The University of Aveiro (UA) is a young university, founded in 1973, with over 15000 full-time students (graduate and postgraduate). The University has a strong research profile, a unique model of governance (16 Departments, 4 Polytechnic Schools and various training centres), acting as a regional network for education and training while promoting strong links with the surrounding community, and is a pioneer in launching degrees in new subject areas. The BMD (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate) structure is fully implemented and learning outcomes are introduced. Recognition of prior learning is also implemented, for those who do not have the formal entrance requirements.
The University has been a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities, the ECIU, since 1998 as well as several other international university networks of excellence and, since 2019, a member of the ECIU University under the EU Universities initiative. UA also runs several joint doctoral programmes with other Portuguese Universities and is one of the Portuguese institutions participating in the programme of collaboration between Portugal and Carnegie Mellon University for the development of postgraduate programmes and research in the field of ICT.
At the same time, the development of a Creative Science Park off campus is an example of the way in which the University has encouraged both innovation and commercialization linked to research. It has also provided resources for its research policy through funding and the provision of high-quality researchers and researcher mobility.
UA has participated in the Erasmus Programme since 1987, having coordinated projects of most actions while participating in Erasmus Mundus joint master courses in several fields. During the Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020, UA participated in 98 projects (23 as the coordinating institution). The UA belongs to prestigious international and global cooperation networks and is an active member of international forums. It was ranked among the 200 world universities complying with UN Sustainable Development Goals (THE Impact Ranking, 2021).