U.Porto has a Continuous Improvement Service since 2006, currently The Quality and Assessment Office (GAQ), which was formed to foster and consolidate a culture of quality at the University of Porto while monitoring the institutional assessment processes.
Its mission covers the following aspects:
- Plan, support and control an inclusive QMS, in which all U.Porto employees are Quality agents, irrespective of where and when they work.
- Integrate assessment and improvement mechanisms in ongoing tasks through simple procedures.
- Promote a "Culture of Quality".
The reinforcement and consolidation of a "Culture of Quality" were considered strategic elements in U.Porto's Management, as confirmed by its successive strategic plans and general outlines.
In 2017, U.Porto requested the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) to conduct an audit of the Internal System for Quality Assurance (SIGQ.UP), which the A3ES Management Board unconditionally certified for a 6-year period.