Universidade de Évora
Largo dos Colegiais 2,
7002-554 Évora
Tel: 266 740 800
Fax:266 740 831

The University of Évora was founded by Cardinal D. Henrique (1512-1580). The construction of the Colégio do Espírito Santo, the institution’s parent building, started between 1551 and 1553, being authorized to operate as a university by Paul IV’s Bull, Cum a Nobis (April 15, 1559).

Entrusted for two hundred years to the Society of Jesus (1559-1759), it would educate the elite of the missionaries who evangelized many and ‘wild’ lands and people of the Portuguese Overseas Empire (16th to 18th centuries).

The pedagogical vocation of the old cloisters persisted even after 1759, when the Marquis of Pombal, having expelled the Jesuits, ceased the education promoted by them in Évora. In fact, the pedagogical innovations of the various regimes would pass through these premises: the Royal Professors of the Pombaline Reform (1762); the reformed Third Order of St. Francis (1776-1816). During liberalism, the Real Casa Pia (1836), the Liceu Nacional (1841-1979), and the Escola Comercial e Industrial (1914) were established here; institutions that contributed to the education and culture of many generations of young people. The University reopened in 1973, as part of the Veiga Simão Reform.

Rector’s Message

Founded in 1559, the University of Évora is the second oldest Portuguese university.

Organized in 5 Schools: Sciences and Technologies, Social Sciences, Health and Human Development, Arts, Nursing and a Doctoral School- Institute of Research and Advanced Training, the University of Évora offers a diversified and recognized education in different areas.

Our campus is intertwined with the city of Évora, where most of the physical structures of the University are located, and is completed by the campuses of Mitra, Sines and Estremoz, providing its students a privileged educational and research environment and a culture of proximity.

Aware of the challenges that lie ahead in the near future, the University of Evora rewards and encourages creativity, the crossover of education, and the interdisciplinarity of knowledge. Its central objective is to prepare its students for change, equipping them with the necessary skills to face the challenges of integration into the workplace.

With a strong community of international students from different countries, we are sure that the future will be shaped by the consolidation and strengthening of the internationalization of our training and research without neglecting the commitment we have to the region in which we are located.

Our researchers are integrated in multiple networks and international and national projects, in professorships that develop innovative research in different areas, with an emphasis on biodiversity, climate change, renewable energy and supercomputing.

Through the Alentejo Science and Technology Park, we support entrepreneurship, privilege the connection with businesses and boost the development of our region.

All this supoorted by continuous work in creating a sustainable, healthy and inclusive University for all those who study, teach, research and work in it.

Ph. D. Hermínia Vasconcelos Vilar