Ribeirão Preto

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Ribeirão Preto
Municipality
The Municipality of Ribeirão Preto
Top left:Ribeirão Preto Cathedral, Top right:Panorama view of Centro and downtown area from Maurillo Biagi Ecological Park, 2nd left:Ribeirão Preto Cafe Museum, 2nd right:Don Pedro Second Municipal Theater, 3rd left:Pinguim Draft Beer Hall, 3rd right:Joao Flusa Avenue, Bottom:Panorama View of Centro-Sul area
Top left:Ribeirão Preto Cathedral, Top right:Panorama view of Centro and downtown area from Maurillo Biagi Ecological Park, 2nd left:Ribeirão Preto Cafe Museum, 2nd right:Don Pedro Second Municipal Theater, 3rd left:Pinguim Draft Beer Hall, 3rd right:Joao Flusa Avenue, Bottom:Panorama View of Centro-Sul area
Flag of Ribeirão Preto
Flag
Official seal of Ribeirão Preto
Seal
Nickname(s): ’’Capital Nacional do Agonegócio (National Capital Agribusiness)
Motto: Bandeirantum Ager
Location of Ribeirão Preto
Location of Ribeirão Preto
Coordinates: 21°10′42″S 47°48′24″W / 21.17833°S 47.80667°W / -21.17833; -47.80667
Country Brazil
Region Southeast
State São Paulo
Founded June 19, 1856
Government
 • Mayor Dárcy Vera (PSD)
Area
 • Total 651.37 km2 (251.50 sq mi)
Elevation 546 m (1,791 ft)
Population (2012) 619,746
Postal Code 14000-000
Area code(s) +55 16
Demonym ribeirão-pretano
Website Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo
Ribeirão Preto from the top

Ribeirão Preto (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁibejˈɾɐ̃w ˈpɾetu], Black Brook or Black Stream) is a municipality and city in the Northeastern region of the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is nicknamed Brazilian California, because of a combination of an economy based on agrobusiness plus high technology, wealth and sunny weather all year long. According to 2010 Census Ribeirão Preto is the eighth largest municipality in the state, and in 2012 it’s estimated to be 619,746 inhabitants. With a total area of 652.2 km² (251.8 sq mi), its coordinates are 21° 10’ 42" South latitude and 47° 48’ 24" West longitude; and it is situated 313 km (194 mi) from the city of São Paulo and 706 km (439 mi) from Brasília, the federal capital. Mean altitude is 546.8 meters high (1,794 ft).

The city’s average temperature throughout the year is 23,2°C (73,75F) and the predominant original vegetation is the Atlantic forest. Of the total inhabitants 99.7% of its population lives within city boundaries, and in 2009 there was 319 health establishments. Its IDH is 0.855, considered elevated and the sixth highest of the state. There are numerous highways linking Ribeirão Preto to other citys, such as Anhanguera Highway and Cândido Portinari Highway, alongside the railroad and the Doctor Leite Lopes Airport.

The city was originated around 1856 as the region received many miners that had left their already depleted lands because of the mining, looking for pastures for cattle. In the beginning of the 20th century the city began to attract immigrants that had come to work in the agriculture or in the recently opened industries. The coffee was for a long time the principal activity and main source of income until 1929, when it lost its value and lost space to other cultures and the industrial sector. Along the second half of the 20th century there was some investment in areas such as health, biotechnology, bioenergy and information technology, that lead the city to be declared in a Technological Center in 2010. These activities have caused the city to have the 30th biggest GNP in Brazil.

In addition to its economic importance, the city is also an important cultural center. The Prefeito Luiz Roberto Jábali Park, the Maurilio Biagi Park and the Zoo Garden are important preservation areas, while the Pinguim Choperia, the Dom Pedro Theatre and projects as the Ribeirão Preto’s Cinema Center are relevant sightseeing points, along the cultural events as Agrishow, and the National Book Fair.

