Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Official translation into English (if original is not English): 
Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
Mailing address: 
Avenida Senador Salgado Filho, 3000 - Campus Universitário Lagoa Nova - Natal RN - CEP 59078-970
+55 84 33422271
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
José Daniel Diniz Melo
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Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email: 
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Márcio Venício Barbosa
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International Relations Officer
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Focal point 2 - Name: 
Aldo Aloísio Dantas da Silva
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Pro-Rector of Extention
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Focal point 3 - Name: 
Elaine Cristina Gavioli
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Deputy Pro-Rector of Research
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Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
The Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), founded in June 25th 1958, is a comprehensive public university built in an area of approximately 300.000 m2, divided into 5 campuses distributed in different locations in the State of RN (Brazil). Its main campus is located in Natal although, overall, UFRN offers 120 undergraduate programs, including distant learning mode. The academic community comprises over 43.000 students, 5.500 (technical and administrative staff), and over 2.200 research and teaching staff. Fostering the graduate level, UFRN offers 127 courses (MSc and PhD) through 90 Graduate Programs in which up to 5000 students are enrolled. As a consequence of this evolution several PhD Programs have improved their evaluation on the CAPES System (which range goes from 0 to 7) making the best grade such as the Materials Science and Engineering Program (grade 7); Psychobiology Program and the Ecology Program (grade 6). UFRN is also a pole of excellence for research, innovation and technology in several fields and is strongly committed with scientific and technological development. Research is seen as necessarily sensitive and engaged with social issues fostering a knowledge production capable to respond to both regional, national and international demands. More than 350 research groups are officially registered at DGP/CNPq developing almost 2000 research projects, many of them with international cooperation. Some of UFRN’s International activities are developed in areas of excellency such as the Center of Petroleum and Renewable Energies, the Institute of Physics, the Neuroscience Institute, the Institute of Tropical Medicine, the Metropolis Institute and the Ágora Institute of Modern Foreign Languages which, among other activities, offers Portuguese for foreigners course, free of charge, to all international students and researchers from partners institutions. UFRN maintain an International Relations Office consisting of a structure of coordination, supervision and operational support to the development of internationalisation initiatives of teaching, research and community service, particularly in the context of academic cooperation and mobility.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
UFRN maintains projects focused on sustainability and local problem solving, acting in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. All projects presented by the academic community, whether research or extension, must indicate the SDG that guides their actions. One of the oldest extension programs at UFRN, named “Trails Potiguares”, created in 1996, was already acting in the direction of the SDGs even before the establishment of this agenda by the UN, since it is all based on the effective interaction between the University and the community of small municipalities in Rio Grande do Norte, with up to 15,000 inhabitants. Each year, about 20 small municipalities enroll in this program and receive students and teachers from UFRN, whose mission is to propose new ways of applying the knowledge generated at the university, from the contact with the deeLX3KAmands of each community involved, seeking as one of their primary goals, the solidarity construction of knowledge focused on its sustainable development. In addition to the great annual experience of the “Trails Potiguares”, which has already been extended overseas, in an international edition in Mozambique, UFRN maintains several projects involving the external community, such as the course “University Extension and Youth: Contributions to Local Sustainable Development”, under the Oasis Project of University Experiences, besides the performance of research groups such as GEPETIS - Study and Research Group on space, work, innovation and sustainability; ECOAR - Design, Innovation and Sustainability; ESHIS - Strategies in Hospital Services and Health Innovation and GPIX - Internationalisation, Innovation and Sustainability Research Group. With the intention of settling down doctors in the interior of the state, promoting medical care and preventive actions in the field of human health, the Multicampi Medicine Course was created, based on the cities of Caicó, Currais Novos, Santa Cruz and Macaíba, in the Problem Basic Learning, which has been getting excellent results. Also in the field of human health, it is noteworthy the performance of the Health Innovation Laboratory - LAIS, which acts in direct partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Health and several renowned foreign institutions, proposing health education solutions through new technologies. Likewise, several other UFRN’s institutes, such as the Brain Institute and the Tropical Medicine Institute contribute to the same end and in addition to the researches they carry out, they also open an action axis aimed at serving the population through projects that address for example the cognitive aspects of learning or the prevention and treatment of neglected diseases.