University of the Algarve
|University of the Algarve|
|Universidade do Algarve|
|Rector||Prof. Doutor João Guerreiro|
The University of the Algarve (Universidade do Algarve or UAlg for short) is a Portuguese public university with administrative and financial autonomy. Its two campuses and the central administration are located in Faro, the capital city of the Algarve region.
The University of the Algarve is a young state university, located in the southern part of Portugal, one of the most touristic regions of Portugal.The University has witnessed a significant growth in terms of student population, modern facilities and the quality and diversity of programmes on offer.
Founded on the 16th January 1979, the University of the Algarve results from the union of two preexisting institutions, the University of the Algarve and the Polytechnic Institute of Faro, which makes it somewhat unique from most universities given that Faculties and Schools of both systems, co-exist.
In 1982, the first rector of the University, Prof. Gomes Guerreiro (1982-1986) was appointed, following by Prof. Lloyd Braga (1986-1990), Prof. Montalvão Marques (1990-1993), Prof. Alte da Veiga (1993-1997), Prof. Adriano Pimpão (1998-2006), and Prof. João Guerreiro, the current rector since 2006.
Following the approval of the Universities Autonomy Law, the Assembly of the University of the Algarve, comprising the representatives of academic and administrative staff and students of all the Faculties and Schools, approved the Statutes in 1991, which received subsequent approval by the Ministry of Education. In 2001, the first University Statute amendment was published in the Portuguese government’s official gazette.
The University student population is today 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 beautiful academic settings.
Recently, there has been a significant increase of foreign students from more than 60 countries due to the internationalization strategy of the University of the Algarve. The quality and diversity of European Masters and Doctorates, combined with post-graduate courses open to students from all over the world justify the magnitude of this mobility.
AnIt 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.
In these last three decades, the University of the Algarve has consolidated the link established with the regional business and with the public and private organisations, encouraging the transfer of knowledge and contributing to sustainable development with an impact across the community.
Faculties (Gambelas Campus)
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Sciences and Technology
- Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
- Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine
Schools (Penha and Saúde Campuses)
- School of Education and Communication
- School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism
- Institute of Engineering
- School of Health
Cultural and Sports Activities
The Student Union of the University of the Algarve (Associação Académica da Universidade do Algarve, AAUALG) is a representative body of all the students belonging to the institution, founded on 1st October 1997.
The importance of sports and the physical balance and psychological well being of university students is a concern of the Student Union. For this reason, sports activities are under the auspices of the Student Union in close collaboration with the University and the Student Support and Welfare Services.
The Students Union Sports Department, promotes all kinds of sport activities with very low prices for students. You can choose from Salsa to Hip-hop, from Tai Chi and Yoga to Bujinkan, from Basketball to Football.
The Sports Department of the Student Union also organises water sports activities such as canoeing, windsurfing and sailing are free of charge at the Nautical Sports Centre at Faro Island (Centro Náutico da Ilha de Faro).
Competitive sports include handball, women’s futsal, women and men’s volleyball and men’s rugby. Federated teams (district championships) are active in men and women’s basketball, men’s futsal and men’s football 11.
The Student Union also organises several important and well-known events, such us:
- The Semana Académica (Student Academic Week) in May with a broad programme; - The Sports Festival in September, in the streets of downtown Faro, with exhibitions and workshops on a variety of sports activities; - The Snow Campus, a winter event for skiing and snowboarding; - The Sports Exchange Programme, with national and international teams; - The Academic University Sports Federation tournaments, such as the Open Tennis, Volleyball and Beach Rugby tournaments; the Non-Federated National University Championships; - The University Student Union Mini-Half-Marathon.