The University of São Paulo (USP) is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Economic Development, Science and Technology. Created in 1934, it is one of the most important higher education institutions in Brazil. Various rankings which measure the quality of universities according to certain criteria have highlighted USP’s scientific production and the talent and dedication of its teachers, students and employees, which are the result of more than 75 years of intensive work in search of excellence.
The university has accelerated the process of internationalisation of its teaching staff and research due to new requirements brought about by globalisation, with excellent results. USP has also strengthened its exchange programme. In this way, the university has maintained its traditions at the same time as introducing innovation, in order to aid the development of the country and its society.
The Abertis Chair in São Paulo is situated at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo in the Transport Engineering Department (PTR), one of the four departments dedicated to Civil Engineering, which is also responsible for the post-graduate programme in Transport and Logistics Systems Engineering. Its main areas of research are: logistics, transport and distribution systems, transport management and operations , Urban Transport.