The University of Algarve (UAlg) is a public higher education institution located in the southern part of Portugal. It was established in 1979 and over the years the institution has acquired a sound international reputation. The University has witnessed significant growth in terms of its student population, modern facilities and the quality and diversity of programmes on offer.
The University’s student population is close to 10 000 and employs over 700 academics. It has three faculties and four schools, offering a range of quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a beautiful academic setting. It is an important centre for cultural, scientific and technological development, with strong regional, national and international ties, offering students the opportunity to explore various careers as they gain transferable skills.
The University’s core research and teaching areas are: science and technology, management and economy, earth and marine sciences, social sciences and more recently health.
International, inter-personal and inter-institutional networks, and projects developed in cooperation with other universities are reflected in its teaching and research activities so as to foster innovation and update of learning contents, project incubation, curriculum development, scientific research and training. International projects are fully integrated into the life of the institution. In 2010, the University had 829 permanent teaching and research staff that developed a significant number of research projects (214 R&D only) for which contributed the work produced by 191 fellowship grant holders, which demonstrates a clear commitment towards R&D and innovation. At present, the University has well-established research centers in several fields such as marine sciences, bio-medicine, electronics, chemistry, arts and communication and social sciences.