Message from the Dean

Professor Rubens Penha Cysne - FGV/EPGE Dean

The purpose of the Graduate School of Economics – FGV/EPGE is to contribute to teaching and the expansion of knowledge in the field of economics. Always supported by research activities carried out by its faculty and its students, the pursuit of excellence applies as much to undergraduate courses as to post-graduate degrees. Achieving academic and scientific excellence is the commitment of our School.

Since its foundation, in 1961, EPGE has trained some of the top Brazilian economists. Through its faculty and its students, the School has provided an effective contribution for national development. Such contribution has been fostered not only through our efforts to assure equity and quality standards in education, but also through the practical application of the knowledge yielded by our researches and studies in policy-making, in the public and private spheres.

During its 56 years, EPGE has educated professors who nowadays teach in some of the best economics departments worldwide, as well as professors and researchers from countless national research institutes and universities.

Our former students include senior officials, such as Chief Ministers, Governors, Presidents and Brazil’s Central Bank Directors, as well as Chief Executive Officers (CEO) from prestigious private companies, whether in Brazil or abroad.

The publications of our professors in the most relevant international scientific journals have become frequent and have been growing, especially after the mid-90. Our faculty staff is full-time committed to teaching and research, and is invited to provide lectures and present the results of its researches in the best departments of economics and Business worldwide.

Periodically, EPGE has been receiving the most distinguished professors and researchers from the field. Since 2010, more than 330 professors from the best economics departments worldwide visited our school, including seven Economics Nobel Laureates: Robert Engle, Christopher Sims, James Heckman, Edward Prescott, Robert Lucas Jr, Eric Maskin and John Nash. Such exchange plays a positive role so as to favor the placement of our students who wish to continue their studies abroad at the best and most prominent economics department.

The School offers Doctorate, Master, Professional Master and Bachelor degrees in economics. It also publishes the Brazilian Review of Economics, the oldest and most prestigious academic journal of economics in Brazil.

The School mission reflects overall our teaching excellence, the dissemination of knowledge and its scientific impact on the international academic community. Nevertheless, although any performance index will always be incomplete and subject to ongoing improvements, the use of rankings has become common in higher-education evaluations. In this sense, it should be noted that the International Ranking of Departments of Economics from Tilburg University points EPGE, since the beginning of 2011, as the best school of economics in Latin America.

Furthermore, its IGC – General Index of Courses (Brazil’s index to evaluate higher-education institutions) – including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, was for three times the highest in Brazil, in the six unique evaluations from the Ministry of Education. Such evaluation was carried out among more than 2 100 Higher-Education Institutions. When our school did not achieve the first place, it reached the second one. Its Doctorate degree and Academic-Master degree have also been granted the highest grade (7) from Capes - Coordination for the Qualification of Higher Level Staff in Brazil - , the same regarding its Professional Master and its Undergraduate course.

 

Rio de Janeiro, January 2017.

Rubens Penha Cysne
Professor and Dean