University of Porto

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The University of Porto (Universidade do Porto) is a Portuguese public university located in Porto, and founded 22 March 1911. It is the largest Portuguese university by number of enrolled students and has one of the most noted research outputs in Portugal. It was considered one of the 100 best Universities of Europe, in 2010.


The university results, essentially, from two higher education institutions created during the 19th century in Porto: the Politechnical Academy (Academia Politécnica) and the Medical-Surgical School (Escola Médico-Cirúrgica). After the 1910 revolution in Portugal, starting the First Republic, the Universities of Lisbon and Porto were created. Initially, the University of Porto was composed of three faculties:

  • Faculty of Mathematical, Physics, Chemical, Historical and Natural Sciences (including the Engineering School)
  • Medical-Surgical School (including the Pharmaceutical School)
  • Faculty of Trade (never implemented)

The inauguration of the University of Porto was on July 16, 1911, and as first Reitor (rector), the mathematician Gomes Teixeira was chosen. At this time, the university became economically and scientifically independent, and teaching autonomy was officially recognised. Currently, there are 14 faculties and a postgraduate business school at the university.


Today, about 28,000 students (11,000 postgraduate) attend the courses provided by the U.Porto's fifteen schools (13 faculties, a biomedical sciences......
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