Founded in 1911, the University of Porto (U.Porto) is the largest university in Portugal. U. Porto is a wide-ranging institution, with many faculties and schools providing diverse domains of knowledge in constant interaction, and offering opportunities for training at all stages of life. Its mission being the integral education of citizens, it offers numerous extra-curricular activities in such diverse areas as sport, the arts, entrepreneurship and voluntary service.
U. Porto is the preferred choice of those applying to enter higher education establishments in Portugal, which means that every year the number of applicants is much larger than the available places. This is due to the recognition of the quality of training that it offers, which translates into indices of employability above the national average.
U.Porto has a growing presence in the global networks of academic and scientific excellence, which promotes the transfer of its research results worldwide. Affirming its position as a research university, it contributes significantly to the scientific production of the country. U.Porto is also aware of the crucial role that it plays in the socioeconomic development of its region and of the country through interaction with society in general and the productive fabric in particular. In that sense, it puts its faith more and more in raising the value of its research activities by means of the transfer of knowledge and technologies to industry and the creation of partnerships with businesses, partnerships which have already resulted in innovations with proved success in both national and international markets.
U. Porto participates in various European education programmes that have contributed to its growing attractiveness in the eyes of the international public. The number of foreign degree students in mobility programmes has increased significantly, and with them the number of mobility accords celebrated with the most highly-regarded higher education institutions.
The recognition of U. Porto as an institution of excellence is reflected in the place that it occupies in the international rankings, where it is positioned among the 100 best in Europe. U. Porto thus emerges as a great university in the Portuguese-speaking and Iberian-American worlds, keeping privileged ties of cooperation with countries with which it shares linguistic or historical kinship, which reinforces its leading international role.