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UNI and the Universidade de São Paulo partner in support of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics

June 29, 2012

Craig Klafter, associate provost, UNI International Programs, 319-273-6807,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

Natália Dourado, journalist and press agent, School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities - Universidade de São Paulo, 55 11 3091-8161,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa signed an international academic agreement with the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) on May 9. The agreement established academic cooperation in the fields of leisure studies and physical activity through the exchange of teaching staff, researchers, post-graduate students, undergraduate students and members of professional and scientific staff.

The Universidade de São Paulo is a public university in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with approximately 90,000 students. Founded in 1934, it's the largest Brazilian university and the country’s most prestigious educational institution. USP has 11 campuses and is comprised of about 30 schools and institutes.  It's ranked among the top 200 universities in the world.

"Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016," said associate provost for international programs, Craig Klafter. "This collaboration between UNI's world-renowned School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services and USP's world-ranked School of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities will present opportunities for faculty, staff and students from both institutions to work together to ensure the success of those world events. Students from both institutions will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by taking part in internship opportunities at the World Cup and Olympic Games." The director of the USP School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Jorge Boueri, is optimistic about the international academic agreement with UNI noting that, "the agreement between the two public universities will promote a real exchange of experiences and knowledge."