Population[edit]

The population of Ribeirão Preto includes, amongst other groups, descendents of Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese immigrants who were attracted to the region because of the coffee agriculture, right after the abolition of slavery in 1888, when immigrants were granted lands, after being indentured workers. Descendants of African slaves also constituted a big parcel of the population. Italians arrived in huge numbers, followed by Germans, Spaniards, Eastern Europeans, and Portuguese.

During the 1990s, Northeastern migrants came to the region attracted by the economic development of São Paulo state cities, which was widely broadcast in TV documentaries. With the super population of the city by individuals who often had no technical skills and were often illiterate, poverty and crime grew considerably. Many migrants boosted the economy by working in sugar cane plantations and orange groves though. However, those who perform seasonal duties, often have no safe net, when the work is over. IBGE research indicate that Ribeirão Preto has a population of 605.114 inhabitants.[1] The urban agglomeration incorporates 34 municipalities, with a population about 1.4 million inhabitants.

Demography[edit]

Data of the Census of 2010
Source: IPEAdata

Ethnicity[edit]

Ethnic groups Percent
White 76.9%
Black 5.6%
Pardo (Brown) 15.7%
Asian 0.8%
Amerindian 0.1%

Source: Census 2000

Region[edit]

Political division map of the micro-region of Ribeirão Preto, with population ranges expressed in color

Coordinates: 21°10′42″S 47°48′24″W / 21.17833°S 47.80667°W / -21.17833; -47.80667 Ribeirão Preto is the center of an urban agglomeration with about 1.033.064 inhabitants, and comprises the following municipalities:

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

The climate[2] of Ribeirão Preto is tropical, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with rainy summers and dry winters.

  • Average temperature: Winter 19°C; Summer 29°C
  • Altitude: 518.4 m (between 504 and 852 meters)
  • Average precipitation: 1426.80 mm of rain (annual total)
  • Relative humidity: 71% yearly average
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Hydrography[edit]

  • Pardo River
  • Ribeirão Preto (origin of the city's name)
  • Retiro Saudoso Brook
  • Tanquinho Brook
  • Laureano Brook
  • Das Palmeiras Brook
  • Dos Catetos Brook
  • Dos Campos Brook
  • Vista Alegre Brook
  • Olhos d'Água Brook

History[edit]

Panoramic view of Ribeirão Preto

The city was founded June 19, 1856, by farmers coming from the southeast of São Paulo State in search of good climate and soil for coffee growing. The city was laid by a stream called Black Creek, and was named after it (Ribeirão Preto means black creek in Portuguese, sometimes the city name is translated as "Black Stream", which is also the name of a hotel in the city). Eventually the farmers’ choice revealed itself as very adequate and the fertile soil of the Ribeirão Preto region allowed the highest crop productivity in Brazil.

The rapid development of the coffee cultivation brought wealth and progress to the city, which by the 1880s had become the largest coffee producer in the world. Coffee, the “green gold” as it was called, was responsible for a kind of “gold rush” in the region, which attracted workers and adventurous people from several parts of the world. This movement was helped by the new Mogiana Railway, which linked Ribeirão Preto to São Paulo and to the port city of Santos, and by the abolition of slavery in Brazil, in 1888. The end of slavery created a strong demand for labor and the “coffee barons”, as the coffee farmers were called, stimulated European immigration - mostly from Italy but also from Portugal, Spain and Germany - to Ribeirão Preto. Later, after the stock market crash of 1929, several of these immigrants bought the farms from their indebted former employers.

