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About U.Porto - Quality and Accreditation

Although the commitment to Quality has been assumed since the very beginning of the University of Porto, in the last decades important steps have been taken to stabilize and formalize the Quality Management System (QMS), a central vector in the "Culture of Quality" that runs through all the University's activity.

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.

Pillars of the Quality Management System of the U.Porto

Pillars of the Quality Management System of the U.Porto

Collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of relevant and detailed information, whenever possible in national comparison, on the performance of the U.Porto in the main areas of its activity.




Human Resources

Incorporation of quality assurance procedures in the Information System of the University of Porto (SIGARRA), in which most routines are formatted and standardized and good practices are stabilized.

(*) See also previous editions of the Monitoring Procedure and Monitoring of Training Offer.

Monitoring and assessement of performance is applied to the main areas of activity of U.Porto.

The Balanced Scorecard of the U.Porto is the instrument adopted for monitoring the performance of the U.Porto and is presented in the strategic plans and major lines of action, and monitored annually in the activity plans and in the activities and accounts reports.

The Quality Management System Manual of the University of Porto is adopted as an instrument for verifying the adequacy of management procedures to the ESG - 2015 requirements and SIGQ Referentials of A3ES - 2016.

Assessment and Accreditation

All study cycles of the U.Porto are assessed and accredited by A3ES.

Since 2009, all study cycles at U.Porto are subject to an external assessment process, conducted by the Assessment and Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (A3ES).

The assessment and accreditation of national study cycles is carried out according to the following modalities:

  • Preliminary accreditation: all study cycles that were in operation in 2010
  • Preliminary Accreditation of New Study Cycles (PAPNCE): for study cycle creation requests presented from 2010 onwards
    • The creation of study cycles implies the submission, by the Faculties, of a request for prior accreditation of new study cycles (PAPNCE) to the Assessment and Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (A3ES). This request is accompanied by the opinions of the bodies of the proposing Faculty(s) and requires the prior opinion of the Senate of the U. Porto and approval by the Rector, under the statutory powers that are attributed to them.
    • The creation of new study cycles takes into consideration the training offer of the same level and scientific area(s) already existing at U. Porto and, in case of overlapping of these(s), considers the possibility of suppression of study cycles whose general objectives can be substituted by the new proposal, avoiding excessive dispersion of teaching staff and students.
    • Consult the documentation regarding the new study cycles of the U. Porto accredited so far.
  • Evaluation of Study Cycles in Operation (ACEF or PERA), under the scope of the regular self-evaluation cycles:

The accreditation of a study cycle ensures compliance with the legal requirements for its creation and operation, as well as a positive evaluation according to the scientific and pedagogical criteria defined by A3ES.

In 2019, the University of Porto was accredited for 6 years by A3ES.

In 2010, the University of Porto was evaluated by the European University Association (EUA) under the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP).