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EEUM welcomes new students Back

Thursday, 9/28/2017   
The University of Minho (UMinho) welcomed the approximately 2800 students who chose the Academia for their higher education path. The new students heard for the first time the Rector, António Cunha, and the President of the UMinho’s Academic Association (AAUM), Bruno Alcaide, during the welcome ceremonies that took place on the campi of Azurém and Gualtar on the 18th September.
The Rector of the UMinho referred that it is “through knowledge that we will achieve the socio-economic development necessary for the well-being of societies. Therefore, we will guarantee the future of humanity, ensuring the sustainability of planet Earth and peace between the populations”. António Cunha also thanked to the new students of the Academy: “Thank you for choosing the University of Minho for your higher education pathway. Students are the reason for the University’s existence and the new students are the guarantee of its rejuvenation”. Bruno Alcaide also highlighted that the new academic year will be filled with “new changes, experiences and learning”. The AAUM’s President reinforced that new students will have the opportunity to “grow in knowledge as professionals, but as responsible individuals and citizens as well, who will help to build a better society”.

The ceremonies counted on the presence of the EEUM’s Presidency and the first degree and integrated master programmes’ directors related to the School: the first cycle degree programme in Fashion Design and Marketing and the integrated master programmes in Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Engineering. Polymer Engineering, Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering, Engineering and Management of Information Systems, Industrial Management and Engineering, Industrial Electronics and Computers Engineering, Physics Engineering, Informatics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Textile Engineering. The EEUM had all the available vacancies on the first phase of access to higher education through the National Competition (CNA) filled in for its first degree and integrated master programmes. At national level, the EEUM is the third best School of Engineering in the country, according to several criteria: filling the total number of vacancies available, average classification of last student placed, and the increasing demand in integrated master programmes (ISP higher than 0,7 in 14 of the 15 programmes offered by the EEUM), among others.

“The CNA’s excellent results demonstrate the success and commitment of the entire academic community of the EEUM in the promotion of UMinho’s Engineering around the renewal of the future. We are certain that this academic year will be marked by the continuous affirmation of the quality of education and research of this School, to which we are proud to belong”, João L. Monteiro, Dean of the EEUM, referred. Rosa Vasconcelos, President of the Pedagogical Council of the EEUM, also highlighted the success and recognition of the School within the scope of the University’s results: “I believe students chose the EEUM also because of media trending. The wide dissemination of the School’s activities has led students to realise that Engineering is a thriving career”.

“I have already completed the first cycle degree in Civil Engineering from UMinho, but now I have a great pathway ahead since I enrolled in the integrated master programme in Informatics Engineering. I hope to meet more people and acquire new competencies”, Raquel Dias explained. João Pinheiro was also pleased to have been placed in Civil Engineering: “I have been well received by colleagues and professors and it has been a good experience so far. The University has a good environment and I have great prospects for the future”. “I chose Polymer Engineering because it is one of the programmes with higher levels of employability. The EEUM is one of the most renowned Schools in the country, which made my choice easier”, Beatriz Castro reiterated.

The UMinho is among the three most attractive universities in Portugal – it registered a record of 99.56% of placements in the CNA, leaving only 20 vacancies left for the second phase of the competition. The data confirms the attractiveness and impact of this academy in recent years and the quality of its students, reflected in the high average classification in most programme’s placement.

The photo album of the new academic year opening sessions is available at: