|English Name:||University of Minho|
|Address:||Largo do Paco|
Founded in 1973, the University of Minho (UMinho) is located in northern Portugal, with two campuses, one in Braga (Gualtar campus) and another in Guimarães (Azurém campus). The Statutes of UMinho establish that the mission of the University involves the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge, under the spirit of freedom of thought and plural critical judgments, through the promotion of higher education and contributing to the construction of a society paradigm based on humanistic principles, and having knowledge, creativity and innovation as cornerstones for growth, sustainable development, welfare and solidarity. The mission shall be fulfilled within an international reference framework, based primarily on research and on its close articulation with teaching, by accomplishing the following goals:
a) Human development at the highest level covering ethical, cultural, scientific, artistic, technical and professional aspects through a diversified educational provision, the creation of a proper learning environment, and the valorisation of the activity developed by all of its members;
b) Research development, fostering a permanent quest for excellence, encouraging creativity as a source of innovative solutions as well as a search for answers to the major challenges faced by society;
c) Transfer, exchange and valorisation of the scientific and technological knowledge, based upon reciprocal valorisation and promotion of entrepreneurship;
d) Promotion of activities that provide access to cultural assets so that they can be enjoyed by every person and group, both internal and external to the University;
e) Cultural, scientific and technical exchange, with both national and international institutions and organisms;
f) Interaction with society through the contribution to the public understanding of culture and the establishment of partnerships for social and economic development at national and international levels;
g) Contribution to the social and economic development of the region and to the preservation and dissemination of its natural and cultural heritage;
h) Promotion of the University sustainability and competitiveness in a global context.
In the pursuit of its mission and objectives, UMinho comes forth as a University of Projects (of research, teaching, and interaction with society), structured upon a matrix-based model which promotes interaction among its units (organic, cultural, services and specialised) and which favours multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. The basic structures are the Teaching and Research Units (Schools and Institutes): Sciences, Engineering, Education, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics and Management, Law, Health Sciences, Nursing, Architecture, and Psychology. They are eleven in number and are organised into subunits, including 32 Research Centres (80% of which have been classified as Very Good or Excellent, or are integrated in associated laboratories). A wide variety of cultural events are organised by UMinho, namely by its six Cultural Units, thus ensuring a fruitful interaction with society. UMinho further created a set of interfaces that provide support to knowledge transfer, in addition to having several participating interests in a number of structures that generate important entrepreneurial dynamics.
UMinho is a research university, committed to the valorisation of knowledge and also focused on the socio-economic environment, with many successful partnerships. Internationalisation is a strong commitment and international activities are quite intense. UMinho offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, leading to degrees at all levels of higher education, but also specialised training courses and advanced study courses.
Quality has always been the hallmark of UMinho. The institutional policy for quality encompasses a formal internal quality assurance system, which covers the different dimensions of the institutional mission and systematically ensures the quality of its activities.
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