The University of Beira Interior (UBI) is one of the most recent public universities in Portugal but it is also a landmark institution in the educational, research, innovation and entrepreneurship fields. It is now ranked in the best 150 universities of world under 50 years.
Over the years, the evolution of the number of educational programs and the number of students has been increasing, having surpassed the 7000 students from across the country and 300 from all over the world.
Aiming to provide a solid educational and scientific background to his students in different fields of knowledge, UBI presents 27 first cycle programs, 47 second cycle programs and 26 third cycle programs.
The university presents various learning and research facilities, structured in 5 Faculties spread around the city- Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Letters and Faculty of Health Sciences – and 14 research units that had been carefully implemented and range from aeronautics to computing, electro mechanics, health, mathematics, optics, education, psychology, telecommunications, textile and paper materials and management and entrepreneurship.
Regarding the human resources, UBI has currently more than 1100 employees, of which more than 600 are teachers and researchers.
Internally, UBI has the UBInnovative, which is the technology transfer office. It supports all the administrative and financial management of R&D projects, helps the researchers in the negotiation, execution and preparation of reports, supports the research efforts of the University and enables the dissemination and implementation of the technologies developed in the UBI into the market / industry, with the main purpose of develop new products and services to the society. This process also involves the evaluation of intellectual property, market potential analysis, licensing and commercialization rights as well as brokering deals with potential investors, which are functions of this office.
UBI is integrated in several R&D projects and consortiums and in the establishment of partnerships with other universities and firms, mainly through its internal office CFIUTE that is the office responsible for bringing the university to the market and industry. Additionally, it has the UBImedical and is a main member of PARKURBIS, which are science and technology parks, focused in the knowledge transfer.