The Electrical Engineering Graduate Program
The Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering (PPGEE in the Portuguese acronym) is composed of a masters program (created in 1972), a doctoral program (created in 1994) and 3 extension courses. Three major concentration areas are offered:
- Power Engineering,
- Signals and Systems, and
- Communications and Computation.
PPGEE/UFMG is among the top Electrical Engineering programs that achieved grades 6 and 7 in the nationwide evaluations of graduate schools carried by CAPES (Brazilian's government agency for graduate school) in the periods of 2004-2006 and 2007-2009. This grade is reserved to programs whose scientific production is comparable to that of international centers of excellence and reflects the maturity of the program as well as its capacity of prospecting grants from governmental agencies and industry.
UFMG is one of Brazil's five largest universities, being the largest federal university. It offers 80 different undergraduate degrees, including an extremely sought-after Medicine degree, more traditional options such as Law and Economics, plus a handful of Engineering (11 majors) and a wide array of Science and Art degrees. It also offers 58 PhD programs, 66 MSc programs, 87 Post-Baccalaureate programs and 38 medical internship programs. In total, UFMG has a population of 37,479 students.
UFMG is autonomous in matters of educational policy but dependent on the federal government for funds. As the university is supported by the federal government, students do not pay tuition. However, there may be fees or nominal costs for extension or other special courses.
For the past four years, UFMG has been consistently ranked among the top five universities in the General Index of Courses (IGC) of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, always receiving the maximum grade. In the nationwide evaluation of graduate programs carried out by the governmental agency CAPES, 25 programs (37% of the total) achieved grades 6 and 7, reserved for programs with international impact and excellence. UFMG is one of the 6 Brazilian universities that appear in the ARWU ranking of world's top 500 universities. UFMG is also one of the great innovation centers in Brazil. In 2010, it was the Brazilian institution that filed for the largest number of patents.