Exploring new areas of knowledge
At just 42 years of age, Universidade de Aveiro (UA) is a youthful institution with a reputation for its unconventional attitude and its innovative spirit. UA is based in the Portuguese city of Aveiro—around 60 km south of Oporto—and has enthusiastically sought out new capacities for learning since it was founded in 1973. The resulting success is evident: it was placed in the 69th position the 2015 Times Higher Education Ranking – universities under 50.
Currently catering for around 15,000 undergraduates and postgraduates, UA specialises in research-led courses. Ten of these are taught in English, and many are interdisciplinary and delivered by a combination of departments, research units, polytechnics and the university’s vocational education network. Having also introduced the first Environmental Engineering degree in Portugal, as well as new courses in biomedicine and bioinformatics, UA is widely considered as something of a pioneer.
“We have always focused on new areas of knowledge,” says Manuel Assunção, Rector of the university. “In fact, we always look towards the future, identifying emerging needs and the connections between different areas of study.”
This progressive mindset is underpinned by cutting-edge research. Since the university places great emphasis on innovation, companies such as Siemens, Nokia and Portugal Telecom also have research and development labs on campus.
UA also supports budding entrepreneurs through its business incubator, which offers businesses access to researchers. While many universities have similar centres these days, UA established it more than a decade ago, and its new Creative Science Park is helping to build additional links between industry and academia.
What to study?
The University of Aveiro offers a wide array of degree and non-awarding degree courses, ranging from post-secondary to doctorate level, taught at its departments and polytechnic schools, in various areas of knowledge, which reflect its innovative and multidisciplinary nature.
- licenciaturas and integrated masters
- master courses and doctoral programs
- exchange packages
- non-awarding degree courses
- learn Portuguese
The UA strongly supports student mobility and involvement in the networks and programs that support it, namely ERASMUS + and Campus Europae, and keeps an intense network of mobility protocols and cooperation with several universities, enterprises and institutions, not only in Europe, but around the whole world.