The Instituto Militar de Engenharia (IME; English: Military Institute of Engineering) is an engineering institute maintained by the Brazilian Army with federal support. IME is the oldest and one of the best ranked engineering schools in Brazil, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Its current campus is located in Urca, Rio de Janeiro, opposite the entrance to the Sugar Loaf cable car.
Instituto Militar de Engenharia
|Established||December 17, 1792|
|Rector||Brigadier General Armando Morado Ferreira|
|Undergraduates||400 - 450|
|Campus||Urban, Praça General Tibúrcio, Urca|
The Institute was founded by the Portuguese colonial administration in 1792, as the Real Academia de Artilharia, Fortificação e Desenho (Royal Academy of Artillery, Fortification and Drawing), on the model of the Fortification, Artillery and Drawing Academy of Lisbon. IME is the third oldest engineering school in the world and the oldest in Americas. The school is known for having produced some of Brazil's most notable researchers and public figures.
The school's undergraduate admission exam is considered one of the most difficult in the country, due to the high level of the questions presented on the tests. Applicants are evaluated through a set of examinations in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Portuguese and English. The exam questions feature exercises from previous Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Olympiads, as well as new ones. The Brazilian Ministry of Education develops a periodical evaluation (both through tests applied on undergraduate students and infrastructure and faculty evaluation), and IME is usually ranked among the top three schools of the country in each of its Engineering disciplines.