University of Algarve

Faro, Portugal
The University of 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.

About

History

Founded on the 16th January 1979, the University of Algarve results from the union of two preexisting institutions, the University of 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.

Education

In these last three decades, the University of 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.

Research

Research Centres CBME

– Centre for Molecular and Structural Biomedicine CCMAR – Centre of Marine Sciences CEOT – Centre of Electronics, Optoelectronics and Telecommunications CIAC – Research Centre in Arts and Communication CIEO – Research Centre for Spatial and Organisational Dynamics CIMA – Centre for Marine and Environmental Research CIQA – Chemistry Research Centre of Algarve

Career

It 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.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (3)
Business & Management (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)

Services

Student services

The Student Union 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.

Library services

The University Library is composed of different services, with library on each campus. The Library receives, organizes and provides access to bibliographic and documentary resources in several formats, in order to respond to educational, scientific and research activities of the University and the community.

Student Life

Campus life

The University has four campuses:

  • The Penha Campus
  • The Gambelas Campus
  • The Saúde Campus
  • The Portimão Campus

The Saúde Campus is situated at the entrance of city of Faro. New facilities were built for the Faro School of Nursing, incorporated into the University of Algarve in June 2003, now called the Faro School of Health (Escola Superior de Saúde - ESS) in order to adopt the new health science degree courses.

The Portimão Campus, located in the city of Portimão, is situated near the train station square. Portimão is the second largest city in Algarve and the campus developed out of the need for decentralisation.

Sports facilities

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.

Student clubs

The Student Union of the University of 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.