Culture[edit]

Teatro Pedro II

At the beginning of the 20th century and during its first three decades, Ribeirão Preto was a rich city, boasting several mansions, European-style cafés, cabarets and even two opera houses. One of the opera houses - the Carlos Gomes Theatre (in honour of Brazilian opera composer Carlos Gomes) - was demolished in 1949 but the other - the "Pedro II Theatre" (named in honor of Emperor Dom Pedro II), dating from the 1920s - resisted time and was restored and modernized during the 1990s. Its ceiling, completely destroyed in a fire of 1980, was rebuilt and gained a new design projected by Japanese-Brazilian artist Tomie Ohtake. The Pedro II Theatre is now the third largest opera house in Brazil and is the home of the Ribeirão Preto symphony orchestra, one of the oldest and most important in Brazil.

An important fact for the city life happened in 1911 with the opening of its first factory, the Antarctica Brewery Company, nowadays part of the AmBev group. It was Antarctica which built the Pedro II Theatre. The Antarctica factory led to the opening of several beer houses in the city and one of them named Pinguim (penguin in Portuguese), became particularly famous and made Ribeirão Preto nationally renowned for the quality of its draft beer (chope or chopp in Brazilian Portuguese). Many people say that Pinguim has the best draft beer in Brazil and it became so important that it is now a symbol of the city; people say that coming to Ribeirão Preto and not visiting Pinguim is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope. There are four Pinguim beer houses in Ribeirão Preto: two of them, called Pinguim 1 and 2 respectively, are at the November XV square (the central square of Ribeirão Preto) right beside the Pedro II Theatre). The other two are at the shopping centers Santa Úrsula and Ribeirão Shopping respectively. By the way, the Penguin beer house was named after the Antarctica company's logo (see at [1]).Many small "alambiques" exist in the region, each producing its own singular "Pinga," better known as Cachaça. These "Pingas" are often aged and are available in many flavours, while still maintaining their flair.

Pinguim is not the only good beer house in Ribeirão Preto. Ribeirão Preto is a hot climate city, which makes people go out in the evening to chat and enjoy cold draft beers in bars. Therefore, the city is teeming with bars, from the simple "botequins" or "botecos" that one can find in almost every corner, to the most sophisticated pub style bars, which rival their counterparts in São Paulo and Rio.

Ribeirão Preto also has one of the first micro-breweries in Brazil, Cervejaria Colorado, founded in 1997. It produces three different types of beers, two ales and one lager. Cervejaria Colorado is located at Rua Minas and has a bar at Avenida Independencia where it offers 70 different labels of beer from all over the world.

Ribeirão Preto is considered one of the major centers of business tourism in the country, being chosen by the Ministry of Tourism as an inducer of regional tourism development, between 4 cities of São Paulo and 64 other locations throughout Brazil. Currently the city has 52 hotels in full operation, with 8600 beds (or jobs), beyond 30 motels with 2000 beds, beds totaling 10,600 rooms in the network of the city.

Annually in the city several events occurs, such as Fair Photo Image, Carnabeirão (greater micareta the state of São Paulo), Film Festival Ribeirão Preto, Agrishow (International Fair of Agricultural Technology in Action), National Book Fair of Ribeirão Black (second largest fair in the open in Brazil), Fair ExpoHair, Feitrans (Fair Transport Interior Paulista), Festival Tanabata (Japanese culture), Arena Cross, John Rock Winterfest, Ribeirão Rodeo Music, Ribeirão Skol Folia, Festitália (Italian culture), Entorta Bixo, Feapam, Ribeirão Cana Invest, Bonfim Paulista Rodeo Show, Expobonsai, AVIRRP, Comida di Buteco, Restaurant Week Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto Tropeada Mitsubishi Rally Cup Copa Chevrolet Montana, Stock Car Brazil, among others. These events move various segments of the municipality, as the airport, bus system, taxi, hotel chain, bars, restaurants, and more.

