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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 distance learning.  
The dynamic of research and innovation partnerships with foreign research centres ​has resulted in both scientific publications and practical applications for business and society.  
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.  
From www.uminho.pt

City of Guimarães

Guimarães is a historical city that has played a crucial part in the foundation of Portugal as a country.
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.  
More information: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/guimaraes and https://www.guimaraesturismo.com/


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