More than a century after its foundation in 1908, the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) is a developing Brazilian higher education institution with a solid reputation in natural sciences. It is situated in the small municipality called Lavras, part of the densely populated Southern state of Minas Gerais.
The university has been ranked among the top five universities in Brazil and second in the Southeastern part of the country by the Brazilian Education Ministry.
UFLA was firstly established as the Agricultural School of Lavras by pastor Samuel Rhea Gammon, but in 1994 turned into a federal institution.
With 17 departments, UFLA broadened its catalogue of degree courses, which today consists of 30 bachelor, 20 masters and 18 doctorate degrees, some of which can be studied from distance.
Until 1997, the research conducted by the institution was primarily focused on agricultural sciences. Since then, the university has made a considerably step to diversifying its curriculum by introducing new courses such as engineering, health sciences, law and creative writing.
UFLA also demonstrates its commitment to academic research by employing more than 500 researchers, who work directly with students, but also strive to expand research output in the field of earth and environmental, life and physical sciences.
The university also fosters collaborations with 10 national and more than 150 foreign partners such as Lancaster University. Together they offer dual PhD programs in biodiversity, which combine the knowledge and expertise of professionals from two continents and allows students to receive two separate degrees awarded by both institutions.
UFLA has more than 30,000 former students and faculty members residing in Brazil and abroad.