THE UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO (USP) IS THE LARGEST AND OLDEST PUBLIC UNIVERSITY OF BRAZIL, HOLDING A VALUABLE REPUTATION.
The USP has a leading role within the Latin American research and higher education, it was ranked first in the Latin American university ranking, published by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It holds the 143th place in the QS University ranking and it underlines the impact of research of this university. The university has over 65000 students, spread over 11 campuses in seven different cities within the region of Sao Paulo.
The collaboration between the University of Twente and the USP dates back a long time but recent steps have been made towards a more intensive collaboration. In 2014 ideas about a double/joint degree program were discussed and captured in an agreement. More information will follow as soon as available. Also contact with the FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) was made to talk about funding opportunities.
International academic agreement: student/staff exchange agreement
Collaborating with USP and sharing knowledge and resources with this university is an important part of UT’s mission. Therefore, UT launches a yearly call for proposals to stimulate collaboration with USP. The aim of this call it to stimulate synergetic collaboration resulting in a strong strategic partnerships with USP.
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The Centre for Transport Studies, which is part of the Faculty of Engineering Technology, is running doing a 3-year FAPESP/NWO/ESRC funded project ASTRID (Accessibility, Social justice and TRansport emission Impacts of transit-oriented Development strategies) to investigate the causal mechanisms underlying disparity and social injustice in accessibility and air quality in metropolitan areas in Sao Paulo, London and Randstad Area. The project is led by prof. Karst Geurs, in collaboration with USP-IAG (Institute of Atmospheric Emissions), USP-FSP (School of Public Health) and the University of Surrey (see www.astridproject.com).
The ISP application which was awarded in October 2016 has resulted in intensified working relationships with USP.
Joint research efforts
Two representatives (prof. Geurs, dr. Prichard) from the Center for Transport Studies visited USP in April 2017 to explore joint research areas. Dr. Prichard had a two week stay at USP Engineering School. A result of this visit is that a PhD student from USP Engineering School (Escola Politécnica de USP) will visit the UT Centre for Transport Studies in the first two weeks in July 2017, to work on joint research with the Centre for Transport Studies. A joint journal paper on public transport accessibility modelling in Sao Paulo and the Netherlands will be the output of this visit.
Furthermore, A PhD student from USP Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences is planned to visit the UT Centre for Transport Studies for a month (September-Oktober 2017) to do an experimental campaign examining exposure to air pollution in the Rotterdam-The Hague metropolitan area and the Twente Region. A joint journal paper on exposure to air pollution for Dutch commuters will be the output of this visit.
The UT Centre for Transport Studies and USP Engineering School have collaborated closely in the period November 2016-February 2017 to set up a Living Lab on shared mobility services in Sao Paulo as part of H2020 research proposal (call MG.8.4.2017 on “Improving accessibility, inclusive mobility and equity”), in collaboration with the Worldbank and 99Taxis (a large taxi operator in Brazil). Unfortunately, the proposal was not successful in attracting funding. However, a result from the proposal is the achievement of a working relationship with 99Taxi, and CTS and USP-Policy are currently seeking funding for a joint PhD project (e.g. from the More Science program).
UT and USP are, as part of the ISP, organizing an international workshop “Smart Cities - Governing Accessibility, Air Pollution and Equity", Aug 24-25, 2017, at the university of São Paulo (USP) – School of Public Health. The workshop focuses on accessibility, transport-related health and equity issues in metropolitan areas. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the Network for European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR). The workshop is cofunded by NECTAR and FAPESP.
The workshop has 2 keynotes (Prof. Carrasco from Univ de Concepcion, Chile, and Prof. Niemeier, UC David, USA) and about 20 participants. The workshop will have 7 participants from USP (IAG, Poli, TSG, Dept. Economics), 2 from the University of Twente (Faculties of ET and ITC), 4 from the UK, 4 from the USA, and other participants from Portugal, Sweden, Luxembourg.
Group picture of the international workshop