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Aveiro University
Universidade de Aveiro
Motto Theoria, Poiesis, Praxis
Established 1973
Type Public University
Rector Maria Helena Nazaré
Staff 927
Students 12,584 (2008)[1]
Location Aveiro, Portugal
Campus Urban
Colours White and green
Affiliations EUA, ECIU, ESDP-Network
Website www.ua.pt

Aveiro University is a nationally and internationally prestigiously regarded Portuguese new generation public university, with its headquarters located in Aveiro since its 1973 creation. It also provides polytechnic education in three distinct additional poles.

Administratively, the teaching and research activities are distributed by Departments and Autonomous Sections, both with specialized faculty, that may cooperate in any type of activity.

The University has more than 12,500 students distributed across 58 graduation courses, over 40 MSc courses and 25 PhD programs.

Its main Campus occupies a majestic area located near the centre of Aveiro, including a near-by Administration and Accounting Institute of the Aveiro University, and also having external regional poles in Águeda, Higher Education Technological and Management School of Águeda, and Oliveira de Azeméis, Higher Education School of North Aveiro.

It is a leading R&D university, having a large number of active research units developing programmes targeted at both the international business community and the significant national industry, in fields as fundamental or applied physics, chemistry, telecommunications, robotics, bioinformatics, sea sciences, materials, design, administration and industrial engineering.

Its technological influence allows the preparation of top researchers and best in business qualified human resources for start-ups or established companies as Portugal Telecom, EFACEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Cisco Systems, Alcatel, Ericsson, Vodafone, BOSCH or NEC.



Consistently ranked as one of the best in Portugal, mainly in science, engineering and high-tech, according to recent national and international rankings.

The single Portuguese institution in either the ECIU network or the ESDP-Network.

It serves as a pole for the MAP inter-university Doctoral program, along with University of Porto and University of Minho.

Its Integrated Masters in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering was the first Portuguese IT oriented European Accredited Engineering Masters (EUR-ACE) by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE).

Its Chemistry Bachelor carries the Chemistry Eurobachelor Label accreditation from the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTNA).

Most of its Masters in Engineering are highly regarded by the Portuguese Engineers' Professional Order.

Its research units are involved in several autonomous, industry or European Commission funded projects, and NATO as shown interest in funding a project with intercontinental partnerships involving its Centre for Environmental and Sea Studies (CESAM).

Acknowledged for having a high percentage of foreign students and researchers.

In recent years has kept an admission grade above average among several Portuguese Higher Education institutions, even with recent grade inflation problems in the Portuguese National Higher Education Entrance Exams.

Participates in post-graduate technical programs jointly with Carnegie Mellon University[1].

In 2009, its Rector was elected a Board Member of the European University Association.


Hosts in its premises 4 Associated Laboratories.

In 1994, the top nacional search engine, SAPO, was created in this university.

Since 1998, the University has been developing an ecological vehicle, Ícaro, aiming to run the largest distance with the smallest amount of consumed fuel, having participated in the international competition Shell Eco Marathon.

In 2007, it was the first Portuguese university with a Second Life account.

Since 2009, it hosts a SexLab aimed at studying sexual health.


The University hosts "3810-UA", a weekly national public television program, aired to present itself to a broader audience.

By mid Spring, a one week period of break from formal studies is allowed where anyone may participate in academic activities, concerts or Enterro do Ano, a local academic parade.

The University is known for being a regular participant or organizer of robotics inter-universities or inter-schools competitions: Micro-Rato (hardware robotics) and Cyber-Rato (behavioral software). In 2008, one of its teams has won the Robocup world competition, in China.

The animation movie "Até ao Tecto do Mundo", developed at the Communication and Arts Department, has won several prizes including the "Professional Animation Golden Lion Award" and the "Aloha Accolade Award".

The University occasionally organizes mathematics competitions, PmatE, mostly aimed at pre-university level students.

University Campus Santiago

One of the largest campus in Europe, holding more than 25 modern architecture design buildings dispersed in an open plane area, mostly orange reflecting the association with engineering and technology.

Composed by departments, autonomous sections, research units, administrative and service facilities, a library, a mediateque, a field track, a multisports building with gym, a residential complex, green spaces, ecological spots and parking lots. The Rectory is located in a white building near the campus centre.

The Campus extends to accommodate an entire Administration and Accounting Institute ISCA-UA, its corresponding service facilities and parking lots.

Academic Life

By being located near the Atlantic coast, in sunny days its students tend to gather near the beach at Praia da Barra.

By night, it is common for Praça do Peixe, an avenue in the city centre, to become an academic hotspot.

Students commonly gather in public places and chant in choir the academic traditional song "Aveiro é nosso!" ("Aveiro (city) is ours!")

List of Studies

Geosciences department of Aveiro University.

Research Units

Associated Laboratories

Defective, Sub-par or Inferior to the Norm Units

  • Centro de Biologia Celular - CBC
  • Centro de Estudos em Optimização e Controlo - CEOC
  • Centro de Investigação em Didática e Tecnologia na Formação de Formadores - CiDTFF
  • Centro de Investigação em Educação e Ciências do Comportamento-CIECC
  • Centro de Línguas e Culturas - CLC
  • Geobiociências, Geotecnologias e Geo-engenharias - GEOBIOTEC
  • Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA)
  • Matemática e Applicações - MA
  • Pólo de Aveiro do Instituto de Etnomusicologia - Centro de Estudos de Música e Dança - INET-MD
  • Pólo de Aveiro do Centro de Estudo das Tecnologias e Ciências da Comunicação-CETAC.MEDIA
  • Química Orgânica de Produtos Naturais e Agroalimentares - QOPNA
  • Tecnologia Mecânica e Automação - TEMA
  • Unidade de Investigação em Governança, Competitividade e Políticas Públicas-GOVCOPP
  • Pólo de Aveiro do ID+ Instituto de Investigação em Design, Media e Cultura

Student Groups

Faculty and Alumni

See also


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