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Rio de Janeiro State University

Rio de Janeiro State University
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Established December 4, 1950
Type Public
Chancellor Sérgio Cabral Filho [1]
Rector Ricardo Vieiralves de Castro
Admin. staff 4,174
Students 23,386
Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro State University[2] (Portuguese: Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, UERJ) is one of the largest universities in Brazil. The university's law school is among the best in the country.[3] Its main campus is located at Francisco Negrão de Lima in the Maracanã neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro city. Other campuses can found at: Nova Friburgo (Polytechnic Institute), Duque de Caxias, Ilha Grande, Resende, Teresópolis, and São Gonçalo.


  • History 1
  • Education 2
  • Health 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The university was founded on December 4, 1950 as a Federal District University (UDF). Due to political shifts, the university experienced various name changes. In 1961, after the Federal District was moved to Brasilia, the university was renamed Guanabara State University (UEG). It was only in 1975 that the university received its current name, when the State of Guanabara merged with the Old State of Rio de Janeiro to form the New State of Rio de Janeiro.

The university's first four schools were the Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Economic Sciences, the Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Philosophy of the La Fayette Institute, and the Faculty of Medical Sciences.[2]

Some of the schools (e.g. the Faculty of Law, founded in 1935) are older than the university itself, and were joined together upon the University's founding.


UERJ currently counts approximately 23,000 students. These alumni have one of the state's biggest educational structures at their disposal, with 31 undergraduate programs, unfolded in different qualifications, education, and bachelor courses. The university also boasts 40 graduate programs, divided into 38 master degree programs, two professional master degree programs and 23 doctorate degree programs. The institution offers 80 lato sensu graduate programs in Humanities and Social Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences.

In addition, the university offers primary and secondary education in the Instituto de Applicação Fernando Rodrigues da Silveira - CAp/UERJ to approximately 1,000 students. This unit serves as a teacher training center, being known for its high quality education, which can be noticed by the great number of students admitted in many universities entrance examinations.

UERJ has ample infrastructure to support the academic and cultural qualification of its students, such as auditoriums, multimedia resources, computer and science laboratories, besides various training centers. There is also a library network, Rede Sirius, composed of 21 libraries. The network offers more than 1,000 titles in different fields of knowledge, as well as some rare items, documents, iconography, and the university archives. As a complement to the learning process, UERJ offers training scheme scholarships, including those of scientific and teacher training.


UERJ offers the population of the state a vast health assistance structure, with top quality services and highly qualified professionals, adding education and research to these services. This structure has been developed since the foundation of the institution, with the incorporation of already existing units, such as Pedro Ernesto University Hospital (HUPE) and Piquet Carneiro Polyclinic (PPC), along with the creation of specialized centers.

HUPE was integrated to UERJ in 1962 and has become a household name in the state of Rio de Janeiro, not only for its role of providing medical assistance to the local population, but also in terms of its teaching practice and scientific research. With 50 medical specialties, it offers about 1,000 surgeries a month and more than 30,000 monthly medical care procedures.

Besides HUPE, there are specialized centers created to support specific public demands. Some of them pioneers, such as the Teenage Health Study Center (Nesa) and the Clinic for the Treatment of Pain, which combats chronic pain. There are also Center for Senior Citizens’ Care (UNATI), Hypertension Care Clinic (Clinex), Ricardo Montalban’s Outpatient Psychiatric Hospital, among others.

Moreover, Piquet Carneiro Polyclinic, a former medical care center, integrates teaching and assistance at the University. The Polyclinic is responsible for more than 15,000 monthly ambulatory and home appointments, counting on many medical specialties. In its Center for Minor Surgery, the medical teams execute surgeries of little complexity which need no hospitalization.

The health assistance structure at UERJ still counts on other centers that offer specialized assistance to the population, such as the University Center for Cancer Control(CUCC) created in partnership with the National Institute for Cancer and Petrobras (the Brazilian national oil company).

In spite of all these actions, the site of the main campus is still a public health concern, as a preferred site for suicides. Due to ease of public access, lack of vigilance and tall buildings with wide windows and interconnected by free ramps, many suicides choose the facilities to jump off. Nevertheless, the dean offices treat the subject as taboo and do not publish statistics of such cases, allegedly to avoid further attempts.[4]


  1. ^ Under the University's statutes, the Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro holds the ceremonial position of Chancellor of the University ex officio.
  2. ^ a b
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  4. ^ 2nd Brazilian Congress of Suicide Studies

External links

  • - UERJ's Website (Portuguese)
    • Languages (English)/(Spanish)/(French)
  • - ESDI's Website
  • - ESDI's Website (Portuguese)

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