Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, located in the southeastern region of Brazil, and it holds the largest number of buildings of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. With over 2.5 million inhabitants in an area of approximately 330 km², the city is a place of national influence when it comes to culture and intellectual production. An important aspect of Belo Horizonte’s influence is seen in its architecture. The city is one of the cradles of modern Brazilian architecture, which emerged in the 1940s, with the architectural ensemble of Pampulha, designed by Oscar Niemeyer (recently declared Cultural Patrimony of Humankind by UNESCO). The city also houses a collection of buildings in the neoclassical, neoromantic and neogothic styles. Belo Horizonte offers opportunities for culture and leisure in several spaces, such as parks, museums, cultural centers and bars. Some of the places worth visiting include the baroque town Ouro Preto and the world’s largest open air museum of contemporary art (and botanic gardens), Inhotim, are quite close to Belo Horizonte (a distance of less than one hundred kilometers).
The UFMG is one of Brazil’s best universities and has been frequently rated among the ten best universities in Latin America (in the last ranking of Latin American universities by Times Higher Education the university earned the 8th place). It has didactic and research activities of high quality in all areas of knowledge, displaying excellence also in arts and humanities in general and particularly in the field of philosophy. The main campus of the UFMG in Belo Horizonte offers excellent conditions for hosting big events, having very good facilities such as large amphitheaters (some for over 400 people), smaller rooms for parallel sessions, bookshop, pharmacy, office supply stores, libraries and also restaurants of several price levels.