Ranked among the Brazilian's top public universities, Escola Politécnica has its trajectory tightly linked to Brazilian scientific, cultural and technological development. Its origins come from 1792, being the first regular course of Engineering of the Americas and the most ancient higher education institute of our country.
Escola Politécnica is also ranked as one of the best engineering institutions in the last National Examination of Higher Education Courses (ENADE) leaded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, having achieved a 5.0 grade (the highest) in most of its Engineering Courses. This examination assesses the quality of education in a scale which ranges from 0 to 5 and comprises the quality of faculty, installations and laboratories, research activities and a formal exam applied to the students
Most of students of Escola Politécnica are hired by important companies in Brazil and abroad, such as Petrobras, Renault, VW, Embraer, Michelin, Alstom, BHP Billiton, Accenture, etc. The majority of the top candidates hired by Petrobras in the recent years are former students from this prestigious school. Some of the outstanding students of Escola Politécnica involved in double degree programs with institutions in Europe have received grants from companies that are partners of Escola Politécnica. These companies have signed cooperation agreements with Escola Politécnica and they sponsor students and engineering projects developed in the School.
Escola Politécnica is located in an island in the Guanabara Bay called Ilha do Fundão. Escola Politécnica is very close to the International Airport of Rio de Janeiro and there you can find public transportation to the entire city.