Since 2006, the U.Porto has a Continuous Improvement Service - currently the Assessment and Quality Office (GAQ) - whose mission is to promote and consolidate a culture of quality in the University and to monitor all the processes of institutional assessment.
This general mission includes the following aspects:
- Plan, support and control an inclusive QMS, in which all employees of the U.Porto are Quality agents, regardless of where and when they carry out their work;
- Through simple procedures, integrate evaluation and improvement mechanisms in current tasks;
- Promote a "Culture of Quality".
The reinforcement and consolidation of a "Culture of Quality" have been assumed as strategic elements in the Management of the U.Porto, as can be confirmed in successive strategic plans and major lines of action.
In 2017 the U.Porto requested the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) to audit the Internal Quality Assurance System (SIGQ.UP) which the Board of Directors of A3ES certified without conditions for a period of 6 years.