University of the Azores

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University of the Azores
Universidade dos Açores
Former names
Instituto Universitário dos Açores
Established January 9, 1976
Type Public
President Dr. Madruga da Costa
Rector Dr. Avelino de Freitas de Meneses
  • Jorge Rosa de Medeiros
  • José Luís Vasconcelos Brandão da Luz
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 4,218
Location Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
37°44′45″N 25°39′49″W / 37.74583°N 25.66361°W / 37.74583; -25.66361Coordinates: 37°44′45″N 25°39′49″W / 37.74583°N 25.66361°W / 37.74583; -25.66361
Campus Multiple campuses:
Angra do Heroísmo
Ponta Delgada
Colors Blue & silver         
Mascot Açor (goshawk)

The University of the Azores (Portuguese: Universidade dos Açores), or commonly abbreviated as UAç, is the only public university in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, It was founded on January 9, 1976, two years after the Carnation Revolution that ended several decades of dictatorship in Portugal, but before the Portuguese Third Republic was institutionalized, along with the Region's Autonomy. The University is a public institution dependent on the Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior (English: Ministry of Science, Technology & Education), and was established in order to advance sustainable development and higher education in the Azores.


The University Library on the Ponta Delgada Campus

The establishment of the University of the Azores developed from a period of autonomous politics related to separatist movements that developed in the second-half of 1975. Although not completely responsible, the events following the Carnation Revolution prepared the conditions for the creation of the university. Due to academic disorder on the continent, which forced the closing of the many of the universities, several of the wealthier families sent their children to the United States or Canada in order for them to complete their studies. It was during this post-revolutionary period that the idea of creating a local institution of higher education was debated. A small group of academics and elites explored alternatives in order to lower costs, distances and reduce the centralization of the national government. It was at this time that the central government suggested the creation of a Centro Universitário (English: University Centre), one that the President of the Regional Junta, General Altino de Magalhães, refused to consider since he felt that the community would only accept the establishment of a formal University.

By Ministry Order (No.414/75), on 14 October 1976, the formation of a working group was established. By January 9, 1976, the Instituto Universitário dos Açores (English: University Institution of the Azores) Decree (No.5/76) was promulgated in an atmosphere of regionalization of higher education, which allowed for the establishment of units responsible for teaching, investigation, cultural development and community services. The intent of the Act was to respond to the democratization process developing in the country, and develop a regional equilibrium, after the 1974 revolution. On July 25, 1980, the with the promulgation of the Decree-Law No.252/80 the community began to refer to the new institution as the University of the Azores.


In order to effectively provide educational services to regional population, the University established three campuses, in Ponta Delgada (São Miguel), Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira) and Horta (Faial) and organized into departments and schools to, essentially, provide instruction and investigation services. In addition to the Main Campus (Ponta Delgada), which provides a concentration of various disciplines, the other two campuses provided specialized training in agrarian sciences and oceangraphy;

Since its foundation, the University has had four rectors. Currently, its rector is Dr. Avelino de Freitas de Meneses, a professor of insular history of the Atlantic.


  • Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Angra do Heroísmo, (English: Nursing School of Angra do Heroísmo), in Angra do Heroísmo
  • Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Ponta Delgada, (English: Nursing School of Ponta Delgada), in Ponta Delgada


  • Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas
    Central obelisk on the Main Campus in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
    , (English: Department of Oceanography and Fisheries) - the only unit located on the island, it was created in 1976, in order to foster "scientific understanding, the conservation of marine life and the sustainable use of the Atlantic Ocean in the region of the Azores", in conjunction with initiatives by the Azorean Department of Fisheries (DOP). Since 1991, DOP/UAç has been a founding member of IMAR (Institute do Mar) and in 1996 joined the network of European Association of Research Stations, EurOcean, the European Network of Excellence on Marine Biodiversity (MarBEF) and European Seas Observatory Network (ESONET). Further, DOP/UAç are participants in Steering Committees for three great initiatives by Census of Marine Life program: ChEss (Biogeography of Chemosynthetic Ecosystems), MAR-ECO[1] (Patterns and Processes of the Ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge) and CenSeam (A Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts). There is also participation on international initiatives as part of the OTN (Ocean Tracking Network).
São Miguel
  • Departamento de Biologia, (English: Department of Biology) - located in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
  • Departamento de Ciências da Educação, (English: Department of Educational Sciences), in Ponta Delgada
  • Departamento de Ciências Tecnológicas e Desenvolvimento, (English: Department of Technological Sciences and Development), in Ponta Delgada
  • Departamento de Economia e Gestão, (English: Department of Economics and Management), in Ponta Delgada
  • Departamento de Geociências, (English: Department of Geosciences), in Ponta Delgada
  • Departamento de História, Filosofia e Ciências Sociais, (English: Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences), in Ponta Delgada
  • Departamento de Línguas e Literaturas Modernas, (English: Department of Languages and Modern Literature), in Ponta Delgada
  • Departamento de Matemática,(English: Department of Mathematics), in Ponta Delgada

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  1. ^ As part of the MAR-ECO project investigators from DOP and representatives from Northern European countries have worked together to elaborate the project to the southern Atlantic hemisphere
  2. ^ "Historian Fátima Sequeira Dias died age 54 – Azores". Portuguese American Journal. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2013-01-13.