Fluminense Federal University, Niteroi, Brazil
The UFF (Fluminense Federal University) was established in 1961 and is located in the eastern part of Guanabara Bay, in the city of Niteroi, which neighbors the city of Rio de Janeiro. UFF provides 124 undergraduate courses and 119 postgraduate courses, with around 40,000 students, 4,500 staff, and 3,200 Professors. To support higher education and cultural activities, the UFF has 350 laboratories, 23 libraries, two theaters, and a university hospital, which serves both UFF and more than 2 million people who live in the surrounding area. Over the last five years, UFF has spread higher education and cultural perspectives to other municipalities, reaching areas with fewer social, economic, and cultural opportunities.
A CNRD partner, the Postgraduate Program in Geography (PPGG – UFF), has level 6 certification according to Brazilian National Research Council (CAPES), representing excellence in higher educational and research. Research in the PPGG – UFF mainly focuses on landscape evolution and management, using different tools such as remote sensing, geographical information systems (GISs), laboratory analyses, and field monitoring and experiments. Major research topics include global change, coastal and river basin management, the carbon cycle, and land use, coverage, and change. There are field laboratories in Antarctica, the Amazon, mountain ridges, and coastal plains in Rio de Janeiro.
To support the CNRD Network, PPGG – UFF participates in different activities such as Joint Student Projects, research workshops, capacity building, and is open to students and lecturer exchange. The program aims to retain excellence in higher education and research through social inclusion and environmental responsibility for a better shared future.
Dr. Guilherme Borges Fernandez