University of São Tomé and Príncipe

The University of São Tomé and Príncipe (Portuguese: Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe), USTP, is a public institution of higher education in São Tomé and Príncipe.[4] It is the main institution dedicated to teaching, research and university extension of the country.[5] It was established in 2014 by merging three older institutions of higher education: ISP (Instituto Superior Politécnico de São Tomé e Príncipe, also ISPSTP), EFOPE (Escola de Formação de Professores e Educadores) and ICS (Instituto de Ciências de Saúde).[1]

University of São Tomé and Príncipe
Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe
RectorAyres Bruzaca de Menezes[2][3]
Quinta de Santo António, CP 546
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0°19′34″N 6°43′48″E / 0.326°N 6.73°E / 0.326; 6.73Coordinates: 0°19′34″N 6°43′48″E / 0.326°N 6.73°E / 0.326; 6.73


The polytechnical school ISP was founded in 1996 through Decree 88, under the name "Higher Polytechnic Institute of São Tomé and Príncipe" (ISPSTP, in portuguese);[6] it began operations in the academic year 1997/1998. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture, ISPSTP began its activities with three-year baccalaureate courses aimed at training secondary school teachers in the areas of Portuguese, French, Mathematics, Biology and History. Other baccalaureate courses were created later.[7]

The predecessor of the medical school ICS, Escola de Formação dos Quadros da Saúde Dr. Victor Sá Machado, was established in 2003 with financial support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and was inaugurated in October 2003.[8] In 2014 it was renamed Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Victor Sá Machado.[8]

On July 24, 2014, the government of São Tomé and Príncipe decided to establish the "São Tomé and Príncipe Public University" (UPSTP). For that, they converted the ISPSTP (transforming into an organic institution), creating instead the first public university of the archipelago. At the installation ceremony, the Minister of Education, Culture and Formation, Jorge Lopes Bom Jesus, installed the university professor Peregrino do Sacramento da Costa, as the Rector of the new university.[9]

Two Brazilian institutions have supported the project since its inception in 2012: the University for International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (Unilab) and the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Both universities, together with the Brazilian Ministry of Education are assisting the institution until its final consolidation.[10] In September 2015, the creation of a German course was announced at the UPSTP with the support of the Goethe Institute and the German Academy Exchange Service and in collaboration of the University of Münster.[11] In 2016 the university changed its name to "Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe" (USTP). On July 28, 2016, the new rector, Professor Ayres Bruzaca de Menezes, took office.[2]

Departments and coursesEdit

Mini-conference by ISP during the Smart Talk Event in 2014 with the speakers Cláudio Corallo and Hilária Teixeira.

The University of São Tomé and Príncipe covers the following scientific areas:[1]

  • Sciences of Nature, Life and Environment
  • Human and Social Sciences and Arts
  • Exact Sciences and Engineering
  • Economic and Political Sciences and Law

It offers the following courses:[12]

Human and Social Sciences and Arts, Exact Sciences and Engineering
  • Licentiate in Biology
  • Licentiate in Mathematics
  • Licentiate in Agronomy
  • Licentiate in Physics
  • Licentiate in Business Administration
  • Licentiate in Public Relations and Communications
  • Licentiate in Economics
  • Licentiate in Hotel Management
  • Licentiate in Computer Engineering
  • Licentiate in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications
  • Licentiate in Systems and Information Technology
  • Licentiate in the Portuguese language
  • Licentiate in History
  • Licentiate in the French language
  • Licentiate in Geography
  • Licentiate in Law
Health Sciences
  • Licentiate in management administration in health services
  • Bachelor in Nursing
  • Bachelor in Clinical Analysis
  • Bachelor in Anesthesia
  • Complement on the secondary education in pharmacy
  • Middle courses on nursing
  • Middle courses on maternal and child health
  • Specialization in surgical instrumentation
  • Licentiate in Primary Education, Initial Training
  • Complement of Licentiate in Primary Education
  • Bachelor in Primary Education
  • Bachelor in Children's Education

Notable alumni and professorEdit


Name Term Campus Election form
Peregrino do Sacramento da Costa[4] July 24, 2014 - July 28, 2016 Higher Polytechnical Institute Ministerial decision
Ayres Bruzaca de Menezes[2] since July 28, 2016 Higher Polytechnical Institute Ministerial decision


  1. ^ a b c Decreto-Lei n.º03/2016
  2. ^ a b c "ANDIM TV: Cerimónia de Empossamento do novo Reitor da Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe na íntegra" (in Portuguese). Andim TV. 29 July 2016. Archived from the original on 19 December 2016.
  3. ^ Mensagem de boas vindas, Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe, accessed 26 October 2018
  4. ^ a b São Tomé e Príncipe cria a 1ª universidade pública - Portal AULP
  5. ^ Primeira Universidade pública instituída em São Tomé e Príncipe - Jornal Tropical-STP
  6. ^ A compilation of background information about educational legislation, governance, management and financing structures and processes: Sub-Saharan Africa - UNESCO-IBE, 2008, p. 219
  7. ^ Pontífice, Maria Fernanda. "Educação Superior em São Tomé e Príncipe". Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul.
  8. ^ a b Instituto Superior de Ciências de Saúde - Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe. Rede Internacional de Educação de Técnicos em Saúde
  9. ^ São Tomé e Príncipe já tem universidade pública - RFI Português
  10. ^ Parceria entre Unilab e UFMG para implantar universidade pública em São Tomé e Príncipe - UNILAB
  11. ^ Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe prepara licenciatura em alemão, Deutsche Welle (DW), 24 September 2015, accessed on 26 October 2018 (in Portuguese)
  12. ^ Oferta formativa

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