Universidade do Algarve
Reitoria, Campus da Penha
8005-139 Faro
Tel: 289 800 977

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.


Rector’s Message

Our vision is to promote sustainability in teaching and research, through innovation and inclusion, in a climate of proximity. We are committed to being an open institution, promoting economic development, social well-being and environmental preservation through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. At the same time, the promotion of proximity is an essential requirement in a small institution that is not confined to the (low-density) territory in which it is located.
The growing regional, national and international affirmation of UAlg will be accomplished by the expansion of our value chain, whose primary activities are teaching, research & transfer and community relations.

Ph. D. Paulo Águas