Founded in 1973, UA quickly became one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in the country. There are approximately 15,000 students currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Since the beginning, UA has sought to play a leading role in the panorama of higher level education in Portugal, through the high quality of its infrastructure, and the excellence of faculty members and of the research produced.
UA is proud of its partnerships with companies and national and international bodies with which it cooperates in various projects and programmes. These partnerships mean that UA also provides important services and is therefore a research space where innovative products and solutions are developed, which contribute to advancement of science and technology.