Venue & Location
University of Minho
University of Minho (UMinho) is one of the so-called “New Universities” that changed the HE landscape in Portugal. Located in the Minho region, known for its significant economic activity and by the youth of its population, UMinho is renowned for the quality of its teaching, the quality of its students, the public recognition given to its Alumni, and for its intervention and strong links with the local community and the surrounding region. The campi of Gualtar, in Braga, and Azurém, in Guimarães, cover a student population of over 18000, plus 1200 teaching staff and almost 800 technical and administration staff making UMinho one of the biggest HEI in Portugal. All our 11 Schools are quite comprehensive and are a reference for their academic and scientific quality at national and international level. All courses and degrees are evaluated and accredited by the correspondent official bodies. Internationalisation is a priority and it has a long and sound based experience in participating in a number of EU programme.
Guimarães is a town with a glorious historical past, whose history is linked to the founding of Portugal’s national identity and to the Portuguese language in the 12th century.
The historical centre in the area that was within the Guimarães city walls, associated with the formation and identity of Portugal, was classified a World Heritage site based on the originality and authenticity applied in its restoration.
For a moment you might imagine yourself to be in a mediaeval setting, where the nobility built their houses over time, such as the Mota Prego house, the Vila Flor and Toural palaces, and the many others that give Guimarães its unique atmosphere.
Guimarães was the European Capital of Culture in year 2012.
Braga is a lively city, one of the oldest in the country, and is teeming with young people who study at its universities.
Braga is administrative, economic and cultural center of the Minho region, and the third largest metropolitan area of Portugal (behind Lisbon and Porto).
Built more than 2,000 years ago, “Bracara Augusta” was, as the name indicates, founded by Augustus; it was located on one of the main Roman roads in the Iberian Peninsula, and later given the status of capital of the Roman province of Gallaecia, present day Galicia. The Braga Diocese is the oldest in Portugal and, Braga’s Cathedral is also the oldest in the country and was built in the 12th century by the parents of Portugal’s first King, D. Henrique and D. Teresa, who are buried there. The city is also known as the “Portuguese Rome” or the “City of the Archbishops”, for its concentration of religious architecture and for having two archbishops. Braga is probably the biggest religious centre of the country, known for its Baroque churches, for the splendorous houses from the XVIII century and for its elaborated gardens and parks.
Braga is also considered Capital of “baroque” in Portugal.
Braga was the European Capital of Youth in year 2012