Education & Research

Education & Research
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The Portuguese Educational System has different education levels. It starts with pre-school education (optional) and continues with basic education (mandatory), secondary education and higher education.

Higher education in Portugal is organized with a binary system: the university education and the polytechnic education, administrated by public, private or cooperative higher education institutions, granting the academic Graduate degree, Master degree and PhD, this last degree only granted by universities.

Porto provides a varied academic offer of recognised quality as far as the public higher education units are concerned, complemented by several respected private and cooperative higher education institutions, covering a wide range of areas of education, training and research. Foreign students choose it more and more to follow mobility programmes, such as “Erasmus”, as well as to attend high education courses in the city’s universities that have established agreements with foreign schools.

In Porto there are also international schools that offer internationally-minded education, within a multicultural context, and with international curricula, preparing their students to proceed with their studies in Portugal or abroad.


Recognised IR&D and Technology and Knowledge Transfer Centres are based in Porto and the Northern region. Some are linked to the University of Porto or other Higher Education institutes and some are led by private organizations.

The University of Porto, Portugal´s biggest research institution for scientific research and one of the top 100 universities in Europe, integrates over 2000 teachers and researchers (76% of whom have PhDs), 61 research units, 31 of which have been assessed as “Excellent” or “Very Good”. 14 units are even integrated in associated laboratories.

On a daily basis, around 20 thousand people study, teach and research in the 7 schools of Porto´s Polytechnic Institute. Two dozen groups of scientific research groups, distributed across 7 schools, allow you to test, discover and be innovative. It is the best national polytechnic in international scientific ranking, with more groups recognised by the Science and Technology Foundation (FTC).

Many research and development units in several non-state higher education institutions, the majority privately run, are also classified as “Excellent” and “Very Good”:

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Published 04-06-2013