There are still many convention centers and event spaces, such as:

  • Convention Center Ribeirão Preto, capacity: 2450 people;
  • Convention Center Taiwan, capacity: 400, 1000, 3000 and 5000 people per auditorium;
  • Events Center CENACON, capacity: 1700 people;
  • Mediterranean Area Events Center, capacity: 3000 people;
  • Events Center Hotel JP, capacity: 1800 people;
  • White Canvas Events Center, capacity: 1700 people;
  • New Event Space Centre, capacity: 4000 people;
  • Events West Shopping Center, capacity: 3000 people;
  • Ribeirão Preto Expo Center.
  • NEO Convention (under construction), capacity: 600 people;
  • Exhibition Park IAC, capacity: 380 people;
  • Exhibition Park: capacity: 1500 people;
  • Space Santo Antônio, capacity 1500 people .
"Curupira" Park.

Parks and forests[edit]

Ribeirão Preto has many parks, gardens and a zoo[3] e.g. Fábio Barreto municipal forest, municipal park called "Curupira", officially named Luís Roberto Jábali Park, the Botanical Garden Park, named as Luís Carlos Raya Park, both located in the south zone, Tom Jobim Park, located in the northwest region and the Maurílio Biagi Park, located in the central region.

Theatres and museums[edit]

Ribeirão Preto has several museums and theaters, highlighting the Theatro Pedro II, which is an opera house, located in the central region, more specifically in the "Quarterão Paulista"(Paulista Block), considered the third largest category in Brazil, with capacity for 1580 spectators and a total area of 6500 m², inaugurated on October 8, 1930. Another highlight is the theater in the Municipal Theatre, inaugurated in 1969 with modern lines, which has capacity for 515 people. Being a large and wooded place, is also used for cultural events. There is also the Arena Theatre, which is next to the Municipal Theater, among others. Some museums stand out in the city, as the "Coffee Museum Francis Schmidt," which was built in the early 1950s, known for saving the most important collection of pieces of São Paulo on the History of Coffee Its collection consists of large sculptures, bullock carts, trolleys, coffee machines benefit, plus photos of the golden age of coffee in the region of Ribeirão Preto. Another museum is extremely relevant APRM - Art Museum of Ribeirão Preto-Manuel Pedro Gismondi, the city has other museums such as the Museum of General Order and the Museum of Image and Sound.

Theatres in the city:

  • Auxiliadora Theatre;
  • Bassano Vaccarini Theatre;
  • Arena Theatre;
  • Theatre SESC;
  • Minaz Theatre;
  • Municipal Theatre;
  • Theatre Pedro II;
  • Theatre Santa Rosa;
  • Theatre Sesi .

Cinema[edit]

Ribeirão Preto is a major center of cinema in Brazil, with the Kaiser Film Studios, held by the São Paulo Film Commission, with space of more than 13 thousand square meters of constructed area and houses an entire infrastructure for audiovisual production. Situated in the historic city center, (the Company's former headquarters Brewery Paulista), this historical and cultural heritage is listed by the Defense Council of Historical, Artistic, Archaeological and Tourism of the State of São Paulo (Condephaat), Council of Heritage Preservation Cultural de Ribeirão Preto (Conppac) and at present is in the process of overturning the Iphan - "Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage. In addition, the city still has the largest film society in the country, Cineclube Cauim.

Carnival[edit]

Ribeirão Preto is the birthplace of one of the oldest samba schools in Brazil: in 1927 founded the "Bambas" However, as a string carnival, becoming samba schools later. Besides this pioneering school are the Ambassadors of Elysian Fields, Tradition of Ipiranga, Golden Falcon, 12 Corinthian Shirt Emperors and Samba.

In 2010 the city was the theme chosen by the samba school to parade Golden Eagle sambódramo in São Paulo, the parade had wings wing as coffee and sugar cane. The school told the story of Ribeirão and the importance of agribusiness. There are two road blocks, "Os Alegrões" (Jardim Irajá) and "O Berro" (Centro).

Sports[edit]

Lately Ribeirão Preto's highest sports acclaim comes in basketball. The team plays under the name COC-Ribeirão Preto (Colegio Oswaldo Cruz) and finished 1st in the National Championship first division in 2003. Other finishes of note include championships in the Paulista league (state of São Paulo) in '02,'03,'04,'05 and '06 when was champion. COC-Ribeirão Preto plays its home games in the Gym "Cava do Bosque", which is located on the land associated with the Municipal Park of Sports.

