A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development

BRAZIL - Universidade Federal de Viçosa

Members: 1 Member
Coordinator: Orlando Da Silva
Member type: Affiliate University Members
Member since: 17/12/2008


Universidade Federal de Viçosa 
Avenida Peter Henry Rolfs, s/n
Viçosa, MG - 36570-000

Phone: +55 31 3899 - 1280
Fax: + 55 31 3899 - 2290

Website: http://www.ufv.br

About the university: The Universidade Federal de Viçosa developed from the ESAV - Escola Superior de Agricultura e Veterinária (College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine), which was established March 30, 1922. The ESAV was inaugurated on August 28, 1926 by its creator, Arthur Bernardes, who then held the position of President of the Republic.

In 1927, teaching activities started with the establishment of the Primary and High School Courses, followed by the Undergraduate Agriculture Program, which was established in the following year. In 1932, the Undergraduate Veterinary Medicine Program was established. When the programs started, Mr. Arthur da Silva Bernardes invited Professor Peter Henry Holfs to organize and administer the ESAV. The engineer João Carlos Bello Lisboa was also invited to administer the construction of the facility.

In 1948, in order to foster the development of the College, the State Government turned it into the UREMG - Universidade Rural do Estado de Minas Gerais (Minas Gerais State Rural University), which consisted of the College of Agriculture, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Home Economics, the Graduate Program, the Research and Experimentation Service and the Extension Service.
Due to its solid base and well-structured development, the University became so well-known throughout Brazil that the Federal Government decided to federalize it on July 15, 1969 with the name of Universidade Federal de Viçosa.

Since its federalization, the Universidade Federal de Viçosa has gathered wide experience and tradition in teaching, research and extension, which are the foundation of its work philosophy.

Since its beginning, UFV has been concerned with the promotion of vertical teaching integration and works effectively to achieve it. Nowadays, in addition to the undergraduate and graduate programs, it maintains the Colégio Universitário (a General High School), the Central de Ensino e Desenvolvimento Agrário de Florestal (Agricultural Technical High School and General High School in Florestal), the Escola Estadual Effie Rolfs ( Effie Rolfs Elementary School and General High School), the Laboratory of Human Development, for 4 to 6 year-old children, and the Daycare Center that receives children from 3 to 6 years old.

Traditionally, the UFV is known and respected in Brazil and abroad especially for the Agrarian Sciences, which is the most developed area in the UFV. In spite of the emphasis on agriculture and livestock, the University has an eclectic character and has expanded into other areas of knowledge, such as Biological and Health Sciences, Exact and Technological Sciences, Human Sciences, Languages and Arts. This position is in line with the concept of modern university, which considers that the interaction of several areas optimizes results.

Courses offered: The UFV offers 504 undergraduate programs in several areas of knowledge and 41 graduate programs (Master’s and Doctorate degrees).

Areas of expertise: The Universidade Federal de Viçosa has been accumulating, since its foundation, wide experience and tradition in Teaching, Research and Extension, which are the basis of its work philosophy.

Traditionally, the area of Agriculture Sciences is the most advanced in the UFV, being famous and renowned in Brazil and abroad. In spite of this emphasis on agriculture, the Institution has been developing an eclectic character, expanding its activities for other areas of knowledge, such as the Biological and Health Sciences, Exact and Technological Sciences, Human Sciences, Languages and Arts. This posture is more coherent with the concept of a modern university, with the vision that the interaction of several areas maximizes results.
At present, there are 249 groups of research in the UFV qualified by the CNPq (National Research Council), distributed in the following areas: Agricultural Sciences (139 groups), Biological Sciences (26 groups), Health Sciences (09 groups), Exact Sciences and Sciences of the Earth (28 groups), Human Sciences (14 groups), Applied Social Sciences (19 groups), Engineering (11 groups), Linguistic, Letters and Arts (03 groups). For the Human Sciences Letters and Arts Center, the priority as to research infrastructure is the construction and establishment of the Institute of Public Policies and Sustainable Development (IPPDS). The graduate Programs in Human and Applied Social Sciences (Business Administration, Economics, Applied Economics and Home Economics) aim to increasingly emphasize in their research projects the issue of sustainable socio-economic development, as well as public policies required to ensure sustainable development strategies, mainly in underdeveloped regions which are target places for government funded programs.