University of Minho

Braga, Portugal

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Students who come to Universidade do Minho can count on high quality courses and teaching standards due to highly motivated staff, careful monitoring and the introduction of innovative teaching methods and curriculum development in line with the labour market demands.

Universidade do Minho encourages students to exploit their learning potential to the full so as to equip themselves to respond to the changing needs of the world. Students graduate with a broad understanding of their area of academic study and personal skills relevant to the labour market, such as computer and communication skills.


The University of Minho (UMinho), founded in 1973, is renowned for the quality of its teaching, the quality of its students, the public recognition given to its Alumni, and for its intervention and strong links with the local community and the surrounding region. Throughout the years the University has achieved a high reputation as an institution of learning and leadership, combining strategic vision with a capacity to innovate, and rigorous scientific, academic, administrative and financial management.

The University of Minho has continued to affirm the central importance of research within the scope of its activities. The successful internationalisation of UMinhos research is shown by the rapid evolution in the number of ISI publications by its researchers, in the increasing number of European projects, both coordinated and participated in by UMinhos researchers, in the doctoral and Masters programmes developed within the context of international partnerships (namely MIT-Portugal, CMU-Portugal and Harvard-Portugal) and the significant implantation of international knowledge networks in European, North American and Iberian American spaces.

Despite being a very young university, the results achieved by UMinho in internationally recognized rankings confirm the quality of its projects. The UMinho is amongst the best 400 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education Ranking 2014 and also one of the best universities ranked by CWTS Leiden Ranking . The Times Higher Education 100 under 50 University Ranking 2014 ranked UMinho on the 75th position worldwide. In the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014 related to the field of Maths, Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Engineering of the UMinho is ranked Best Portuguese School of Engineering, in the 155th world position (out of 634). The University has taken up the challenges of knowledge with the consolidation of its research activities, recognising this as a vital strategy for generating


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