Wednesday, March 22, 2023

In 89 years of USP, the university has collected historical events

89 years ago, the University of São Paulo achieved its initial commitment of providing improvements to Brazilians and people from São Paulo through technology and education. The 89 years of USP are celebrated on January 25, the same date as the anniversary of the city of São Paulo, which completes 469 years in 2023.

On its anniversary, we have to recall the history of the public and free university that has an international reputation for its quality in research. In 89 years, USP was present at many historical moments in Brazil.

In the last years, the university has shown its excellence as it was experiencing unprecedented challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, which required the online activity of the majority of USP.

Nevertheless, the university has played an active role in an important milestone for Brazilian science in the last few years. For example, immunization against Covid-19 in Brazil began at the Hospital das Clínicas (HC) of USP with the vaccine developed by the Butantan Institute, also from USP.

In celebration of the anniversary of the university, we celebrate its history and tradition in this article.

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The beginning of USP

The creation of the University of São Paulo took place in 1934 on the anniversary of the city of São Paulo. It was a response from the State right after the defeat of the Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932. The objective was to recover its influence in the country through technology and education. Since then, USP consolidates its initial commitments and increasingly builds a close bond with society.

USP also incorporated other universities as founders’ units, such as Esalq, which existed since 1901. Nowadays, the university is in seven cities of São Paulo: Bauru, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto, Santos, and São Carlos.

USP also incorporated other universities as founders’ units, such as Esalq, which existed since 1901

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Landmarks left during the 89 years of USP

The presence of the university was notorious in several sectors of Brazilian society during its 89 years, as the generation of knowledge had great impacts on the development of technology and education.

In an article published in the journal Espaço Aberto, the former rector of USP, Suely Vilela, highlights some landmarks left by the university, such as the construction of the first Brazilian computer (known as Patinho Feio), research in the area of human genetics aimed at degenerative diseases, biofuels, and many others.

The 89 years of USP have been full of advances that prove its excellence and its role of extreme importance for the development of Brazil. The MBA USP/Esalq congratulates the professors, employees, and students of USP!

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Letícia Santin
Letícia Santin
Jornalista, gosto de leituras que me cativem e de aprender de tudo um pouco. Minhas experiências profissionais com comunicação me fizeram apreciar a transmissão de conhecimentos e ideias de uma forma descomplicada e acessível. No meu tempo livre, gosto de fazer maratonas de filmes e séries, meditar, desenhar e cozinhar.