The city also possesses two soccer stadiums, the Estádio Palma Travassos (of Comercial FC) and Santa Cruz (of Botafogo FC). Neither Comercial nor Botafogo are currently in Brazil's top three soccer divisions. On the national and international scene, Botafogo is often confused with the Rio de Janeiro club with the same name to the extent that the Rio club is often credited with being the infamous club against which Pelé scored a record 8 goals in one game. One example is in Franklin Foer's book "How Soccer Explains the World". But it was in the Paulista championships on November 21, 1964 in the costal city of Santos and against the Ribeirão Preto team that Pelé achieved the incredible feat and his Santos team won by an 11 x 0 score. The 8 goals were payback for the defeat Santos suffered on September 6, 1964 when they visited Ribeirão Preto during the first round of the tournament and lost 2 x 0. Not only had a "small" team beaten one of the "big" teams, but had done so while insulting the "King". A better claim to fame for Botafogo (often referred to as Botafogo-SP) is that Brazilian soccer captains (and brothers) Sócrates and Raí started their careers with Botafogo.

National Team Training Centres (CTSs) World Cup 2014[edit]

Ribeirão Preto is among the municipalities that meet the basic requirements, such as distance to airports, hotels range for officers, among others. Therefore, it was selected as one of the cities eligible to receive Training Centers of the World Cup 2014. The Organizing Committee announced the list of cities with potential to host these training centers of Selections (CTS) during the World Cup 2014.

Economy[edit]

The Santa Elisa sugarcane processing plant, one of the largest and oldest in Brazil, is located near Ribeirão Preto.
Typical sugarcane harvest transport near Ribeirão Preto

After the New York Stock Exchange crash of 1929 the economy of Ribeirão Preto, based on a single export crop, collapsed, and the city had to adapt to a new situation. Since the city is relatively far from other major Brazilian urban centers, it found a new economic vocation in the services and commercial sector, which was developed to attend the local and regional demands.[citation needed]

The second economic boom in the history of Ribeirão Preto occurred after the oil crisis (1973 and 1979) of the 1970s. The increase in the oil price obliged Brazil to look for alternative means of fueling and the solution found was the alcohol fuel program, or Pro-Álcool as it is called. Pró-Álcool led to the development of a technology which allows the use of ethanol (sugarcane alcohol) either as automotive fuel or as a gasoline additive. The latter improves performance and substitutes lead thus decreasing polluting emissions. Due to the Pró-Álcool program, farmers from the region of Ribeirão Preto were encouraged by government subsidies to grow sugarcane. The high productivity of the land around Ribeirão Preto rapidly placed the region as the largest alcohol and sugar producer of the world, being responsible for 30 percent of Brazil’s sugarcane alcohol fuel.[citation needed]

Contrary to what happened during the city's first economic boom, this time Ribeirão Preto farmers and entrepreneurs did not concentrate themselves exclusively on a single crop and diversified their investments making the city one of the most important agribusiness centers of Brazil. Besides sugar and alcohol, Ribeirão Preto's major products are orange juice, cotton, rice, meat, dairy products, textiles, machinery, steel, furniture, building materials, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and, of course, beer. The city hosts "Agrishow" on an annual basis, this show being one of the most important agricultural trade shows in Brazil.[citation needed]

The sugarcane boom brought a new age of prosperity for the city, which was called the "Brazilian California" during the 1980s and early 1990s. On the one hand, this has increased the city's wealth and turned it into a sophisticated center of services for Brazil and South America but, on the other hand, the image of a new "Eldorado" attracted many migrants from impoverished areas of Brazil leading to a rapid population growth and the appearance of slums (favelas as they are called in Brazil) including all the negative aspects associated with them like drug trafficking and high violence and crime rates, an unfortunate fact that Ribeirão Preto shares with all other major Brazilian cities.[citation needed]

