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Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Programa de Excelência em Química

O nosso programa de pós-graduação em química orgânica foi avaliado, na nova metodologia, pela Avaliação Capes em 1998, recebendo o grau de "Excelência" na área. No ano de 2001, o programa foi reavaliado, mas desta feita por consultores internacionais, a convite da Capes, e o grau de excelência foi também reconhecido. Posteriormente, no ano de 2004, a excelência da PGQu foi ratificada pela Agência (nível seis de um máximo de sete). A seguir é apresentado o relatório da avaliação internacional de 2000 (apenas as passagens que se referem ao PGQu são apresentadas, visto que outros dois centros também foram visitados pelos mesmos consultores na ocasião).

External Evaluation of Graduate Programs in Chemistry for CAPES
External Reviewers:
Klaus Hafner (Technical University Darmstadt, Germany)
Dennis Stynes (York University , Canada)

Programs Reviewed March 28, 2000 : Chemistry Program at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) March 29, 2000 Organo-Chemistry Program at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) March 30, 2000 Chemistry Program at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) General Remarks The purpose of this exercise was to visit each of the above programs and assess the overall quality especially with respect to the following points. 1. Is the quality of the thesis and scientific production compatible with a high quality graduate program? 2. Is there evidence that the faculty members play a significant leadership in their local, national , and international community? 3. Does the technical and scientific production of the faculty meet international standard and is it concentrated within a few members or distributed throughout the faculty? 4. How does the program compare with similar international high quality programs? 5. What are the strong and weak points of the programs?

In general each program provided us with detailed information about student numbers, faculty publications and other statistical data. An overview of research activities was provided and time permitted a tour of the laboratory facilities and major equipment installations. We were provided copies of examinations and selected MSc and PhD theses to review. We met with graduate students in the absence of faculty in order to freely solicit their assessment of the programs.

With Respect of the Organo-Chemistry Program from UFRJ:

Graduate Student Training: The program have a well-planned and rigorous course of studies for the MSc and PhD degrees. This includes all of the following. - entrance examination to enter the MSc program - substantial course requirements providing breadth and depth - examinations were found to be at international standards - students regularly attend seminar programs and are required to present seminars as well - in some cases students must present and defend research proposals outside the area of their thesis topic In general the programs were found to provide a stimulating and scholarly environment in which to carry out research. There was evidence of extensive collaboration between groups.

Student Quality:
The reviewers were especially impressed with the quality of the students. We must necessarily rely on those fluent in English although our Brazilian member was available to interpret responses in Portuguese for us. Students were enthusiastic about their programs and spoke highly of their professors. As in international institutions some of the best students were capable of significant independent contributions while others work much more closely with their supervisors. Additional evidence of student quality comes from the results of ''sandwich'' programs in which students spend some time at North American or European institutions. Some students have completed PhD degrees abroad following their MSc. These students in general are of a quality comparable to those in North America and Europe. When asked about future plans almost without exception students intend to obtain employment within the Brazilian University system.Students are coauthors on about 70% of the publications. They told us they spend over 50 hours per week on their research and we found them actively engaged in the labs during our visit.

Faculty Quality:
Overall the faculty quality is high. All have the PhD degree and about half have some experience abroad either as graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, as visiting professors or through colloborative arrangements. Many have continuing research collaborations with groups in the USA, Europe, and Canada. This is a very important feature of the chemistry departments in Brazil and is an effective way of maintaining international standards in the discipline as well as promoting Brazilian research abroad. On the basis of discussions with students the faculty are readily available to help students both within and external to their groups. They appear to provide a stimulating and also friendly environment which is important to an efficient research group. Thesis topics are relevant sometimes to local themes. The majority of thesis topics relate to fundamental problems in chemistry. These are timely and relevant and are deemed to meet international standards. Publication Record: The number of publications for each department is considered good by international standards. This assessment takes into account the lack of postdoctoral fellows in the Brazilian system and a generally lower level of financial support. Considerable importance is placed on publications in international journals with high impact factor.

Infrastructure: Highly developed at the program is computational chemistry as the computational facilities are adequate for these studies. Also the institution is well connected through the internet.

Specifics of the Program: Three different aspects of the program were presented to us. These include the basic organic program which includes groups involved in organic synthesis, natural products, and molecular modelling. These areas complement each other well. A second component is an analytical facility for drug analysis and doping control. A third component located in a separate building involved more applied projects in organic geochemistry, polymeric and ceramic materials, industrial waste utilization, and catalysis. Strong points of the program include a well organized NMR lab and an active molecular modelling group.

SCORES: It is difficult to incorporate all of the complexities of these different programs within a single number but we have been requested by CAPES to do so. We are aware of the previous evaluations of this program and largely agree with the evaluations made independently by CAPES. We also concur with the criteria used by CAPES which places an emphasis on international standards.

We rate this program a 6 on the CAPES scale.
Brasilia, March 31, 2000.


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