Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Official translation into English (if original is not English): 
Rio de Janeiro State University
Mailing address: 
Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524 - Maracanâ
+ 55 21 2334-2181
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Ruy Garcia Marques
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email: 
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Elaine Ferreira Torres
Focal point 1 - Title: 
Pro-Rector for Extension and Culture
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Focal point 2 - Name: 
Maria Georgina Muniz Washington
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Focal point 3 - Name: 
Ricardo Brandao Oliveria
Focal point 3 - Title: 
Associate Professor
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Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
Rio de Janeiro State University, UERJ, founded in 1950, is one of the main public institutions at the higher education sector in Brazil. It is the major state university in the State of Rio de Janeiro and provides academic services not only in the city of Rio de Janeiro, but also in six others campi located in São Gonçalo, Ilha Grande, Duque de Caxias, Teresópolis, Nova Friburgo, and Resende. The University offers a variety of high quality undergraduate and graduate degrees, research excellence and programs highly relevant to strategic, social, economic and cultural areas. The university governance is carried out by a rector and vice-rector, both elected by the academic community each four years. The rector and vice-rector indicate the pro-rectors for the undergraduate programs, research and graduate programs, and for extension and cultural activities. In addition, the academic structure of the university includes four directors for each of the following areas: life sciences, natural sciences and technology, social sciences, and humanities. In total, UERJ comprises 31 colleges and institutes, a university hospital and a health polyclinic. Each of these academic units have a director elected for a period of four years and are structured by departments. Two university councils carry out the University’s governance system. The CONSUN, with up to 47 members, is the principal executive and police-making body of the university. It has overall responsibility for the university’s administration and for the management of its finances and property. The CSEPE, with up 27 members, is responsible for the university’s academic policy and strategic educational direction. The councils members are elected by the academic community every two years. Each council comprises committees that are responsible for specific strategic academic actions. The University is home to 20,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students, 650 primary school students, 3,014 permanent faculty members, and 4,500 administrative officers. There are 469 laboratories for research, training, and teaching, and our research programs are supported by governmental agencies that fund approximately 400 research groups and 500 extension projects.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
UERJ carries out its activities based on the democratic principles of ethics, justice and equality. The University’s concern for social responsibility led it to pioneer inclusive programs for vulnerable groups, aiming at reducing social inequality and promoting welfare. The University has more than 1,600 internship agreements with companies and government agencies, offers about 2,300 internal scholarships every year and more than 6,000 scholarships for students from affirmative action programs. The Proiniciar Program is one of the affirmative action programs that UERJ has created to support economic vulnerable students and to ensure their stay in the University until the successful conclusion of their courses. UERJ signed an agreement with ACNUR/ONU on June 6th, 2017. It also created the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Cathedra to promote education to refugees as well as professional capacitation for faculty and prospective teachers in refugee education. There are 150 refugees enrolled in academic activities offered by UERJ. Since August 1993, UERJ also offers continuing education for senior citzens and capacitate professionals to work with this group through a special program called University of the Third Age (UNATI). The University has a Center for Environmental and Sustainable Development Studies, CEADS, located at the Ilha Grande island, southeast the state of Rio de Janeiro. Since its creation, CEADS promotes research aiming at protecting the local environment and biodiversity as well as global sustainability. Finally, UERJ has been working in cooperation with United Nations Information Center (UNIC Rio) in initiatives that can directly support United Nations mandates and its Sustainable Development Goals. In this present year, a series of activities, organized in cooperation with UNIC Rio, will celebrate 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including seminars and cultural events.