Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

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Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
Coat of Arms
Other names
MottoAccipit ut Det
Motto in English
Receive to Give
BudgetR$ 1,026,271,882.45 (2012) [1]
ChancellorÂngela Maria Paiva Cruz
Vice-ChancellorJosé Daniel Diniz Melo
Administrative staff
Undergraduates30,799 [2]
Location, ,
CampusNatal, Macaíba, Santa Cruz, Caicó, Currais Novos
Rectory of UFRN
Map of the Natal Campus

The Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Portuguese: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, UFRN) is a public Brazilian university funded by the Brazilian federal government, located in the city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

Formally established on December 18, 1960, it includes 60 departments providing over 70 different undergraduate courses, as well as a number of graduate programs.

UFRN is the top ranked university in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, the best university in the North and Northeast region and one of the best among universities from all over the country according to 2012 league tables. [3]


It originated from the University of Rio Grande do Norte, created on June 25, 1958, by state law, and federalized on December 18, 1960. The University of Rio Grande do Norte, installed in a solemn session held at the Theater Alberto Maranhão , on March 21, 1959, was formed from colleges and higher-level schools already existing in Natal, such as the Faculty of Pharmacy and Dentistry, the Faculty of Law of Natal, the Faculty of Medicine of Natal and the School of Engineering , among others.


In the 1970s, construction began on the Central Campus between the districts of Lagoa Nova, Capim Macio and Nova Descoberta, which houses most of the university's facilities in the capital. In addition to the various classes, auditoriums, laboratories and libraries, Campus Central has a Coexistence Center with restaurant, bank branches, bookstores, art gallery and post office. In the building of the Rectory are the Office of the Rector, the Pro-Rectorates and all sectors of the central administration. It is divided in Bioscience Center (CB), Center of Human Sciences, Letters and Arts (CCHLA), Center of Exact and Earth Sciences (CCET), Center of Applied Social Sciences (CCSA), Center of Education (CE) Center for Health Sciences (CCS), Faculty of Health Sciences of Trairi (FACISA), Center for Higher Education of Seridó (CERES), the latter located in the municipalities of Caicó and Currais Novos and the Escola Multicampi de Ciencias Médicas (EMCM), based in Caicó.

Recently, the International Institute of Neurosciences, the International Institute of Physics and the Digital Metropolis Institute were inaugurated.


UFRN is one of the main seismology study centers in the country. In addition, the university has the postgraduate course in Complex Systems Applied to Life Sciences, the only one in Latin America. In the 2009.3 edition, the Brazilian Bar Association (UAB) elected UFRN Law School (Campus Caicó) as the third best in the country. The Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) received the best evaluation among the institutions of Higher Education in the North and Northeast regions, by the General Index of Courses (IGC). The post before was occupied by the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE).In the ranking published in February 2013 by Webometrics, UFRN ranked 31st among the 100 universities in Latin America. The list shows the institutions according to their presence and impact on the web, as well as the visibility and quality of the published content. By the Enade 2012, (exam monitors the quality of graduations in the whole country) divulged by the Ministry of Education, the UFRN appeared in the list with 11 courses with note 5 (that is the note maximum), they are Right in the campi Natal and Caicó, Psychology and Advertising and Propaganda.

Chancellors List[edit]

  1. Onofre Lopes da Silva (1959 - 1971)
  2. Genário Alves da Fonsêca (1971 - 1975)
  3. Domingos Gomes de Lima (1975 - 1979)
  4. Diógenes da Cunha Lima Filho (1979 - 1983)
  5. Genibaldo Barros (1983 a 1987)
  6. Daladier Pessoa Cunha Lima (1987 a 1991)
  7. Geraldo Queiroz (1991 a 1995)
  8. José Ivonildo do Rêgo (1995 - 1999)
  9. Otom Anselmo de Oliveira (1999 - 2003)
  10. José Ivonildo do Rêgo (2003 - 2007)
  11. José Ivonildo do Rêgo (2007 - 2011)
  12. Ângela Maria Paiva Cruz (2011 - 2015)
  13. Ângela Maria Paiva Cruz (2015 - 2019)
  14. José Daniel Diniz Melo (2019 - 2023)

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Coordinates: 5°50′23″S 35°12′04″W / 5.83977°S 35.2012°W / -5.83977; -35.2012