General information about the University
The UENF was established in 1993 to foster the development of the Northwest region, historically the poorest in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Indeed, although this region was the site of one of the first Portuguese settlements in the early sixteenth century, it does not have a much developed agriculture or industry. Its economy is primarily based on extensive livestock herding and the sugarcane industry. Since 1993 the University has collaborated for the development of this region, primarily in the areas of agriculture (fruit, coffee and sugarcane crops, livestock) and the oil industry.
The University is structured in four Institutes: Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Biosciences and Biotechnology, Humanities and Physical Science and Technology. The University has hundreds of professors and staff members and thousands of students in many undergrad and graduate courses. The University has four libraries, areas for agricultural experimentation, a veterinarian hospital and a cultural center. For more details about the University see this website.
The University is located in the city of Campos dos Goytacazes (official site). Campos dos Goytacazes is located 300 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro, being close to tourism points of interest such as lakes, beaches and uplands in the States of Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo. The city has more than 30,000 students enrolled in more than a dozen Universities and Colleges, who enjoy a relatively low living cost, good medical facilities and cultural activities such as live shows, performing arts and movie theaters.