University of Minho

Braga, Portugal

No. Students: 1,600
Funding type: Public
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Type of education:

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Since its creation in 1973, the University has been at the centre of an innovative project functioning at different levels: pedagogical, research, organizational and social intervention. This Comprehensive University has, today, around 16,000 students in diverse study programmes, together with a very competent teaching and research staff, 1,000 with PhDs, as well as a quality technical and administrative structure.

The prestigious educational courses and the quality of the research centres are internationally recognized. Interaction with diverse social agents, namely in the economic/production and cultural areas, is a distinctive mark for which this academy is proud.

The University campi, together with its other main physical infrastructures, are situated in Braga and Guimarães. These cities, anchored by a very rich historic inheritance involving the peninsular people and the founding of the Portuguese nation, knew how to defy the challenges posed by modernity and knowledge. Braga and Guimarães are, therefore, reference points for the Minho identity that the University proudly embraces and from which it presents itself to the world as a place of multiculturalism and multilinguism.

The great project of knowledge that constitutes the University of Minho is daily built on this foundation. This is a perpetually unfinished venture which all the academy is invited to join, including former students and all those who regard themselves as agents of knowledge and of a development model based on ethics and creativity.


"The Universitys mission shall be the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge, under the spirit of freedom of thought and plural critical judgements, through the promotion of higher education and the construction of a society paradigm based on humanistic principles, and having knowledge, creativity and innovation as cornerstones for growth, sustainable development, welfare and solidarity".


The University seeks to promote the employability of its students, bringing employers and young undergraduates closer together. UMinho created a website with the sole purpose of serving as a communication channel and strengthening the bonds between the University and its alumni. It includes an Employment Pool and provides access to a range of services of the Institution.


The University of Minho has several libraries at the service of the academic community. The main university libraries are managed by the Documentation Services: Biblioteca Geral (General Library) on the campus of Gualtar, Biblioteca da U.M. (Library of the University of Minho) in Guimarães, on the campus of Azurém and Biblioteca do Edifício dos Congregados (Library of the Congregados Building).

These librariesmaintain an important documental fund, covering all areas of knowledge, they offer over 700 seats for reading and studying and provide variousservices to userssuch as home loans, document request from external sources, reproduction of documents by means of self-service printing, photocopying and scanning, reference service and user training.

In addition to the libraries managed by the Documentation Services, there are other specialised libraries integrated in various units.

Through the bibliographic catalogue it is possible to search the entire documental fund pertaining to all of the University's libraries and the Digital Library area provides access to bibliographic resources in digital format.

Student life

The living conditions at the University of Minho are considered - by students, professors and guests alike - to be very good, owing to various factors, which are not always of a material nature. There is great concern with the reception and integration of all new students, as the older ones show wide-ranging awareness regarding these questions, while undertaking the organisation of a series of initiatives, such as tours, welcoming sessions and others, which facilitate the beginning of university life.

The professor-student relationship is close and open and thus contributes in a significant way to better learning. There are many other activities that stand out, namely, cultural, associative and sports activities developed by student associations, tunas (choral groups), theatre groups, groups of popular music, poetry and fado, among many others. The Academic Association of the UMinho is in charge of the organisation of big academic events, such as the Freshman Welcome Week and the Enterro da Gata academic week, also known as the "The Burial of the Cat."

Students are also provided with medical and psychological support, as well as with the opportunity to access 40 different sports activities, such as aerobics, body building, athletics, basketball, horse riding, football, judo, climbing, swimming, water polo, rugby, tennis, go-kart racing, etc.

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