Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), also known as the Federal University of Minas Gerais, is a federal institution of higher education nestled in Belo Horizonte in Brazil. It is considered the largest federal university in Brazil and one of the country's five biggest universities. Additionally, it is ranked as one of the best institutions in Latin America.
The main campus was established in the Pampulha neighborhood, a part of the dynamic urban setting of Belo Horizonte. The neighborhood features some of the best classic and modern architectures, such as the São Francisco de Assis Church and the Pampulha Architectural Complex. Between these facilities are green spaces such as woods and lawns. Additionally, the university also has campuses in Tiradentes, which is noted to have some of the best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture, and Montes Claros, which is popular for its caves and archaeological sites.
UFMG has some of the most competitive admissions among the universities in Brazil. Its undergraduate programs are noted to be some of the best as well. Various award-giving bodies have ranked its management, communication, and psychology in the top five compared to similar programs in Brazil.
The university is composed of three closely integrated bodies: Teaching, Research, and Extension Bodies. Its academic units offer degree-granting programs in various areas of interest. Some of the most notable ones include the School of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, School of Engineering, School of Information Science, School of Music, and the School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, to name a few. Other popular departments of the university are the Faculties of Law, Education, Pharmacy, and Medicine as well as the Institutes of Agricultural Sciences, Exact Sciences, and Biological Sciences.
It also manages special units with the aim to offer courses for professionals and students of advanced education. It runs the Hospital das Clínicas and the School of Basic and Professional Education. Furthermore, some of the schools, faculties, and institutes are home to numerous complementary bodies that manage projects and services with specific goals. Among these are the Center for Conservation and Restoration of Movable Cultural Property (CECOR), the Regional Planning and Development Center (CEDEPLAR), the Legal Aid Division (DAJ), and the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies (CELC).
Campus life is not only composed of academic and research endeavors; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais values its cultural and historical roots. As such, students are encouraged to participate in various activities such as the Summer Festival, the Winter Festival, and the Jequitinhonha Craft Fair, among others.
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