The origins of this University remit to the 19th century, when it first appeared as a continuation of a process that began during the Emperial age, with the opening of the first higher education institutions in Brazil. The present name – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) – was not adopted until 1965, when the university was federalized.
Today, firmly established as a model of excellence for the rest of the country, UFMG continues to expand, receiving nearly 5,000 undergraduate students each year. There are almost 50 undergraduate courses and over 120 graduate courses in the University and nearly 700 research groups that publish over 10,000 scientific articles each year.
The Pampulha campus was created in the 40s. The first buildings in the University City were the Institute of Mechanics (now the Vocational School) and the Rectory. For many years, the Pampulha campus was semi-dormant. The effective occupation of the campus by the university community started only in the 1960s, when the construction of the main buildings. Today, there are 12 academic units, the Center for Applied Education (middle school), the Vocational School (high school), and the units and sections that run the University.
The city that will win over your heart!
The X-Meeting 2016 will be held in Belo Horizonte, the capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. BH, as locals kindly refer to it, is located in the southeast region of Brazil and is the sixth most populous city in the country. BH has been indicated by the Population Crisis Committee of the United Nations as the city with the best quality of life in Latin America and is the 45th among the 100 best cities in the world regarding life quality.