University of Minho
The University of Minho is one of
the most prestigious Portuguese higher education institutions,
and has international prominence due to its high class
programmes and research. The University was founded in 1973, and
comprises three campi - the Gualtar Campus, in Braga, and the
Azurém and Couros Campi, in Guimarães.
The University of
Minho has a strong internationalization policy. This is
reflected in its main lines of action - education, research and
innovation, and interaction with society. UMinho has
institutional relationships with more than 80 countries and 400
universities around the world, UMinho is very active in the
recruitment of international students, in supporting mobility
programs, in the establishment of degrees in association, and in
The dynamic of research and innovation
partnerships with foreign research centres has resulted in both
scientific publications and practical applications for business
The University of Minho offers a wide range of
courses corresponding to first, second and third cycles of
studies leading to undergraduate (BA/BSc), graduate (MA/MSc) or
doctorate (PhD) degrees.
Guimarães is a historical city that
has played a crucial part in the foundation of Portugal as a
Guimarães has existed for over 1000 years and was
formerly known as Vimaranes. The city is one of the most
important historical cities in the country and its historical
center is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it
one of the most important points of interests in the region. Its
streets and monuments, most within the walled city, breathe
history and inspire visitors.
Guimarães is often named as
the birthplace of Portugal. This is due to the fact that it was
here that the administrative centre of the County of Portugal
(Condado Portucalense) was founded by D. Henrique. His son, D.
Afonso Henriques is thought to have been born here. Another
historical event of importance was the Battle of São Mamede,
which happened outside the city on the 24th of June 1128, an
event that helped shape the concept of Portuguese nationality.
Guimarães has known how to best reconcile history and
heritage through its conservation efforts, while at the same
time exploring the dynamics given by its young population, and
being at the same time a contemporary city. Guimarães has thus a
vibrant cultural life, with several venues showcasing movies,
concerts, performative arts and exhibitions. The city centre
offers a wide range of bars, cafés and restaurants where the
best of Northern Portuguese gastronomy can be tasted.