Founded in 1911, the University of Porto (U.Porto) is a benchmark institution for Higher Education and Scientific Research in Portugal and one of the top 200 European Universities according to the most relevant international ranking systems.
The U.Porto combines high quality education focused on individual vocations and talents as well as market needs with the claim to being the greatest birthplace of science in Portugal. It is committed to converting into social assets the talent and innovation from its 14 faculties, one business school and over 50 research centres. The U.Porto has the richest academic community in Portugal and brings together the country's highest ranked students, a highly qualified scientific and teaching staff and a growing number of international students, teachers and researchers. Its fully equipped campus embedded within the city guarantees an optimal academic, scientific, and also social and cultural experience.
The University of Porto is strongly committed to create mobility opportunities for students, teachers and researchers and to devise collaborative teaching and research platforms, the U.Porto's strategy is based on the promotion of dialogue with universities around the world. Many of these activities are encompassed in university networks to which the U.Porto belongs. This privileged place is further enhanced by the hundreds of bilateral cooperation agreements signed with universities from all five continents, especially from Europe, South America, Asia and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
Additionally, the U.Porto participates, and in some cases leads, dozens of projects pursued under international programmes and consortia intended to support mobility in higher education and the launch of cooperation initiatives in education, research and technological development programmes. In this context, we hold the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), which establishes the general framework for European higher education institutions carry out international and European cooperation activities within the Erasmus+ programme.
For all these reasons, the U.Porto is recognised as a strategic partner in the context of international cooperation, a fact which also contributes to the growing number of training programmes we teach in conjunction with partner universities. Cooperation between U.Porto and other universities is equally reflected in the agreements signed with European and Latin American institutions to award joint/double degrees and provide joint supervision of doctoral programmes.
U.Porto actively participates in the Erasmus Without Paper (EWP) project, where it is developing the platform that allows universities to exchange information about and for mobilityies in Erasmus+ to minimize the need for paper documents. This will allow administrative processes to be much faster and more efficient for both students and universities staff.