In the target of an extinction bill proposed by state deputy Anderson Moraes (PSL) and published last week in the Official Gazette, the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Uerj) appears in an international ranking of the 10 best universities in the country and occupies the 13th position in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) indicator shows UERJ in the eighth position in the country among the 10 best institutions. The other nine Brazilian universities best positioned are: USP, Unicamp, UFRJ, Unesp, UFRGS, UFMG, Unifesp, Fiocruz and UFSC. In the overall list of the 2,000 best-rated institutions, out of a total of 20,000 in 60 countries, UERJ appears in 620th place in this 2021 edition.
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Since winning place on the list, UERJ has been improving its performance. In 2014, it was the 845th in the world. In the last evaluation, it went to 628th. This time, it rose another eight positions.
For the dean Ricardo Lodi, “being considered the eighth best university in the country is the recognition of the success of an institutional project in which social inclusion, pluralism and an extensionist vocation are elements that drive the academic and scientific excellence of our university community”.
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Last Thursday (19), UERJ and several educational institutions repudiated the PSL congressman’s attempt to vote on Bill No. 4673/21, which proposes the extinction of the university and the transfer of its assets and students to the private initiative. The bill is being processed by the commissions of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj).
“The proposal, as unconstitutional as it is preposterous, will not deserve the support of the overwhelming majority of Alerj, which recognizes the importance of the University for the population of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, for education, science and technology in our country, constituting the largest project of social inclusion and in the largest public policy agency in our State,” said the Rectory of UERJ, in a statement.
The university informed that it is already in articulation with the Rio de Janeiro parliament so that the proposal is aborted. After the publication of the bill in the Official Gazette, the president of Alerj, Deputy André Ceciliano (PT), stated that while he is in charge of the House, the proposal will not be scheduled to go to the Plenary.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda