entrance exam for students who attended high school in public schools . This year were two separate competitions (one for SADE and one for the traditional vestibular), both with the inclusion of African descent, but without cutting socio-economic development. This process was modified by Law? 4151, promulgated on September 4, 2003, with the first students entering the Vestibular 2004. This law established vacancies reserved for needy students in the minimum percentage of 45% (forty-five per cent), distributed as follows:
I - 20% (twenty percent) of students from public schools;
II-20% (twenty percent) for blacks, and
III - 5% (five percent) for people with disabilities and members of minority groups and, with the publication of Law No. 5074/2007, were included in this type of quota even the children of police officers, soldiers, firefighters and military inspectors security and prison management, killed or disabled because of service.
In December 2008, the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro decreed and sanctioned the Law 5346/08 which establishes in its articles:
Article 1 is hereby established for ten years, the quota system for admission into state universities, adopted in order to ensure selection and final classification in the entrance examination to the following students, since poor * (currently the court established by the socioeconomic University is R $ 960.00 monthly per capita):
Article 2 The quotas of places for admission into state universities will be as follows, respectively:
I - 20% (twenty percent) for Blacks and Indians II - 20% (twenty percent) of students from public schools; III - 5% (five percent) for people with disabilities, terms of legislation, and children of policemen, soldiers, firefighters and military safety inspectors and prison administration, killed or disabled because of service.
Article 3 is the duty of the State of Rio de Janeiro provide the social inclusion of disadvantaged students recipients of affirmative action object of this Act, promoting its basic maintenance and preparing its entry into the labor market, including through the following actions: I - pay grant-aid during the college course; II - proportional reservation of vacancies in stages in the direct and indirect state administration; III - introduction of specific personal credit for installation of businesses or business professionals and small service centers .

As a policy of stay for students from the University reserve places developed the Initiation Program Academic (PROINICIAR) instrumental offering courses, workshops and cultural activities. Besides the academic activities of these students receive the Scholarship Residence, currently worth £ 300.00 (three hundred reais), throughout the university and part of the teaching material for carrying out their activities.

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