Program History

The University of Brasilia's Graduate Program in Transportation of was created in 1988 as a Master's Degree in Urban Transport. It was an important step at the time, in order to meet the demand for training of highly skilled human resources in the area of urban transport, especially in the north and midwest regions of Brazil. It was established through an agreement signed between the University of Brasília and the Federal Government, with support from the Brazilian Urban Transport Company (EBTU).


In 1998, started the Interdisciplinary Center for Transport Studies (Ceftru) at the University of Brasilia, in partnership with the International Agency of Japanese Cooperation (JICA) and with the Ministry of Transportation.


In order to expand the activities developed beyond the frontiers of urban transport, in 1999 the course became a Master's Degree in Transportation. In 2005 the Doctoral Degree in Transportation was initiated and the program then gained the current denomination of "Graduate Program in Transportation - PPGT ".



  • Training of professionals (professors, researchers and technicians) with high scientific qualification, capacity of analysis and creation, initiative and critical spirit to solve and develop solutions in transportation;
  • Development of scientific and technological research in transportation aiming to produce, disseminate and apply knowledge related to the research areas of the program.


Target Audience

Higher level professionals graduated from accredited educational institutions in related areas to the objectives and research areas of the course: logistics, transportation system operation and transportation planning.


Research Areas

  • Logistics: Transportation management, distribution of goods and services from supplier to customer.
  • Transportation System Operation: Traffic and road safety.
  • Transportation Planning: Transportation planning models; Applied studies of transportation planning.


Faculty Staff

  • Alan Ricardo da Silva - Dr. PPGT/UnB – Brazil – 2009 (Institute of Exact Sciences).
  • Augusto César de Mendonça Brasil - Dr. IST/UTL – Portugal – 2000 (UnB – Gama Campus).
  • Carlos Henrique Marques da Rocha - Dr. Un. Liverpool – England – 1992 (Faculty of Technology).
  • Fabiana Serra de Arruda - Dra. EESC/USP – Brazil – 2005 (Faculty of Technology).
  • Francisco Gildemir Ferreira da Silva - Dr. UFC – Brazil – 2011 (FEAAC/UFC).
  • Li Weigang – Dr. ITA – Brazil – 1994 (Institute of Exact Sciences).
  • Michelle Andrade - Dra. PPGT/UnB – Brazil – 2009 (Faculty of Technology).
  • Neantro Saavedra Rivano - Dr. Un. Columbia – EUA – 1982 (Visiting Scholar).
  • Pastor Willy Gonzales Taco - Dr. EESC/USP – Brazil – 2003 (Faculty of Technology).
  • Reinaldo Crispiano Garcia - Dr. UC Berkeley – USA – 1999 (Faculty of Technology).
  • Rita de Cássia Silva - Dra. ENPC – France – 2004 (UnB – Gama Campus).
  • Sérgio Ronaldo Granemann - Dr. Un. Dáix Marseille 11 – France – 1994 (Faculty of Technology).



In general, the admissions process takes place at the end of the year. In case of exceptional demands, another admissions process can be carried out in the middle of the year.


Admissions are determined by the curriculum vitae of the candidate, by an exam of multiple-choice questions (for those residents in Brazil), and by an evaluation of a research project (for those residents abroad). The following elements are considered for the evaluation of each candidate:

  • Academic background;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Recommendation letters;
  • Exam and research project scores;
  • Capacity of reading in and understanding of the english language.



Full time students can obtain, if program vacancies are available and based on the final classification in the admissions process, scholarship from the Brazilian development agencies (CAPES, CNPQ etc.).



The program has conventional resources such as classrooms, offices for staff and students, as well as a computer lab. In addition, the Interdisciplinary Center for Transport Studies (Ceftru) and the Faculty of Technology (FT) provide their laboratories, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, for the use of staff and students, upon scheduling.



The Interdisciplinary Center for Transport Studies (Ceftru), created in 1996, constitutes a multidisciplinary center for science and technology in transportation. Linked to the Faculty of Technology (FT) of the University of Brasília aims to produce sustainable technological and innovative research focused on urban mobility, transportation and logistics.



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