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King’s College London is proud to have strategic partnerships with leading institutions across the globe.  

Through agreements at university, School and department level, King’s partnerships further our strategic vision to encourage progressive research, facilitate knowledge transfer, elevate learning and enhance the student experience.

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Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, UFPE is a public university located in Recife, Brazil, established in 1946. UFPE has 70 undergraduate courses and 175 postgraduate courses. As of 2007, UFPE had 35,000 students and 2,000 professors. The university has three campuses: Recife, Vitória de Santo Antão, and Caruaru. Its main campus, or "Cidade Universitária", has 10 centers in 149 hectares. It is located in the west part of Recife, in the Várzea neighborhood. The Law School or Faculty of Law is located downtown.

The University of São Paulo (USP), which was established in 1934, is the largest higher education and research institution in Brazil. USP is composed of seven campuses, 40 learning and research units, five hospitals, five museums, five specialized institutes, as well as multiple experimental laboratories and centres of scientific and cultural diffusion. With approximately 700 regular courses in more than 3,400 disciplines, and more than 86,000 students, USP is a sprawling hub of academic activity. USP is one of seven key strategic overseas partners for King’s. The partnership agreement, signed in 2008, is College-wide and builds on a range of links at School and department level. It aims to foster cooperation in various areas, including staff visits in both directions, exchange of students, the development of joint research and the development of joint PhD programmes. King’s connections at USP include the Centro de Apoio à Pesquisa "Robin Murray": this research support facility for study into genetics and brain imaging at the Institute of Psychiatry at USP was named after Professor Robin Murray, of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s, who has been a Visiting Professor at USP for more than 20 years.

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) was created in 1920, through the union of three well-established higher education institutions: the Medical School, the Polytechnic School and the Law School. UFRJ has around 44,000 students, based at three campuses and studying more than 700 different courses. In addition to teaching and research units, UFRJ comprises seven museums, eight university hospitals and the third deepest ocean basin in the world for research on offshore oil exploration. King’s has a College-wide cooperation agreement with UFRJ, which focuses particularly on staff and student exchanges.

The Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) was established in 1927 as the University of Minas Gerais, achieving federal status in 1949. It has more than 40,000 students on three campuses. King's signed a College-wide cooperation agreement with UFMG in 2013, building on the relationship developed by the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies and its long-standing student exchange agreement.

The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) was founded in 1948. It has more than 32,000 students on three campuses. King’s signed a College-wide Memorandum of Understanding with PUCRS on 24 January 2012, during a visit to the College by the Rector of PUCRS, Professor Joaquim Clotet. For more details, click here. The MoU builds on a long-standing and fruitful collaboration between the School of Biomedical & Health Sciences at King’s and the Centre of Microgravity, Faculty of Engineering, at PUCRS, reflected in the fact that the John Ernsting Aerospace Physiology Laboratory at PUCRS was named after Professor John Ernsting, of the Department of Physiology at King’s. A School-level agreement was signed in 2007, consolidating a history of collaborative activities in aerospace physiological research and teaching and student exchanges, and aiming to further develop research and teaching in the areas of aerospace physiology and medicine. Promising new research links are now developing between the Division of Women’s Health and PUCRS, following staff visits in both directions.

The Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) was created in 1976, bringing together a number of institutions of higher education based in different parts of the state of São Paulo. It is now one of the largest universities in Brazil, with 34 units located in 24 cities, and more than 46,000 students. King's signed a College-wide cooperation agreement with UNESP in 2013, building on existing links developed by the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, and the Department of Education & Professional Studies.

Established in 1962, the University of Brasilia (UnB) is committed to producing state of the art knowledge and promoting citizenship for the transformation of Brazil, giving it a national reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and extension. Currently, UnB has approximately 2,308 teachers, 2,692 dedicated staff, 30,727 undergraduates and 8,913 graduate students. The University houses 26 faculties and schools and has 18 centers dedicated to specialized research on four campuses: the Darcy Ribeiro Campus (main campus) and three other sites (Ceilândia, Gama and Planaltina). King's signed a College-wide cooperation agreement with UnB in 2013, building on promising initial contacts with the King's Brazil Institute.

The Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) was established in 1946. It has around 30,000 students on three campuses. The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies at King’s has a study abroad agreement for its undergraduate students with UFBA.

The State University of Paraíba (UEPB) was established in 1966 as the Regional University of the Northeast, becoming a State university in 1987. It has seven campuses. The Department of Geography at King’s has a cooperation agreement with UEPB, which aims to foster joint activity in a number of areas, including the exchange of doctoral students.

The Brazilian Academy of Letters is a cultural institution, inaugurated in 1897 and based in Rio de Janeiro, charged with the care of the national language of Brazil and with the promotion of Brazilian literature. The Academy is made up of 40 members, awarded the position for their lifetime, and chosen from among the citizens of Brazil who have published recognized works or books of literary value, and 20 foreign associated members. King's College London signed an agreement with the Academy in 2013, in order to develop opportunities for the exchange of high-level visitors - to give lectures and carry out research - and for the exchange of books, research and reference materials. In particular, it is anticipated that the agreement will enable the King's Brazil Institute to host members of the Academy at King's.


The State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is one of the main funding agencies for scientific and technological research in Brazil. It is linked to the State of São Paulo's Secretariat for Higher Education. Since 1962, FAPESP has been awarding funds for research and scholarships in all areas of knowledge, and finances other activities in support of study, exchanges and the dissemination of science and technology in São Paulo. King’s signed a cooperation agreement with FAPESP in September 2009, becoming FAPESP’s first university partner in the UK. The agreement aims to support the development of joint research projects between associated Brazilian and British researchers in all areas of knowledge in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, by providing funds for the exchange of researchers and post-doctoral fellows.

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