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The mission and history of UTL distinguish it from other universities in terms of its approach to teaching, research, dissemination of knowledge and its relationship with society. In 1930, the university defined its mission as to understand and intervene on “how society should be developed to meet all the demands of [...] modern civilisation”. These demands have never been clearer than today, when knowledge is the most important factor in the economic and social success of nations. In this context, research has become the best mean of creating value and should be the main foundation of all higher education. In addition to its role in expanding knowledge and advancing cutting-edge technologies, research also plays a vital role in the process of innovation. The excellence of the research carried out by its teaching staff is the main guarantee of the quality of the education that a university provides. As a consequence, UTL is strongly committed to a strategy of strengthening its research activities and the production of internationally recognised scientific work, together with all that this implies for the judicious management of the University’s human resources.

the University of Porto. We intend to provide you with a virtual tour to show you around and allow you to get to know the whole of the institution. The University of Porto is the largest university in Portugal, and comprises various faculties and other units and bodies, spread across the area of the city. Using the links provided in appropriate areas around this website, you can visit and get to know the various bodies which form the core of the University of Porto. The tour that we have on offer is based on two main target groups. Those outside the University of Porto, who can use the site to find out all information they require in order to gain a complete insight on the organisation, people and activities of this institution. Also, those who are connected to the University of Porto in some way other than indicated above, who can use the site to find out and use a series of items of information and tools for their daily work, to which access is limited, depending on the role you play in the university and the access profile allocated to this role. After all, this is a powerful working instrument for students, staff members, researchers and non-teaching staff, bursary-holders, or in fact for anyone with a formal and recognised activity within the University of Porto.

The University of Minho (UMinho), founded in 1973, began its academic activity in 1975/76. UMinho is renowned for the quality of its teaching, the quality of its students, the public recognition given to its Alumni, and for its intervention and strong links with the local community and the surrounding region. UMinho has a student population of 16.000, out of which 1.900 are postgraduate students. The University has 1.200 teaching staff, of whom 850 hold a PhD, and 600 administrative and technical staff. Throughout the years the University has achieved a high reputation as an institution of learning and leadership, combining strategic vision with a capacity to innovate, and rigorous scientific, academic, administrative and financial management

The University of Coimbra is an indisputable reference in higher education and research in Portugal, due to the quality of the courses taught at its eight Faculties and to the advances achieved in pure and applied research in various areas of knowledge, in Portugal and in the world. The prestige of the University of Coimbra may be demonstrated by the position it holds in the international rankings of universities and research centres. This University is not only a true icon of Portuguese culture in the world, but it also pursues a policy of constant improvement in various fields, which allow it to reassert the high quality of research and teaching, as well as an active role in the development of businesses and industry, and in activities involving intensive knowledge in Portugal in connection with pioneer multinational and international organisations working for the advance of science and knowledge.

Instituto Superior Técnico was established with the objective of providing the country with Engineers with know-how and the necessary skills to succeed in their professional lives, while simultaneously contributing to the economic development of the country. Today, IST offers 21 undergraduate programmes, attended by over 8900 students, covering a wide range of areas of knowledge, which, include not only the traditional engineering specialisations but also other more modern areas such as Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Physics Engineering. Postgraduate training is also important, with more than 1500 students distributed among 26 doctoral areas and various third degree programmes. This is made possible by a highly-qualified teaching staff, over 760 have doctorates, and a highly efficient organisation of services. Today, IST is recognised for its high quality education and R&D, in a growing synergy with the economic sector. IST is considered, in Portugal, and abroad, as a High Quality Engineering, Science and Technology School, which is able to rival with the best Schools worldwide, in their areas of competence

Message from the RectorThe name Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL/Nova) stands for creativity and innovation. Proud of its youth, as the most recent public university within the Lisbon metropolitan area, UNL/Nova extends through three municipalities: Lisbon, Almada and Oeiras. Despite its youth, the thirty four years of existence in the Metropolitan area provide a solid experience, and, nowadays, the University has over 14000 students, 1500 teachers and 800 employees. The singularity of Universidade Nova de Lisboa’s project depends on its assumed dispersion in the city, characterized by two main campi: Campolide (Rectory Building, Economics and Management, Law, Statistics and Information Management) and Caparica (Sciences and Technology), as well as several locations where the remaining teaching and research units are installed: Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Technological Biology and Chemistry.

The University of Évora was the second university to be founded in Portugal. After the foundation of the University of Coimbra in 1537, the need for another university to serve the southern part of the country became evident.The University of Évora seeks to provide a wide range of primary facilities and resources for teaching and learning, while also offering a range of social and cultural activities to its members and the community at large. The solemn inauguration of the University took place on 1st November 1559, and until today it is the date which celebrates the anniversary of the University with the solemn opening of the academic year.

INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DO PORTO began its activity in 1985 as a result of the 1979 re-definition of the national education strategy which re-instated polytechnic universities. With locations in Porto, Matosinhos, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde and Felgueiras the IPP forms an academic community of over 16.000 students. Mission Statement The INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DO PORTO Mission Statement emphasises the “search for excellence”, “a sustainable evolution” and “the specificity and pertinence of its educational offer”. Schools The INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DO PORTO is constituted by organic units: •School of Engineering ISEP •School of Accountancy and Administration ISCAP •School of Education ESE •School of Music and Performing Arts ESMAE •School of Management and Industrial Studies ESEIG •School of Technology and Management of Felgueiras ESTGF •School of Allied Health Sciences ESTSP

The creation of the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, on 26th December 1979, through the Governmental Act-of-Law nº513-T/7, is clearly framed by the broader philosophy which supported the successful implementation of polytechnic higher education in our country. The widening of higher education to the whole territory, in a logic of combating the concentration in the main coast cities, and the innovation made possible by a closer contact between the training institutions and the surrounding community, seem to have been two of the factors that have driven forward the creation of polytechnic higher education in Portugal and, particularly, in the region of Viseu. From all general objectives of the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, we should stress the cooperation with the surround community, on a reciprocal basis, aimed at promoting awareness of regional problems and the implementation of proper solutions. Furthermore, there are other objectives to be considered: technical, humanistic and personal training of its students, in order to make them capable of contributing to the development of the Portuguese society; development of research activities, having in mind the needs of the surrounding context; and cultural exchange and cooperation with other state/private institutions, at the national and international levels. In the last two decades, the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu has grown continuously and it now includes 6 units:5 higher schools - The School of Education, The School of Technology, The Agrarian School, The School of Technology and Management (in the city of Lamego), The Nursing School; and The Welfare Services. Presently this institution has over 7000 students and 400 teachers.


"The Catholic University of Portugal has its own personality, offering a Christian vision of the world and of mankind that is the result of the values expressed by that vision. After a long period of planning, the Portuguese Bishops Conference launched the project of a University in 1967. Over the years the Portuguese Catholic University has established its position through its high quality teaching, demanding training programmes, the prestige of its lecturers, and the many leading managers, lawyers, officials, businessmen it has taught and who have been successful both in Portugal and internationally. Ours is a nationwide university located in four regional centres (Braga, Oporto, Beiras and Lisbon), as well as in Macao, where it runs a University Institute. Divided into 18 faculties, UCP currently offers 45 degree courses, over forty post-graduate and master?s courses, is attended by 11,300 students and has around 1,000 lecturers.

Setúbal Polytechnic Institute is a public institution of higher education, which includes the Presidency Service, a Welfare Social Service and five Colleges that offer a range of graduate courses in different areas such as Technology, Education, Business Administration and Health Care.Setúbal Polytechnic Institute was created in 1979. The main feature of SP is that of stimulating "professional knowledge" - without overlooking "scientific knowledge" of course - as a sound basis for the education of professionals capable of using their skills to the community's benefit. That link with the community, through the provision of services to the network of education establishments and business in the region, has led to the recognition of the importance of this type of higher education subsystem by various academic, scientific and professional sectors in Portugal. Besides education and training, Setúbal Polytechnic Institute's objectives include activities such as research, applied research and experimental development, cooperation in national and foreign projects, and cultural initiatives.

The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro was formed in 1986, although its history builds upon valuable heritage drawn from the “old” Polytechnic of Vila Real, which was founded here in 1973. This Institute assumed a relevant role, contributing to regional development. That’s why, in September 1979, the University Institute of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro was created and, less than 10 years after that, in recognition of its intense activity in the dominion of teaching, scientific and technological research, the Government transformed the University Institute into a University. Nowadays, UTAD is considered an important reference point in the Portuguese University System. According to its Statutes, this University, whose fundamental aims are Teaching, Research, and Extension and Support to the Community, shall be a Centre of Excellence for permanent education and to the creation, transmission and diffusion of culture, science and technology.

University Fernando Pessoa (UFP) is a private institution created in 1992, as result of the merger of two innovative institutes of higher education. The main purpose of this merger was to give birth to a university dedicated to the development of the “Knowledge Society” through new teaching strategies. We aim at building a different conception of university, where teaching and research are made of real things in real time.

