Situated in the north-eastern city of Vila Real, the Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University (UTAD) was created in 1973 as a Polytechnic Institute, and became a fully-fledged Public University in 1986. UTAD is one of the younger universities in Portugal, and has been involved in shaping the national higher education background. By choosing teaching and research fields that meet the national needs and are not yet exhausted on the labour market, the university was also instrumental in the development of the region where it is located, creating jobs and providing courses directed at the needs of the region and its population.
UTAD has an ability to adapt to new situations, balancing the resources available with modern teaching methods, and being able to propose new ways of learning and distributing scientific knowledge. UTAD inspires students to exploit their potential to the fullest, developing their academic and personal skills (such as computer and communication skills) in order to respond to the changing needs of the labour market. This flexibility is irrefutable proof of the University’s vitality, which justifies its assertion within the Portuguese University System.
All the graduate courses offered by UTAD are currently in agreement with the Bologna Declaration (1st Cycle – 3 years; Veterinary Medicine is Long Cycle Integrated Master’s – 5 years). UTAD also provides a wide range of specialised courses and programmes at postgraduate, Master’s (2nd Cycle) and Doctoral (3rd Cycle) levels.
UTAD's academic activities operate based on Departments and Research Centres which provide teaching and undertake research in the disciplinary areas for which they have responsibility. The university's 15 Departments are divided into Five Schools: Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences; Human and Social Sciences; Science and Technology; Life Sciences and Environment; and the Higher Education School of Nursing.
The campus, built on the site of a number of adjacent former farm estates, is located near the city centre and has bus connections to any part of the city. There are also two other academic units close to the city centre – a complex containing CIFOP (the Education Department), the Department of Arts and Crafts and the Department of Physical Education and Sports; and The Higher Education School of Nursing next to the Hospital. UTAD also has facilities in the city of Chaves, to the north of Vila Real, near the border with Spain's province of Galicia. The Cultural and Social Animation and Tourism degrees are housed there.
In order to fulfil its mission, UTAD is organized internally into Teaching and Research Units (Schools); Research Units (Research Centres); Services; Specialized structures; Subsidiary entities; and Other units that may be created for the pursuit of University activities.
10 good reasons to study at UTAD
- To be part of a teaching and research institution serving actively and responsibly the society through comprehensive training of its students and citizens in general and contributing to a more harmonious and sustainable development of the region, the country and the planet;
- To be part of an institution that contributes to the preparation of institutional, political, economic and cultural leaders;
- To be part of a public university with its own identity and that is guided by high ethical values;
- To be part of an ecosystem made up of multidisciplinary learning that values knowledge and close relations between teachers, students and administrative staff;
- To be part of an institution with a highly qualified faculty of 500 teachers / researchers and supported by a large team of employees (administrative and technical staff);
- To have access to about 120 credited 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles programs, with competitive and flexible study plans, able to respond to the demands of society and the labor market and in different areas such as the humanities and social sciences, agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine, life sciences and the environment, health sciences, and engineering;
- To have the guarantee of a full training process with high quality, which provides a solid background to access the labor market and a professional career;
- To study on campus with about 120 ha, considered one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe, that brings together, in a single space, education and research;
- To have access to Social Services (housing, food, health, counseling) that strive for excellence;
- To study in a safe city, with easy accessibility and high quality of life.