The University of Aveiro (UА) is a young university, founded in 1973, with over 15,000 full-time graduate and postgraduate students. The University has a strong research profile, a unique model of governance (16 Departments, 4 Polytechnic Schools and various training centers); it acts as a regional network for education and training, promoting strong links with the surrounding community and pioneering in launching degrees in new subject areas. The BMD (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate) structure is fully implemented and learning outcomes are introduced. Recognition of prior learning is also implemented for those who do not have the formal entrance requirements.
The University is a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities and was one of the first institutions to be granted the ECTS label in 2004, with this distinction having been renewed in 2009 and 2013 and the Diploma Supplement Label also awarded in 2013. UA participates in 3 ERASMUS MUNDUS Joint Masters programs and 2 ERASMUS MUNDUS joint doctorate programs. UA also runs several joint doctoral programs with other Portuguese Universities. It has also signed an agreement as one of the Portuguese institutions to participate in the program of collaboration between Portugal and Carnegie Mellon University for the development of postgraduate programs and research in the field of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). At the same time, the collaboration between the Telecommunications Institute (IT) and the Physics sector with Siemens is an example of the way in which the university has encouraged both innovation and commercialisation linked to research. It has also provided resources for its research policy through funding and the provision of high quality researchers.
University of Aveiro researchers are actively involved in cutting-edge investigation of high social Impact, surpassing the objectives set by the European Research Space. In 2010, 392 R&D or technology transfer processes were active, 34 of which financed by international and European programs, particularly the European Union Program Board. The UA also stands out, on the national sphere, by the number of publications and quotations per capita. Regarding the area of Materials, for example, the UA occupies, either globally (in the top 80 universities), or at European level (in the top 12) a position that, in terms of ranking, is unique in Portugal.
The University of Aveiro enables access to the e-learning platform “Moodle”, where one can find information and on-line resources regarding many of the subjects of the programs offered by the UA. With this learning-support tool, UA aims to encourage remote education, taking advantage of the latest information and communication technologies. In this respect, the experience and skills of the key persons involved in this project from the University of Aveiro will contribute towards sharing of their unique in-country experience related to the best practices in LMS use and accessibility of LMSs. Their extensive experience in organising conferences and seminars based on LMSs will contribute to the sustainability of the project suggested innovative platform. Also, having in mind the vast experience in Erasmus projects, the University of Aveiro will offer support in the area of project monitoring and evaluation.
Gonçalo Paiva Dias holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Aveiro (UA), where he is associate professor at the School of Technology and Management of Águeda (ESTGA) and full researcher at the Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP). He held several positions at the University, including Vice Rector, Secretary of the General Council, Director of ESTGA, and Director of the degree in Information Technology. He has more than sixty internationally published books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers in the areas of electronic government, information systems and higher education, and he coordinated and participated in several funded research projects.
Elisabeth de Jesus Oliveira Brito has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, a master and a degree in Work and Organizations Psychology from the University of Coimbra, and a Postgraduate Course in Total Quality Management in Services from the Polytechnic University of Cataluña. She is an assistant professor at the School of Technology and Management, University of Aveiro. She lectures about organizational psychology, organizational behavior, organizational change and services quality management, at undergraduate and graduate levels. Presently she is a member of the research unit on Governance Competitiveness and Public Policies. Her main topics of research are knowledge management, quality management, service quality and customer satisfaction, local public administration. She has published book chapters, as well as academic papers in national and international journals.