Partner Profile: University of São Paulo

NC State began our partnership with the University of São Paulo (USP) in 2009. Founded in 1934, the university is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Latin America with over 90,000 enrolled students and 11 campuses.

Located in Brazil, USP is ranked 100 worldwide in reputation by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In terms of research, USP is Brazil’s largest research institution, producing more than 25 percent of the scientific papers published by Brazilian researchers.

One aspect of NC State’s partnership with USP is their PrInt (Internationalization Program) initiative. The program provides funding from the Brazilian government to promote international collaboration, scholarly, research and academic exchanges through global partnerships.

USP is also a member of the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN), which sets out to create a foundation for international collaboration enabling academics and students from some of the world’s top universities to work together on issues of global importance.

Professor Vahan Agopyan, rector of the University of São Paulo, said that the university regards the UGPN partnership “as an important plank of its internationalization strategy, and I look forward to USP helping the UGPN realize its vision to provide solutions to the global challenges facing all of us in the world today and in the future.”

NC State and USP faculty have collaborated on research spanning subjects such as genes and behavior, early childhood development, and air pollution.

Members from the network universities will come together at the annual UGPN conference on April 1-3, 2019 to collaborate on themes such as One Health and Global Health; sustainable and smart cities; innovation and entrepreneurship; and data science and big data. Registration is open now for the conference to the entire NC State community.