University of Algarve
Universidade do Algarve
|Motto||Estudar Onde É Bom Viver (Study where you would like to live)|
The University of Algarve (UAlg), founded in 1979, is a Portuguese public higher education institution located in the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, the Algarve, having its headquarters and two out of its three campuses in Faro (namely the Gambelas and Penha campuses) and another campus in Portimão.
Founded on 16 January 1979 when its foundation was voted in the Portuguese Parliament, the University of Algarve results from the union of two preexisting institutions, the University of Algarve (created by Law number 11/79 from 28 March 1979) and the Polytechnic Institute of Faro (created by Law 513-T/79 from 26 December 1979), which makes it somewhat different from most universities given that faculties and schools of both systems, co-exist, and it was also the only Portuguese university created by law. In 1982, the first rector of the university, Gomes Guerreiro (1982-1986) was appointed, followed by Lloyd Braga (1986-1990), Montalvão Marques (1990-1993), Alte da Veiga (1993-1997), Adriano Pimpão (1998-2006), João Guerreiro (2006-2013), António Branco, rector since 2013, followed by Paulo Águas. 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 approval by the Ministry of Education. In 2001, the first University Statute amendment was published in the Portuguese government official gazette. Since its foundation to the 2010s, the university witnessed a significant growth in terms of student population, modern facilities and the quality and diversity of programs on offer. The medical school of the state funded University of Algarve opened its doors to its first 32 new students in September 2009.
Mission, vision and purpose
The university student population is close to 9,000 and operates 40 graduate and 68 postgraduate programs (52 MSc and 16 PhD), counting with 700 permanent teaching and research staff that developed a significant number of research projects, enhanced also by both the research work produced by more than 120 fellowship grant holders focused on R&D&I and the university business incubator which is a source for entrepreneurial business assistance and seed funding for the development of startup companies. UAlg receives international students from more than 70 countries totaling over 18% of its student population. The quality and diversity of European masters and doctorates, combined with graduate and post-graduate courses open to students from all over the world justify the magnitude of this mobility. It is an important center 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 scientific groundwork of the University of Algarve is developed around four main areas (sea, health, food and well-being, arts and heritage and tourism) that aggregate all research work aiming that innovative ideas can be turned into products and services contributing to the economy of Portugal and the region. Among its faculty and alumni activities, the University of Algarve has well-established research centers in several fields such as marine sciences, biomedicine, electronics, chemistry, arts and communication and social sciences. The University of Algarve has consolidated the link established with the regional business and with the public and private organizations, encouraging the transfer of knowledge and contributing to sustainable development with an impact across the community.
Cultural and sports activities
The Student Union of the University of Algarve (Associação Académica da Universidade do Algarve, AAUALG) is a representative body of the students, founded on 1 October 1997. Before then there were six smaller student associations at the university. Sports activities are under the auspices of the student union in collaboration with the university and the Student Support and Welfare Services. UAlg students run a university radio station as well as a theatrical troupe. The Students Union Sports Department promotes sports activities from salsa to hip-hop, from tai chi and yoga to bujinkan, from basketball to football. The Sports Department of the Student Union 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, futsal and football.
The Student Union also organises:
- the Semana Académica (Student Academic Week) in May;
- the Sports Festival in September, in the streets of downtown Faro, with exhibitions and workshops on 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.
- Exposição “Universidade do Algarve – 40 anos a criar futuro” https://www.ualg.pt/exposicao-universidade-do-algarve-40-anos-criar-futuro-0
- The Algarve Medical School – a 21st century Project, The Portugal News https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/the-algarve-medical-school-a-21st-century-project/38965
- RUA - Rádio Universitária do Algarve https://www.rua.pt/
- Grupo de Teatro da Universidade do Algarve https://www.ualg.pt/sin-cera-0