Cutting-edge teaching

São Paulo state houses a large group of internationally-recognized higher education institutions. Accounting for 25% of the total of higher education in Brazil, São Paulo brings together an extensive private network and three of the most important universities in the country: the University of São Paulo (USP), the University of Campinas (Unicamp) and São Paulo State University (UNESP).

Besides these, federal universities and other important higher education institutions are based in the state.

Among their number are the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) and the Federal University of ABC (UFABC). Besides the public higher education institutions, various private universities operate in the state, among them the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), the Pontifical Catholic University(São Paulo and Campinas) and Mackenzie Presbyterian University, all recognized for the quality of their educational standards.

In 2013 the São Paulo State Virtual University (UNIVESP) will also begin operating, aiming at the intensive use of information technologies and communications in order to extend public access to higher-quality education.

In this group of higher education institutions, USP deserves special mention. It was ranked in 2012-2013 as the best Latin American university in the Times Higher Education ranking, the World Reputation Ranking and the Webometrics Ranking Web of World Universities.

More info: 
Department of Economic Development, Science, and Technology (link in Portuguese)
USP – University of São Paulo (link)
Unicamp – University of Campinas (link)
UNESP - São Paulo State University (link)