The University of Algarve, as it stands today, resulted from the merger of two previously existing institutions: the University of Algarve, created on March 28th, 1979, and the Polytechnic Institute of Faro, created on December 26th, 1979. The University of Algarve is, therefore, a different institution from other universities, given the coexistence of Organic Units of University Higher Education and Polytechnic Higher Education.
With over 40 years of service to the community, the University of Algarve (UAlg), consisting of three campuses, two in the city of Faro and one in Portimão, has consolidated its development, both in structural and administrative terms, and in academic and pedagogical terms, and currently enjoys large spaces, infrastructure and equipment that provide excellent conditions for learning, working, investigating and socializing.
UAlg offers its students courses in six thematic areas: Arts, Communication and Heritage; Social Sciences and Education; Health Sciences and Technologies; Exact and Natural Sciences; Economics, Management and Tourism; Engineering and Technologies. The degrees in these areas include bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.