Founded on the 16th January 1979, the University of Algarve results from the union of two preexisting institutions, the University of Algarve and the Polytechnic Institute of Faro, which makes it somewhat unique from most universities given that Faculties and Schools of both systems, co-exist.
In these last three decades, the University of Algarve has consolidated the link established with the regional business and with the public and private organisations, encouraging the transfer of knowledge and contributing to sustainable development with an impact across the community.
It is an important centre for cultural, scientific and technological development, with strong regional, national and international ties, offering students the opportunity to explore various careers as they gain transferable skills.
The Student Union organises several important and well-known events, such us:
The University has four campuses:
The University Library is composed of different services, with library on each campus. The Library receives, organizes and provides access to bibliographic and documentary resources in several formats.
The Gambelas Campus Library and The European Documentation Centre (EDC)
The Statistics Portugal information network in libraries of higher education establishments
The Statistics Portugal's Portal Access Point is located at the Gambelas Campus Library.
It seeks to serve the entire region, allowing researchers, teachers, students, enterprises and the community in general, to easily access all statistical information and services offered by the Institute (INE).
The Saúde Campus is situated at the entrance of city of Faro. New facilities were built for the Faro School of Nursing, incorporated into the University of Algarve in June 2003, now called the Faro School of Health (Escola Superior de Saúde - ESS) in order to adopt the new health science degree courses.The Portimão Campus, located in the city of Portimão, is situated near the train station square. Portimão is the second largest city in Algarve and the campus developed out of the need for decentralisation.
The Students Union Sports Department, promotes all kinds of sport activities with very low prices for students. You can choose from Salsa to Hip-hop, from Tai Chi and Yoga to Bujinkan, from Basketball to Football.
The Sports Department of the Student Union also organises water sports activities such as canoeing, windsurfing and sailing are free of charge at the Nautical Sports Centre at Faro Island.Competitive sports include handball, women’s futsal, women and men’s volleyball and men’s rugby. Federated teams (district championships) are active in men and women’s basketball, men’s futsal and men’s football 11.
The Student Union of the University of Algarve (Associação Académica da Universidade do Algarve, AAUALG) is a representative body of all the students belonging to the institution, founded on 1st October 1997.The importance of sports and the physical balance and psychological well being of university students is a concern of the Student Union. For this reason, sports activities are under the auspices of the Student Union in close collaboration with the University and the Student Support and Welfare Services.