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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Faculty of Dentistry of Natal among the best in Brazil

Every year, the federal National Institute for Education Studies and Researches (INEP) subjects students of higher learning institutions to evaluation exams; these exams are known as ENADE (National Exams of Students Performance), and the results, aggregated by institution, are made public (individual results are informed only to the students).

Not all courses are evaluated every year. Last year, only the courses of Medicine and others related to Health were evaluated.

The Faculty of Dentistry of the Federal University at Natal ranked the best in the category.
The Faculty managed to have a grade 5, the highest; only two other Faculties in Brazil (one in São Paulo and other in Paraná) received a 5.
The Faculty of Natal ranked first because the average grade of the students was 71.2 (out of 100), above the other two Faculties. Besides the students performance, the final grade takes into account also que quality of researches and the profile of professors.

A total of 3239 courses were evaluated. More than 500 were considered inapt (grades 1 and 2 for a number of years), and will be visited by auditors of the Ministry of Education, which will consider whether the courses will be closed. Only 48 courses received grade 5. The two largest Universities in Brazil, University of São Paulo and University of Campinas decided not to participate of the exams.

See report by Tribuna do Norte.

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