The airline Passaredo Transportes Aéreos has its headquarters in the Jardim Aeroporto area of the city.[4]

Government[edit]

The mayor, Dárcy Vera from the Democrats party coalition (formerly the Party of the Liberal Front), was elected in 2008 and took office on January 1, 2009. It is the first time that the city takes a woman as mayor. She was elected with 154,397 votes (52,04% of the votes). Her term of office is four years (until December 31, 2012), and she plans running for the 2010 elections as Federal Deputy.

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Ribeirão Preto is twinned with:

Subdivisions[edit]

Besides the main administration, the city has three regional administrations (sub city halls):[5]

  • Regional administration 1: North (Campos Elísios)
  • Regional administration 2: West (Vila Tibério)
  • Regional administration 3: South (Bonfim Paulista)

Urban Infrastructure[edit]

Health[edit]

In 2009 the municipality counted with 319 health establishments such as hospitals, emergencies rooms, clinics and dental care, being 64 of these publics and 255 private. With them the city has 2 177 beds available for hospitalization, which 847 are in the public’s establishments and 1 320 in the private’s. In 2011 95,7% of the children of under-1 year had their immunization updated. In 2010 was registered 8 141 new born, and the infant mortality rate as 9,7/ every 1 000 born child and 99.8% of all the new born had assisted birth. In the same year 12,5% of all pregnant women were under-20 years. 32 963 children were weighed by the Family’s Health Program, and 0,8% of them were undernourished.

The Ribeirão Preto’s Health division is linked to the City hall and responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Sistema Unico de Saude (SUS- Unified Health System), and for the policies, programs and projects that aimed the city’s health. For the first care the city counts with 33 Units UBDS and UBS. Among the support and basic attention services there’re the Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine Program, Sanitary Surveillance (VISA), the Programme for Health Care of the Person with Disabilities (PASDEF), the Home Care Service (DSS), the Health Program of the Deaf and Fissured (Prodaf) and the Program Community Integration (PIC). The Service Mobile Emergency (EMS) in Ribeirão Preto was one of the first to be instituted in Brazil, counting today with 11 ambulances basic (USBs) and a mobile ICU.

Ministry of Health points Ribeirão Preto as the best city in the state and the third better in the country, among the 29 Brazilian’s municipality with the highest income and infrastructure in access and quality of the health services. The city was rated 6,69, above the Brazilian average, of 5,47, according to the SUS’ Index of Performance ( Idsus). The first two ranked are Vitória (ES) and Curitiba (PR) with the notes 7,08 ad 6,96, respectively.

Education[edit]

The medium Basic Education Performance Index (IDEB) among the city’s public schools was, in 2009, 4,0 (in a scale from 1 to 10), considering that the note from the 5th years was 4,4 and the 9th years was 3,7; the note of the municipals and publics schools in the hole country was also 4,0. Among the private institutions the municipal index raises to 6,1 (6,4 for the 5th years students and 5,9 for the 9th years). The education Human Development Index (HDI) was 0,918 (classified as very elevated), while Brazilian’s was 0,849.

The municipality counted, in 2009, with approximated 117 373 enrollments in the schools. According to the Brazilian Institute Of Geographic and Statics, in the same year, from the all the 168 elementary schools, 60 belonged to the state, 26 to the municipality and 82 were private. Among all the 68 high schools, 32 belonged to the state, 3 to the municipality and 33 were private. In 2000, 5,5% of the children from 7 to 14 were not at school. The graduation average among teen of 15 to 17 years was, in the same year, 67,7%. The index of alphabetization of the population above 15 years, in 2010, was of 98,9%. In 2006, for each 100 girls there were 105 boys in the elementary school.

