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What We Research - Research at the U.Porto

Like the best universities in the world, the University of Porto combines a vocation for teaching with excellence in scientific research.

It is in the breadth of its ecosystem and in the umbilical relationship between the dimensions of learning and the creation of knowledge that the positioning of the U.Porto as a Research University is rooted.

Reflecting the dynamism and interdisciplinary nature of the University's Research Units, the University of Porto is today one of the country's major producers of science in all areas of knowledge. This result reflects the effort led by its Research Units (RU) and the activity carried out by the different entities that make up the research ecosystem, as well as the active involvement of the U.Porto in Associated Laboratories and Collaborative Laboratories and the significant participation of the University in infrastructures of the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures.

The character of excellence that defines research, scientific production and the entire research community of the U.Porto is made particularly evident by the increasing prominence of the University in the main international academic and scientific rankings.

The volume and quality of the knowledge produced at the U.Porto are also due to the substantial investment in laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment, together with a highly qualified scientific staff. What best defines the research at the U.Porto is the character deeply oriented toward the needs of society and regional, national and international research and innovation strategies. From the collaborative work developed daily by our R&D structures - often in conjunction with other national and international bodies - have been born essential discoveries in different fields of knowledge and some of the most relevant innovations of Portuguese industry.