Founded in 1911, the University of Porto (U.Porto) is one of the largest higher education and research institutions in Portugal with 31.309 students (19% international, including mobility), 2.436 academics & researchers and 1.576 administrative staff. It is one of the best-positioned PT HEI in national and international rankings: Times Higher Education 2018 (401-500); QS 2018/19 (328); Leiden 2018 (145); NTU 2018 (218).
It has 14 Faculties, 1 Business School and 49 Research Units located in 3 campuses within Porto. U.Porto is the leading producer of science in Portugal, responsible for 24.8% of the scientific production in Portugal. Ensuring high quality in training, education and research is of paramount importance to U.Porto, together with its strong commitment towards society. U.Porto opened its doors to the world, in recent years, having coordinated and being involved in several projects, namely Erasmus+ (International Credit Mobility, Joint Master Degrees, Capacity Building, Strategic Partnerships) and Erasmus Mundus projects. Together these projects represent direct management by U.Porto of roughly €58M and have greatly contributed to reinforce its internationalisation process and generated new cooperation opportunities with HEIs from more than 100 Countries.
U.Porto Innovation, the Technology Transfer Office of U.Porto, was created in 2004 with the purpose of supporting the University’s innovation value chain by fostering the transfer of knowledge and reinforcing the bond between the University and businesses. With over 17 years of experience, U.Porto Innovation focuses its activities in the fields of intellectual property, technology transfer, entrepreneurship & spin-off creation, and university-industry relations. U.Porto Innovation has been actively involved in the implementation of national and international projects in diverse fields of science, technology and innovation achieving a cumulative experience in delivering training to different audiences and creating strategic links with regional, national and international partners for R&D, innovation and internationalisation purposes.
The Institute of Sociology (IS-UP) is one of U.Porto research centers. IS-UP was founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting research in this specific area of knowledge, assembling also the heritage of other social sciences. The Institute of Sociology is open to the region and the country as a catalyst for debate and scientific innovation. Since 2002, the Institute of Sociology integrates the network of R&D units of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) of the Ministry of Education and Science (http://www.fct.pt/) and is currently rated as “Very Good”. Focused on fundamental and action research, it provides socially relevant services, seeking to create an increasingly active involvement with the community, alongside the dissemination of research outcomes, in order to attract new audiences to scientific knowledge, and in particular to the sociological approach to reality. IS-UP has an intense scientific activity, developed on a daily basis by more than thirty integrated researchers, several FCT PhD fellows and more than forty collaborator researchers. Multiple projects have been developed, involving a vast network of partnerships, particularly with public, private institutions and associations. One of the main research lines is focused on the area of sociology of work, professions, organizations and enterprises and its relationship with the education, training and public policies.