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Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) is a public university located in Recife, Brazil, established in 1946. UFPE has 70 undergraduate courses and 175 postgraduate courses. As of 2007, UFPE had 35,000 students and 2,000 professors.

UFPE ranks among the top Brazilian universities, being the ninth university both in size and scientific production, and the seventh among the federal institutes. UFPE’s Center for Exact and Natural Sciences is consistently the strongest in research production in the university. UFPE has been elected twice as the best university of north and northeast Brazil by Guia do Estudante (a national university ranking magazine) and Banco Real (ABN AMRO).

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