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About U.Porto - Mission and Values

U.Porto's mission is to produce scientific, cultural and artistic knowledge, offer higher education that is strongly rooted in research, invest in the social and economic valorisation of knowledge and actively participate in the progress of the communities to which the university belongs. Learn about our values and duties.

The University of Porto is a public foundation regulated by private law and with statutory, educational, scientific, cultural, administrative, financial, patrimonial and disciplinary autonomy.

U.Porto can undertake activities together with other national or international entities (public, private or cooperative).

The University of Porto can create or participate in associations or societies, for profit or non-profit, as long as the activities are compatible with its mission.

Mission and Values of the University of Porto

Values of the University of Porto

  1. Provide conditions to exercise the freedom of scientific, cultural, artistic and technological creation.
  2. Ensure plurality and free expression of orientations and opinions and promote the participation of all university entities in shared academic life.
  3. The actions of the University and its community must be guided by high ethical standards.
  4. Cultivate rigour, transparency and quality, with particular emphasis on the recognition of merit.
  5. Ensure equality of access and treatment, irrespective of gender and social, political, ethnic or religious differences.
  6. Eliminate all internal factors that may present disadvantages to citizens with a disability.
  7. Care about the personal fulfilment of everyone who belongs to the University.
  8. Promote innovation, while fostering an environment that stimulates creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset.
  9. Fight for sustainable environmental, economic and social development.

Duties of the University of Porto

The University of Porto pursues, among other purposes, the following:

  • Education in the global sense - cultural, scientific, technical, artistic, civic and ethical - within the framework of diversified teaching and learning processes, aimed at the development of specific and transferable skills and competences and the dissemination of knowledge;
  • Scientific research and cultural and artistic creation, involving the discovery, acquisition and development of advanced knowledge and practices;
  • The social valorisation of knowledge and its transfer to economic and social agents, as an engine for innovation and change;
  • The encouragement of an observant spirit, objective analysis, critical judgment and an attitude of questioning and evaluation of scientific, cultural, artistic and social activity;
  • The conservation and dissemination of the scientific, cultural and artistic heritage for the creative use of specialists and the public;
  • Cooperation with different institutions, groups and other agents in a perspective of reciprocal valorisation, namely through applied research and the rendering of services to the community;
  • Cultural, scientific, artistic and technical exchange with national and foreign institutions;
  • The contribution, within its scope of activity, to international cooperation and to bringing peoples closer together.

The University of Porto awards bachelor's and master's degrees, doctorates and habilitations, as well as other certificates and diplomas in the scope of its schools. It also grants equivalence and recognition of academic degrees and qualifications, according to law.

The University of Porto awards the title of honorary doctorate, according to the applicable legislation and internal statutes.