The University of the Azores opened on 9th January, 1976 in the aftermath of the Portuguese Revolution of 1974 and before the institutionalization of the Autonomous Region, although under the denomination of University Institute of the Azores. After only a quarter of a century of activity, the University has grown according to the local development projection, which is largely responsible for the transformation of the face of the islands. It is our duty at the University of the Azores to promote the specific knowledge that establishes a link between the nature of the Institution and the character of the Region, an imperative for the success of the academy and the community. Is is also our duty at the University of the Azores to promote universal knowledge, in accordance with the declaration of Bologna, that strives for the creation of a European Higher Education area. This is the source of our application project to the Presidency of the University of the Azores: from the perception of insularity to the culture of universality. Besides, even the atmosphere of a compromise between isolation and global living, resulting from the characteristics of geography and history, individual awareness as demanded by the insular idiosyncrasy, cohabiting with the incentive of the universal, as required by the Azorean emigration.

The Polytechnic of Tomar is a young institution. Its history dates back to the beginning of 1973, when it was created by ministerial decree but it was only in 1982 that installation of the School of Technology was possible. In 1986, the first bachelor degrees were created and classes held in an old building in the downtown using laboratories located in several spots of the city. Finally, in 1992 it changed to a new campus with over 10 hectares. On 1 January 1997, it has obtained the permanent statute of independent establishment housing three schools: the School of Technology in Tomar, the School of Management in Tomar and the School of Technology in Abrantes. With about 4000 students today and 21 higher degrees, the IPT offers a wide range of choices including a great variety of subject domains from Human Sciences and Communication to Engineering and Information Technologies seeking to constantly adjust the contents of its study programmes to entrepreneurial needs. Therefore, all degrees are already adapted to the Bologna requirements as from the 2007/2008 school year

The origin of the School of Economics and Management goes back to the Commercial Lecture Hall, created in 1759 and transformed in the School of Commerce or Commercial Division of the Lisbon’s High School in 1844. The Commercial Lecture Hall offered a course with the objective of lecturing commercial activities at a technical level. - The School of Commerce (1844-1869) The School of Commerce or Commercial Division of the Lisbon’s High School, was created in 1844, after the Commercial Lecture Hall, and in 1869 was integrated in the Industrial Institute of Lisbon. Just like the Commercial Lecture Hall, the School of Commerce offered a course in the secondary level, and its objective was to teach commercial activities at a technical level. - THE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL INSTITUTE OF LISBON (1869-1911) After the School of Commerce was integrated in the Industrial Institute of Lisbon, it became known as the Industrial Commercial Institute of Lisbon. In 1911, the same institute gave birth to the Technical Institute and Institute of Commerce, the last of which became operational in 1913.

The Polytechnic Institute of Leiria is one of the country’s first polytechnic institutions, founded in 1980. It was first established with the School of Education, and currently comprehends five schools, distributed throughout several towns of the Leiria district. During these years, the number of students and teachers at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria has grown considerably. The institution currently has about 600 teachers (many of them holding Master and Doctorate degrees), 10,000 students and modern facilities and equipment. Aimed at delivering quality teaching, the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria has made an investment effort, which makes it a national example in terms of higher education, with a strong influence in the region. Whereas most institutions deal with a shortage of students, the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria is proud to register the opposite tendency and exhibits a high employment rate amongst its graduates.

ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE EDUCACAO DE COIMBRA aims to bring together academics, researchers, teachers and students from different fields to present, discuss and share experience and expertise in the topics covered by the assigned theme: “Identity, diversity and intercultural dialogue”. It is our aim to encourage student’s cultural sensitivity and student’s exchange across frontiers, to spreading knowledge about peoples and promoting cultural awareness and to foster international networking and co-operation across borders.

The Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco (IPCB) has six schools which are currently running more than 35 degree courses, including Specialized Technology courses, courses for specific fields, post-graduate and Masters courses, in diverse areas of learning. The Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco (IPCB) is a publically-funded higher education institution, legally recognized as a public institution, functioning autonomously, in terms of the founding, administration, finance, learning, teaching and discipline according to Lei (Law) nº 54/90 (Lei de Autonomia e Gestão dos Estabelecimentos de Ensino Superior Politécnico), a law about the running of Higher Education colleges. Founded on 26 December, 1979, the first committee established the polytechnic’s initial functions in October of 1980. The first two schools (of the polytechnic) began operating in, respectively, 1982 - the Escola Superior Agrária (ESA) (Agricultural School) – and, in 1985 - the Escola Superior de Educação (ESE) (Education School). These were later joined by the Escola Superior de Gestão (ESG) (Business School) and the Escola Superior de Tecnologia (EST) (Technology School). In 1999 the Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas (ESART) (School of Applied Arts) was created and, in 2001, the Escola Superior de Enfermagem (Nursing School) became Escola Superior de Saúde Dr. Lopes Dias (ESALD) (Health School).