The city’s Education Office has as their objective to coordinate and advise the management and pedagogical the city’s education system. Are examples of the programs coordinated by the Office the Young and Adults Education (EJA) that is a non-cost education for the adults that had not concluded elementary schooling and the Special Education Networking, where students who have physical disabilities are conducted by specialist teachers.

A noteworthy fact is that it was during the economic stagnation period from the 1940s to the 1950s that the city discovered and established its vocation as an educational and university center. In 1942 the state government expropriated the Monte Alegre Farm, which was an important coffee farm from the Schmidt family of German immigrants, to transform it into an agricultural practical school. Several new buildings and houses for the professors were constructed over a land which held before tens of thousands of coffee plants. The new school was very well planned and urbanized and many trees were planted to provide shadow and give it a pleasant atmosphere. But the agricultural school never achieved a significant development and it was closed in 1951. A longstanding dream of the population of Ribeirão Preto was to have a university and in 1952 the old farm was donated to the University of São Paulo for the creation of a medical school, which was the first school of its campus at Ribeirão Preto.

Fortunately, many original buildings of the agricultural school and even some of the Monte Alegre Farm were preserved and only adapted to hold the new university, which makes its campus one of the most beautiful university campuses in Brazil. After the creation of the medical school the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto (USP-RP) has been growing steadily and it is presently constituted by eight schools: School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (FMRP), School of Law of Ribeirão Preto (FDRP), School of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters (FFCLRP), School of Dentistry (FORP), School of Economics, Administration and Accounting (FEARP), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FCFRP), School of Nursing (EERP) and School of Music (DMRP-ECA).

The creation of USP-RP stimulated the cultural and academic life in Ribeirão Preto and several schools, colleges and universities were opened in the city since then. Nowadays the town has many other colleges and faculties such as Centro Universitário Moura Lacerda, Faculdades Bandeirantes, Centro Universitário Barão da Mauá, Faculdade Anhanguera, Faculdade Reges, Faculdade São Luís, Faculdades COC (Colégio Oswaldo Cruz), Universidade de Ribeirão Preto (UNAERP), Universidade Paulista (UNIP), Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), Fundação Fritz Muller (FFM), FGV-COC (Fundação Getúlio Vargas).

One interesting fact is that in Ribeirão Preto there is one Local Cometee of AIESEC. Present in over 110 countries and territories and with over 60,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organisation. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today. Their office is in Rua das Paiseiras, casa 9, USP, Monte Alegre.

Science and Technology[edit]

Despite Ribeirão Preto, the entire region comprehends one of the principal University and Research Centers of the State, highlighting the health, engineering and high technology in São Carlos, agronomics, vet and zoo in Jaboticabal, zoo and food engineering at Pirassununga, among others. Therefore the region consolidates itself as an important technological and educational polo. In May 2012 was opened the School of Technological Training (FORTEC) "Jandyra Camargo Moquenco" downtown, beginning its activities with four classes and attending around 900 students, divided in three shifts.

Ribeirao Preto’s Technology Park has as its objective to support the scientific and technological development of the area, attracting companies that invest in research and development of products, focused in the areas of health and biotechnology, that prioritize sustainable development. The focus is to the Education and Research institutions, that comprehends the development of human resources, the availability of technological services and competence, and the technological demands from the companies in the area of Ribeirao Preto and from Brazil itself altogether with the international and national’s technological trends in the Health and Biotechnology industry. Ribeirao Preto’s Technology Park counts with equipment that induces research and development, as the Medical and Hospital Equipment Laboratory, a Business Center and a Business Incubator. The city also is an educational center in IT. In 2005 the city counted already with more than 300 companies in the activity and in 2010 the area had an increase of 23% in the income of the companies in the industry of Information and Communication Technology. Other areas that the city also stands out in the technological sector are the Health, the Biotechnology and the Bioenergy, considered one of the biggest sugar and ethanol’s producers worldwide.

