Universidade do Minho
Located in northern Portugal, the University of Minho is one of the nation’s largest universities. Renowned for its strong relationship with the surrounding Minho region, a center of entrepreneurial activity, the University of Mihno’s national research initiatives are strategically planned with this socio-economic environment in mind. In addition to cultivating local relations, the university has ties to more than 200 foreign universities, having developed a comprehensive global policy to broaden international collaborations and strengthen these partnerships.
Some Campus History
The University of Minho was founded in 1973 as one of the then-named “new universities” that changed the landscape of higher education in Portugal. Achieving financial and administrative autonomy in 1983, the university has since developed its unique organizational model, a collaboration of groups and project management that provides students with the sophistication of an organized learning environment.
Since its inception, the University of Minho has played a key role in the development of the Minho region, contributing to the economic activity and the youth of the area’s population. The university has two campuses: one in Braga, the capital of the province of Minho, and the other in Guimarães. The Braga campus houses the Institutes of Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences; and Child Studies; the Schools of Sciences; Health Sciences; Nursing; and Law, as well as some Engineering areas. The campus of Azurém, Guimarães, is home to the School of Engineering, and the courses of Architecture, Fashion Design and Marketing, Geography and Planning, and Applied Mathematics.
University of Minho Today
Today, the University of Minho is recognized for the excellence of its research activity, its ability for leadership and innovation, and its degree of interaction with other institutions. Over 15,000 students are enrolled among the university’s 50 undergraduate degree programs, with over 1,000 students studying at postgraduate level and more than 100 students in doctorate programs. The academic staff includes over 1,000 lecturers, 800 of which hold doctorate degrees in their fields.
The University is organized into eleven schools: the Department of Architecture, the Institute of Arts and Human Sciences, the Institute of Child Studies, the Institute of Education and Psychology, the Institute of Social Sciences, the School of Economics and Management, the School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Nursing, the School of Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences.
The University of Minho Social Action Services gives students access to enriching sports and cultural activities, as well as providing on-campus work opportunities. Both campuses feature state of the art sports facilities where students can take part in activities such as rugby, capoeira, rowing, and karate. Founded by a university professor, the Chamber Orchestra of Minho is just one of many cultural attractions. In addition to university sponsored events, students can explore the Minho region, which is rich in culture, history, and economic innovation.
Partnership with Carnegie Mellon
The University of Minho is a member of the Map-i consortium, which offers a dual-degree Ph.D. in Computer Science with Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. In this joint Ph.D. program, students’ areas of research can cover a wide range of topics and development activities, from theoretical and fundamental aspects to the experimental and applied areas of Computer Science.