University of Madeira

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University of Madeira
Type Public
Established September 1988
Vice-president José Manuel Rocha Teixeira Baptista, Ricardo João Nunes dos Santos Cabral, José Sílvio Moreira Fernandes
Rector José Manuel Cunha Leal Molarinho Carmo
Location Funchal, Portugal
Sports Squash, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Kart, Futsal, Table tennis, Beach Volleyball
Nickname UMa
Website http://www.uma.pt/
Universidade da Madeira

The University of Madeira (UMaPortuguese: Universidade da Madeira, pronounced: [univɨɾsiˈdad(ɨ) dɐ mɐˈdɐjɾɐ], 32°39′32″N 16°55′28″W / 32.65889°N 16.92444°W / 32.65889; -16.92444Coordinates: 32°39′32″N 16°55′28″W / 32.65889°N 16.92444°W / 32.65889; -16.92444) is a Portuguese public university, created in 1988 in Funchal. The university offers first and second cycle academic degrees in a wide range of fields, in accordance with the Bologna process. It is now under the CMU/Portugal agreement[1] with Carnegie Mellon University, having master programme in Computer Engineering, Human Computer Interaction and Entertainment Technology. Students admitted will be eligible for scholarships and have internship opportunity during the summer break. In addition, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, founded in January 2010, is devoted to building international partnership with other educational institutes and industry.[2]

History[edit]

The university’s campus dates back to a 16th century Jesuit college. Its first higher education institution, a medical school, was founded in Funchal in the 18th century. In 1978, the University of Lisbon established a satellite campus in Madeira, and from 1983-1986, today’s campus began taking shape, offering courses in the areas of science and technology, arts, humanities, and social sciences. In 1985, the campus integrated a polytechnic school of nursing (Escola Superior de Enfermagem); in 1989, a polytechnic school of education (Escola Superior de Educação da Madeira). In 1996, the Portuguese government and the University of Lisbon formally established the University of Madeira as an independent institution. In 2008, the university celebrates its 20-year anniversary.

University of Madeira Today[edit]

Today, undergraduate and graduate students choose from a wide range of programs across several departments, including Art and Design, Biology, Medicine, Physical Education & Sports, English, German Studies, Romanic Studies, Physics, Management and Economics, Mathematics and Engineering, Psychology and Humanistic Studies, Chemistry, and a Nursing School. Specific programs include Art and Multimedia, Communication Culture and Organizations, and the Educational Sciences.

Student Life[edit]

The Academic Association of UMa (AAUMA) provides an array of extracurricular activities for university students throughout the year. Past AAUMA sponsored events have included film screenings, Sports Gala, boating trips, and volunteer opportunities. In addition, representatives from each student association serve on the Advisory Council, affording students an active role in the growth of the university and its relationship with the surrounding community.

Students who wish to explore Funchal will find a modern city of about 100,000 inhabitants. Its harbor and climate, combined with an attractive geographical position, have allowed Funchal to have a rapid population growth. The island is noted for its wine production, along with its exotic flowers, tropical fruits, and New Year’s Eve celebrations with a spectacular fireworks show, considered the biggest in the world.

Partnership with Carnegie Mellon[edit]

In 2007, Madeira's Mathematics and Engineering Department, along with Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) established a dual-degree Master's in Human-Computer Interaction program. In the program, students study Computer Science, Design, Psychology, and Social and Decision Sciences. Students enrolled in the partnership program study in Madeira and at Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus, earning masters degrees from both universities.[3]

Faculties[edit]

University of Madeira consists of the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Exact Sciences and Engineering
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • School of Health Sciences
  • Superior Technology and Management School

Specialized Units and Research Projects[edit]

In addition to the above mentioned faculties, UMa consists of several research and specialization units.

Courses[edit]

UNDERGRADUATE / 1st BOLOGNA CYCLE

  • Art and Multimedia
  • Biology
  • Biology (post-labor regime)
  • Biochemistry
  • Culture Sciences
  • Culture Sciences (post-labor regime)
  • Educational Sciences Minor Edu Sen
  • Educational Sciences Minor Edu Corporation.
  • Communication and Culture Organizations
  • Design
  • Design of Interactive Media
  • Economy
  • Basic education
  • Physical Education and Sport
  • Nursing
  • Civil Eng Eng + Electr Telec + Computer Engineering + Design of Interactive Media
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Languages and Business Relations
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Social service

MASTERS / 2nd BOLOGNA CYCLE

  • Physical Activity and Sport
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Applied Biochemistry
  • Educational Sciences - Educational Administration
  • Educational Sciences - Senior Education
  • Educational Sciences - Educational Innovation
  • Educational Sciences - Supervision
  • Business Administration
  • Economy
  • Ecotourism
  • Preschool Education and Teaching of the 1st cycle of Basic Education
  • Civil Engineering
  • Telecommunications Engineering and Energy Networks
  • Computer Engineering
  • Mathematics Teaching in the 3rd Cycle of Basic Education and Secondary
  • Visual Arts Teaching in the 3rd Cycle of Basic Education and Secondary Education
  • Teaching Biology and Geology in the 3rd Cycle Ens. Basic and Ens. Secondary
  • Physical Education Teaching in Primary and Secondary Education
  • Language and Cultural Studies
  • Regional and Local Studies
  • Gerontology
  • Cultural Management
  • Mathematics
  • Nanochemistry and nanomaterials
  • Educational psychology

POSTGRADUATE

  • Post-graduate specialization Mental Health Nursing and Psychiatry
  • Graduate (Bologna) Art and Design in Public Space
  • Graduate (Bologna) Aspects of Human Technology

DOCTORAL / 3rd BOLOGNA CYCLE

  • Biological Sciences
  • Educational Sciences, Curriculum Area
  • Educational Sciences, Pedagogical Innovation Area
  • Sport Sciences
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Physical
  • Letters
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry

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