Founded in 1973, UMinho is nowadays one of the most important and prestigious HEIs in Portugal. It isrenowned for the competence of its faculty, for the level of excellence in research, the wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses offered and the remarkable degree of interaction with other institutions and the society in general. Located in the north of Portugal, UMinho cover a student population of around 20000, 40% of which are master or PhD students. The University has 1200 teaching and research staff and around 800 technical and administrative staff. The University’s organisational structure is flexible and conducive to innovation and interdisciplinary, favouring the exploration of emerging research areas. UMinho education and research projects have gained strong international recognition and are supported by a close interaction with many other research centres worldwide. UMinho is a research university, committed to the valorisation of knowledge and also focused on the socio-economic environment, with many successful partnerships. The Times Higher Education 150 under 50 University Ranking 2016 ranked UMinho on the 101th position worldwide.

UMINHO offers 54 1st cycle and integrated Master’s degrees, around 130 Master courses and over 50 PhD programmes (several international programs involving prestigious institutions such as MIT and CMU, USA). Internationalisation is an institutional priority and UMinho has a long and soundly-based experience in coordinating and participating in several EU programmes. The School of Engineering of the University of Minho has 13 engineering programs. The Department of Production and Systems is a department of the School of Engineering since its foundation. It is the most ancient program related to Industrial Engineering and Management degree programs in Portugal. It manages a doctoral program and several master programs. It has a strong focus on project-based learning approaches, and on interaction with companies.

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