The Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) is a century-old educational institution nationally and internationally recognized. It is centered in Porto Alegre – the capital city of the State of Rio Grande do Sul – and it offers academic programs from all different fields of knowledge, for all stages of education, ranging from elementary to graduate school. UFRGS begins with the foundation of the School of Pharmacy and Chemistry in 1895 and then the School of Engineering. Thus also began higher education in Rio Grande do Sul. Still in the 19th century, the Faculty of Medicine of Porto Alegre and the Faculty of Law were founded, which, in 1900, marked the beginning of humanistic courses in the State.
The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul is a Brazilian public federal research university based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. UFRGS is among the largest and highest-rated universities in Brazil, having one of the largest number of scientific publications.