The Federal University of Itajubá (Universidade Federal de Itajubá in Brazilian Portuguese (UNIFEI)), is in the large town of Itajubá, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. It is one of the most prestigious engineering schools in the country, with an emphasis on electrical engineering.
Considered the first technological university in the country, it has over 100 years of teaching tradition, having been established in 1913 as the Electrotechnical and Mechanical Institute of Itajubá. It was not until 2002 that it gained the status of university and got its current name.
UNIFEI has one of the best research institutes on Power Systems in Latin America, including mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, automation and control engineering, and computer engineering. There is a new campus branch in Itabira, designed in 2012 by architect Gustavo Penna to reflect the sustainability aims of the university and to harmonise with the surrounding landscape.
The university uses the informal "Problem Based Learning" method, which is a student-centred learning style in which groups of students learn through the experience of solving open-ended problems. The Cultural Platform building includes a theatre, library and living spaces. There is also a gym, an aquatic centre and outdoor playing courts.
Officially recognised by Brazil’s Ministry of Education, the admission rate is very selective, between 30-40 per cent. Since 1961, the university has owned and operated its own radio station, Rádio Universitária 1570 kHz.
UNIFEI operates large numbers of partnerships throughout the world, including in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, and North America.