UAlg is a Portuguese public higher education institution located in Algarve, with teaching and research as its core activities in different scientific areas: science and technology, management and economy, earth and marine sciences, social sciences and health.

With 8069 students in 2019/20, UAlg offers 58 graduate and 114 postgraduate programs, and has 830 permanent teaching and research staff, developing a significant number of research projects, enhanced by the research produced by 90 fellowship grant holders demonstrating a clear commitment towards R&D and innovation.

UAlg internationalization is well sustained with the participation and coordination of several projects within ERASMUS+ and other European Programs. UAlg is included in three prestigious world universities ranking, Times higher education, Best Global Universities and Academic Ranking of World universities within the Oceanography, Ecology and Tourism Management subjects, where was given the highest score in five indicators of research, technology transfer and internationalization in 2020. 

The scientific groundwork of UAlg along with international cooperation projects and research work aim at developing innovative ideas that contribute to the excellence of the University. Moreover, and in line with Agenda UN 2030 goals, UAlg strives to maximize the impact in society, contributing to a more sustainable future.

The trajectory for this knowledge valorization is not linear, assuming a permanent effort on the part of public and private entities, converging between the research produced and the needs of the companies. In fact, it appears that this convergence, based on solid research, corresponds to a gradual process of approximation and progressive establishment of relationships of trust. 

Hence, aiming to strengthen the relations between academy and business, UALG play’s an active role in valuing and fostering knowledge transfer, supporting the creation of new knowledge based companies (start-ups & spin-offs), promoting Industrial Property Rights, and in developing and managing infrastructures directed for incubation and for a higher technological capacity in areas related with the regional Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3).

These actions are developed under the scope of the Division of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer (CRIA) of the University of Algarve, acting on:

– Information and support on Intellectual Property Rights processes;
– Support on licensing and confidentiality agreements;
– Implementation of University-Enterprise joint ventures, towards new and innovative products and services;
– Promotion of science and knowledge based entrepreneurship; 
– Support on funding opportunities for R&D and Innovation, for SME’s and new ventures;
– Fostering of International Partnerships and Networks;- Management of incubation and acceleration spaces;


The Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Algarve develops its activity in teaching, research and dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge in the areas of Ocean and Environment, Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Earth Sciences, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Pharmacy.


FCT task is to promote higher education supported in scientific research, developed in five Research Centres recognized nationally and internationally, thus ensuring the completion of various degrees of higher education in cutting-edge fields. In pursuing its objective of excellence, FCT has established partnerships enabling its students and teachers unique opportunities to access international exchange programs both in training and research. The know-how established in FCT combined with the dynamism of its members, also allows the transfer of knowledge and technology to society.

Centre for Research, Development and Innovation in Tourism

The CiTUR is an R&D unit of the national higher education polytechnic subsystem that brings together 17 institutions (universities and polytechnics) and involves more than 200 researchers. It conducts multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary applied research as well as producing and sharing scientific knowledge in tourism.

It aims to be a leader in applied research, development and innovation and to be recognised by civil society and business for its superior ability to generate and share knowledge in tourism.

The scientific groundwork of the University of Algarve is developed around four main areas (Sea, Health, Food and Well-Being, Arts and Heritage and Tourism) that aggregate all research work aiming that innovative ideas can be turned into products and services contributing to the excellence of the University of Algarve. The University of Algarve has well-established research centers in several fields such as marine sciences, bio-medicine, electronics, chemistry, arts and communication and social sciences.

Steered by international, inter-personal and inter-institutional networks, and projects developed in cooperation with other universities, the University of Algarve aims to update its learning contents and to foster innovation considering these synergies as an opportunity not only to contribute to its curriculum development but also to boost research project incubation pursuing the ultimate goal of higher education institutions: to reach academic expertise and to demonstrate excellence in research.


The main research centres on Marine Sciences and Technology at the University of Algarve are:

CIMACentre for Marine and Environmental Research ( of Marine Sciences ( Research Centre of the Algarve (

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