University of São Paulo (USP)
Rua da Praça do Relógio, 109
Cidade Universitária - São Paulo

1. Brief History

The University of São Paulo (USP) is a public university, maintained by the State of São Paulo and affiliated with the State Secretariat of Economic, Scientific and Technological Development. Today, the University of São Paulo is one of the most important institutions of higher learning in Brazil. In 1934, its nucleus was the School of Philosophy, Sciences and Languages, with professors coming from France, Italy, Spain, Germany and other European countries. USP combined several independent research and higher-educational institutions, including the already existent Medical School (Faculdade de Medicina), Polytechnic School (Escola Politécnica), "Luiz de Queiroz" College of Agriculture (Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz), and Law School (Faculdade de Direito).

Outstanding persons / Nobel Prize Laureates include:

Presidents of Brazil

  • Jânio Quadros (1961)
  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995–2003)

São Paulo state governors

  • Jânio Quadros (1955–1959)
  • Abreu Sodré (1967–1971)
  • Paulo Maluf (1979–1982)
  • André Franco Montoro (1983–1987)
  • Mário Covas (1995–2001)
  • Cláudio Lembo (2005)
  • José Serra (2006–2010)
  • Alberto Goldman (2010)

Scientists and physicians

  • Abraão de Morais - physicist
  • Adib Domingos Jatene - physician
  • Aziz Nacib Ab'Saber - archeologist, geographer, geologist and ecologist
  • César Lattes - physicist, co-discoverer of the pi meson
  • Drauzio Varella - physician, educator and medical science popularizer
  • Ennio Candotti - physicist and scientific leader
  • Euryclides de Jesus Zerbini - physician, he did the first heart transplantation in Latin America
  • Gilberto de Nucci, physician and experimental pharmacologist
  • Jayme Tiomno - experimental and theoretical nuclear physicist
  • José E. Moreira - system software architect for Blue Gene/L, the fastest supercomputer in the world
  • José Goldemberg - scientific leader and research scientist
  • José Graziano da Silva – agronomist and Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (2012-2015)
  • José Leite Lopes - theoretical physicist
  • Marcelo Damy, physicist and co-discoverer of mesons in cosmic ray showers
  • Marcos Troyjo - social scientist, political economist and diplomat
  • Mário Schenberg - physicist
  • Marta Mirazón Lahr - human evolutionary biologist and anthropologist
  • Mayana Zatz - molecular biologist and geneticist
  • Miguel Nicolelis - physician and neurobiological researcher
  • Oscar Sala - Italian-Brazilian nuclear physicist
  • Renato M. E. Sabbatini, neuro scientist and physiologist
  • Roberto Salmeron - electrical engineer and experimental nuclear physicist
  • Sérgio Henrique Ferreira - physician and pharmacologist, discovered the active principle of a new drug against hypertension
  • Warwick Estevam Kerr - geneticist, researcher on the biology and genetics of bees

2. Key Facts

1912 – Establishment of the School of Medicine



The USP has campi at several locations:

  • São Paulo
  • Bauru
  • Ribeirão Preto
  • São Carlos
  • Piracicaba
  • Pirassununga
  • Lorena

5,732 (academic), 15,341 (admin.)



R$ 4,725,126,513

3. Research

Focus / Key Aspects:

USP focused on training teachers for secondary schools, experts in sciences, engineers, lawyers, physicians and professors.

4. Partnerships and Programs

Internationalization is one of USP’s guidelines. The University believes it is of utmost importance to establish partnerships with organizations of various countries, so as to create new integration bonds and to maintain the already existing ones.

The mobility of students and professors, as well as participation in networks and consortia such as the Erasmus Mundus Program, the Association of Universities of Portuguese language (AULP), the Magalhães Network, among others, are an example of this goal. The Committee of International Cooperation (CCint) is the organ responsible for making these partnerships official. Learn more online >>>

Student Programs:

  • Erasmus Mundus Program,
  • The Association of Universities of Portuguese language (AULP)
  • The Magalhães Network

5. Trivia




Scientia Vinces
"With knowledge, you will conquer"

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