Universidade de São Paulo (USP) is one of the largest and most important research, technological and higher education institutions of Brazil and Latin America. Founded in 1934, USP is a public state institution and has several campuses located in 8 different cities in the state of São Paulo. With 5860 faculty members responsible for teaching and research activities in all fields, USP offers nearly 249 undergraduate programs, 239 graduate programmes (Master and PhD degrees) and 993 extra-curricular programmes.
Altogether, there are about 90,000 registered students at USP. Its academic structure is organised into 42 schools and 6 advanced research institutes which are subdivided into several departments. USP has 4 important museums which receive over one-million visitors each year. USP has also 2 major hospitals and health centres, and a partnership with 2 of the best hospitals in the cities of São Paulo and Ribeirão Preto.
USP scientific production, including research projects on the state of art science, totals an average over the year of about 27,000 publications of articles in indexed scientific journals, books, reports, etc. Together with the master and PhD degrees delivered by USP, this scientific production represents a significant fraction of the whole Brazilian scientific production.
The university consistently appears in some of the most important world university rankings. In the 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which evaluates world class institutions in terms of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, it ranks well within the top 200 (158th). Furthermore, the 2012 SIR Global Ranking presents Universidade de São Paulo as the 11th university in the world with respect to scientific production and international collaboration, and in the 2013 SIR Iberoamerican Ranking and the QS Latin American University Rankings, USP appears in first place, as the top university in Latin America. Additionally, in the QS World University Rankings by Subjects 2013, Universidade de São Paulo is placed among the 100 top universities in 26 areas of knowledge.