U.PORTO, founded in 1911, is today one of the largest higher education and research institutions in Portugal with around 32,500 students, 2,300 academics and researchers and 1,500 administrative staff. It is the PT HEI best positioned in national and international rankings: Times Higher Education 2015 (401-500); ARWU 2015 (301-400); QS 2015 (308); Leiden 2015 (425); NTU 2015 (269); URAP (183) and SCImago 2015(169). It has 14 Faculties, 1 Business School and 60 Research Units located in 3 campuses within Porto. U.PORTO is the 1st choice of around 23% of the PT applicants to the HE System and is also the leading producer of science in Portugal, responsible for 24% of the scientific articles produced in the country (annual growth rate of 12% since 2009). Providing high-quality training and education is of paramount importance to the U.PORTO.
The U.PORTO also has a strong commitment towards society and has been consolidating its social responsibility through the promotion of volunteering projects; intensification of the interaction with several local and regional civil associations in the organization of cultural, social and artistic activities. Internationalisation is one of U.PORTO ́s strategic pillars and objectives, allowing the development of existing collaborations, as well as the establishment of innovative cooperation activities through the creation of active