The Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), established by the Ministry of Education (MEC), performs a fundamental role in the expansion and consolidation of the stricto sensu postgraduate program (professional master's, academic master's and doctorate) in all Brazilian states.
In 2007, it also began to train basic education teachers, broadening the scope of its activities in the training of qualified personnel in Brazil and abroad.
The Evaluation of the National Postgraduate System, the way it was established as of 1998, is guided by the Board of Evaluation/ Capes and undertaken with the participation of the academic-scientific community through ad hoc consultants. The evaluation is an essential activity in order to ensure and maintain the quality of Master's and PhD courses throughout the nation.
The evaluation is performed in 48 evaluation areas , the number valid as of 2014, and follows the same systematic and set of basic requirements established in the Scientific Technical Council of Higher Education (CTC-ES).
Postgraduate courses are evaluated with concepts that vary from 3 to 7 and take the scientific production of faculty and students into account, along with the curricular structure of the course, the research infrastructure of the institution and other factors. Within CAPES' parameters, grade 5 is awarded to excellent courses at the national level and grades 6 and 7 correspond to courses of international quality. The minimum classification of 3 is attributed to new courses at the time of their implementation that are in institutions that still do not have much of a post-graduation tradition.
The Postgraduate Course in Plant Biology of UFPE is part of the Biodiversity Area of CAPES and obtained concept 6 at the latest evaluation.