Transportation[edit]

Public transportation[edit]

  • The Ribeirão Preto's public transportation system is operated by three companies and about 300 buses that attend 113[6] lines and routes.
  • There are 30 routes[7] operated by small-sized buses. These routes connect distant districts to the main stations and are free of charge.
  • An electronic card is required to use public transportation. The card works as a pre-paid fare system, and the fares are debited directly from the electronic card. These electronic cards are issued by the transportation department, which is called Transerp.[8]

Main highways[edit]

Ribeirão Preto Beltway

Ribeirão Preto has a good road network that connects the cities of São Paulo state and to the capital, having access to highways statewide and even national importance through side roads and two-lane paved, as the National Highway Cândido Portinari and Anhanguera highway. Anhanguera is one of the most important roads of São Paulo, being inserted in the northeast corridor of the state, linking it to Minas Gerais. In a radius of 200 km around the city are some of the major cities in the interior of São Paulo and Minas Gerais, such as Araraquara, São Carlos, Bauru, Piracicaba, Campinas, São José do Rio Preto, Uberaba and Uberlândia, being facilitated by the availability of access roads. The following highways pass through the city:

  • Highway Antonio Machado Sant'Anna (SP-255) - Linking Araraquara to San Carlos;
  • Mario Donegá Highway (SP-291) - Road linking Pradópolis to Dumont;
  • Attilio Balbo Highway and Highway Armando Salles de Oliveira (SP-322) - Connect the municipality of Ribeirão Preto to Sertãozinho;
  • Highway Alexandre Balbo (SP-328) - Ring Road North;
  • Highway Mayor Antonio Duarte Nogueira (SP-328) - Ring Road South;
  • Anhanguera Highway (SP-330) – Linking Ribeirão Preto to Brasilia, Campinas and São Paulo;
  • Abram Assed Highway (SP-333) - Road linking Cajuru to Ribeirão Preto;
  • Highway Cândido Portinari (SP-334) - Road linking the city to Batatais and Franca

Airport[edit]

  • Dr. Leite Lopes Airport offers support and infrastructure compatible with airports of major centers. It operates full-time, and has an average of more than 30,000 flights and more than 473,000 passengers per year.

Ribeirão Preto’s Airport - Dr. Leite Lopes is administered by the São Paulo’s Airway Department (DAESP). It is one of the main airports in São Paulo, offering support and infrastructure compatible with airports in major centers. Functions full-time and received, in 2011, more than 54,000 flights and nearly 1.1 million passengers, making it the 26th busiest airport in Brazil, with movement than many capitals. It has tarmac, which has 1800 meters long and night lighting, and passenger terminal with 3850 m² and parking for vehicles with 100 vacancies. Still operates charter flights, houses the headquarters of Passaredo important regional airline, and a flying club.

Railroad[edit]

Currently the city's railway system is not functional. There are some projects underway to revitalize it.[9]

The first railway to arrive in Ribeirão Preto belonged to the Mogiana Company of Railroads, and the railway station was inaugurated on November 23, 1883. In 1970 it became part of the Railroad Paulista SA, and continued to operate until 1976 when the railroad tracks were transferred. On 1 June 1966 was inaugurated the new railway station, now owned by Centro- Atlantic (FCA), which received passengers until August 1997, when these trains were suppressed. In addition to these Ribeirão Preto has been served by two other railroads. The Dumont Railway, built by Mogiana, connecting the city to the farm Dumont, owned by Henrique Santos Dumont, at west of the city, and the train station Dumont, who belonged to the railroad, was inaugurated in 1890 and abandoned by the closure of the line in 1940, and demolished in March 1968. The Railroad São Paulo-Minas transported ore between Ribeirão Preto and Minas Gerais, with the station that was inaugurated on May 1, 1928 and operated until around 1970.

In popular culture[edit]

The city plays a major role in Orson Scott Card's Ender saga, as it becomes the headquarters of the Hegemony and the South American capital of the Free People of Earth (the world government).

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