The UA is one of Portugal’s 14 public universities. It was founded in 1973 and has grown into a dynamic and competitive institution. Integrated in the community, it has a strong research dimension and offers polytechnic and university undergraduate programmes, 2nd cycle masters programmes, doctoral programmes and post-secondary vocational programmes. Committed from the start to innovation and quality in the three pillars of Education, Research and Cooperation with society, the UA has built a profile based on sciences and technology. Its initial study programmes were launched in Electronics, Ceramics and Teacher Education. Subsequent programmes in Environmental Engineering, New Technologies of Communication, Industrial Management and Engineering, Regional and Urban Studies, Music, and Design were all new areas at national level. Today, Electronics&Telecommunications, Materials&Nano-sciences, Environment and Marine Studies and Teacher Education are recognised as four areas of excellence.
The mission of the University of Aveiro (UA) is to create knowledge and expand access to knowledge through research, education and cooperation for the benefit of people and society; to undertake the project of global development of the individual; to be active in the construction of a European research and education community; and to promote a model of regional development based on innovation and scientific and technological knowledge.