The history and trajectory of the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) is complex, driven by a number of federal laws and decrees and the merger of various federal organizations. The Nova Iguaçu campus’s history, in comparison, is relatively recent, beginning with the creation of the outpost in 2005. In April of 2006, the outpost received its first 250 students and offered six undergraduate majors. Initially, the school ran in the Monteiro Lobato Municipal School and operated only during the evenings. The construction of the new and current campus was completed in 2010. The campus occupies an area of 44,000 square meters on Governador Roberto Silveira Avenue in Nova Iguaçu, and has multiple plans for expansion.
The Nova Iguaçu campus offers 755 vagas annually in 11 majors for non-distance learners. The majority of spaces are open for a bachelor’s degree in administration, economics, or computer science. There are also two majors available through the Educação a Distancia program, where students take classes online and only attend in-person classes once a week. The Nova Iguaçu campus also offers three specializations.
During my time at the Nova Iguaçu campus, I spent time with administrators, professors, teachers of distance learning (Educação a Distancia), and students. To read more about my week at Nova Iguaçu see my blogs, "UFRRJ and EAD in Brazil," "UFFRJ Nova Iguaçu - First Impressions," and "Discussing Race and Education in Brazil."