University of Aveiro

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University of Aveiro
Universidade de Aveiro
Latin: Universitas Alavariensis
Motto Theoria, Poiesis, Praxis
Established 1973
Type Public University
Rector Manuel Assunção
Administrative staff
Students 12,584 (2008)[1]
Location Aveiro, Portugal
Campus Urban, 92 hectares (227.3 acres)
Colours White and green
Affiliations Campus Europae, EUA, ECIU, ESDP-Network, UNIMED

The University of Aveiro (Universidade de Aveiro) is a Portuguese public university, headquartered in Aveiro since its 1973 creation. It also provides polytechnic education.

Administratively, the teaching and research activities are distributed by Departments and Autonomous Sections, both with specialized faculties.

The University has more than 12,500 students distributed across 58 graduate courses, over 40 MSc courses and 25 PhD programs.

Its main campus is near the centre of Aveiro, including a nearby Administration and Accounting Institute. The university also has external regional campuses in Águeda, Higher Education Technological and Management School of Águeda, and Oliveira de Azeméis Higher Education School of North Aveiro.

It is an R&D university, having a research units developing programmes in fundamental and applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, telecommunications, robotics, bioinformatics, sea sciences, materials, design, business administration and industrial engineering.

Aveiro University, central area of the campus with colonnades and department buildings.
Geosciences department of Aveiro University.


Rectory building

In 2012-13 it was ranking 351-400 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings [2]

It serves as a pole for the inter-university Doctoral program, along with the universities of Porto and Minho.

Its integrated Masters in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering was the first Portuguese IT oriented European Accredited Engineering Masters (EUR-ACE) by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education.[3]


The university hosts on its premises four associated laboratories.

In 1994, an Internet search engine, SAPO, was created in this university.

Since 1998, the University has been developing an ecological motor vehicle, Ícaro, aiming to run the largest distance with the smallest amount of consumed fuel, having participated in the international competition Shell Eco Marathon.

Since 2009, it has hosted a SexLab aimed at studying sexual health.


The University hosts 3810-UA, a weekly national public television program.

In mid-spring, a one-week break from formal studies is allowed, wherein anyone may participate in academic activities, concerts or Enterro do Ano, a local academic parade.

The University is a regular participant or organizer of robotics inter-university or inter-school competitions, i.e.: Micro-Rato (hardware robotics) and Cyber-Rato (behavioral software). In 2008, one of its teams won the Robocup world competition, in China.

The University occasionally organizes mathematics competitions, mostly aimed at pre-university level students.

University Campus Santiago[edit]

The university architecture is modern, with more than 25 buildings.

As an organization, the university is composed of departments (one of them built by Eduardo Souto de Moura), autonomous sections, research units, administrative and service facilities, a library (built by Álvaro Siza), a mediateque, a field track, a multisports building with gym, a residential complex, green spaces, ecological spots and parking lots. The rectory (built by Gonçalo Byrne) is located in a white building near the campus centre.[4]

The campus also has an entire Administration and Accounting Institute, which has its own service facilities and parking lots.

List of studies[edit]

Research Web page[edit]

Research Units[edit]

Associated Laboratories

Minor Research Units

  • Centro de Biologia Celular - CBC
  • Centro de Estudos em Optimização e Controlo - CEOC
  • Centro de Investigação em Didática e Tecnologia na Formação de Formadores - CiDTFF
  • Centro de Investigação em Educação e Ciências do Comportamento-CIECC
  • Centro de Línguas e Culturas - CLC
  • Geobiociências, Geotecnologias e Geo-engenharias - GEOBIOTEC
  • Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA)
  • Matemática e Applicações - MA
  • Pólo de Aveiro do Instituto de Etnomusicologia - Centro de Estudos de Música e Dança - INET-MD
  • Pólo de Aveiro do Centro de Estudo das Tecnologias e Ciências da Comunicação-CETAC.MEDIA
  • Química Orgânica de Produtos Naturais e Agroalimentares - QOPNA
  • Tecnologia Mecânica e Automação - TEMA
  • Unidade de Investigação em Governança, Competitividade e Políticas Públicas-GOVCOPP
  • Pólo de Aveiro do ID+ Instituto de Investigação em Design, Media e Cultura

Student groups[edit]

Faculty and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ (ENAEE)
  4. ^ C. Gänshirt: Revision des Generalplans - Neubau der Universität Aveiro, [Revising the Masterplan. Construction of the Aveiro University], Portugal, in: Bauwelt No. 28/29, 1994, pp. 1568-1587

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