Published on Nov 28, 2012
The Portuguese team presents Portugal, the Portuguese educational system and their school, Escala Secundaria de Tondela, at the 1st Comenius International Partnership Meeting in Volos/Greece. The meeting took place in 2 EPAL N. Ionias of Magnesia from 6 to 8 November 2012.
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Armed with a mild Mediterranean climate, a beautiful endless coastline and cities packed with historic interest and cultural experiences, Portugal, the westernmost country in mainland Europe, is surely among the continent’s most attractive destinations.
It’s not every day you can be surrounded by 20,000 year-old stone carvings, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and medieval villages as an international student, but if you study in Portugal you’ll be greeted with these sights and more. Aside from the historic appeal and natural beauty, there are also plenty of contemporary cultural offerings, including a number of festivals which all involve dancing and feasting into the early hours.
If you’re a fan of rock music and world music, in the main cities along the coast you’ll find a remarkable number of festivals and events to suit your tastes. But if this isn’t your thing, fear not, because the diverse student community in all of Portugal’s major cities will ensure there’s always something to get involved in.
So, whether you’re a food lover, hiker, music fanatic, sight seer or history buff, choosing to study in Portugal is a really great option. Read on for a more in-depth look at top universities in Portugal, as well as key cities and practical information to help you get started.
Universities in Portugal
Five universities in Portugal feature in the QS World University Rankings®2014/15, the highest entry being the University of Porto which is placed at 93rd in the world. As well as prestigious universities, Portugal is also home to a number of well-reputed polytechnics. The main difference between the two formats is that the universities have a greater focus on academic research, while the polytechnics are more focused on preparing students for a specific career.
Some subjects are only offered at either universities or polytechnics, but there’s also a lot of overlap. For example, both universities and polytechnics offer degrees in subjects such as engineering, management and humanities subjects.
Since 2006, Portugal has adopted the Bologna Process throughout its universities and polytechnics, a European reform which aims to establish a common structure for higher education across Europe. In accord with this structure, Portuguese universities offer three levels of degree. These are: bachelor level or licenciatura, which usually takes between three and four years to complete; master level or mestrado, which takes one or two years; and doctorate level orduotoramento, which typically takes three years.
Most courses – certainly at bachelor’s level – are taught in Portuguese. At graduate level, it’s more common to find English-taught programs, but it’s still definitely an asset to be able to speak the national language; this is not a country where you can rely on everyone being able to speak English.
University of Porto
The University of Porto, ranked 293rd in the world, is a public university located in the city of Porto. It has the largest student population of any Portuguese university. Of this 30,640-strong population, 22,405 are undergraduate students and 8,235 are postgraduate. With almost a third of students studying at postgraduate level, and a recent expansion of research and development activity, the University of Porto has developed a strong output of research. Among the most recognized of the school’s research centers are the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology and the Research Institute of Computer Systems.
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
The second-highest ranked of all Portuguese universities is the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, which stands at 312th in the world. The youngest of three public universities in Lisbon, the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, informally known as NOVA, has a current student population of 19,000. Located in Lisbon, the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa benefits from specialized faculties with a particular emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and FAME (finance, accounting, management and economics) subjects. The school also offers the Lisbon MBA, in partnership with Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
University of Coimbra
The oldest of all universities in Portugal is the University of Coimbra, established way back in 1290. Although the university has moved down in the rankings in recent years to make way for younger universities such as the University of Porto, the University of Coimbra still holds a respectable position in the QS World University Rankings, at 351st in the world. Located in Coimbra and currently home to a student base of approximately 20,000, the University of Coimbra holds the largest proportion of international students of all Portuguese universities and offers eight faculties, covering STEM subjects as well as arts and humanities.
Other universities in Portugal to consider include the University of Lisbon (501-550 in the world),Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Lisboa(601-650 in the world), Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics and Nova School of Business and Economics.
This is a list of Portuguese institutions providing higher education. Higher education in Portugal is organized into two systems: university and polytechnic. There are public and private higher education institutions.
Published on Jun 4, 2013
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Published on Dec 8, 2014
United Nations - It's becoming more and more difficult to find a job which matches the skills acquired at university for highly educated young Europeans. In Portugal, nearly two in five young people are unemployed. Now many of Portugal’s best and brightest young graduates may be forced to find employment opportunities abroad.
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