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BIO Magazine - Catholic University of Portugal - Porto Δεκέμβριος 2015
Δεκέμβριος 2015 No38

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Catholic University of Portugal - Porto
Catholic University of Portugal - Porto


The Catholic University of Portugal - Porto is a University of recognized teaching quality. We are proud to offer our students a diverse and stimulating academic environment, as well as the conditions they need for their full development as a person. For this, we are committed to pedagogical innovation, humanist training and the integration of interdisciplinary knowledge.We are a University focused on research, innovation and development which aims to be a knowledge centre of reference. The University has been growing its research faculty and is continuously in search for external and international partners in order to create highly value added projects. We are a University engaged with the social development of Porto and the Northern Portugal. For this purpose, we´ve established ourselves as a Cultural and Social Innovation Agent contributing significantly to the development of social sustainability dynamics.In this context, the School of Economics and Management (SEM) is a recognized leading Management and Economics School in Portugal, enlisting a young and highly qualified faculty team organized in six Departments: Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management and Strategy, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Operations and Systems. Aiming at developing highly qualified graduates, both in terms of technical competences and soft skills, ready to pursue thriving careers in Business and Economics, the School of Economics and Management´s faculty is fully dedicated to the highest quality pedagogical standards and promotes close academic involvement with the students and with the community in order to best cultivate and actively develop their full learning potential.



University Library
The Librarys mission is to provide all the information resources needed to, the study,teaching and research of the University Community as well as to its relations with its public.
The University Library offers a varied and comprehensive range of services

The Computing Services offer you the following services:
Free access to computer labs in order to do your works
Free access to the Internet
E-mail account
Personal area in the network for data archive
Document Printing
Digital Scanning
In order to access these services please ask, at the Computing Services Department,for an application form.

Restaurants and Bars

Asprela Campus

As far as meals are concerned, there are three options in the Asprela campus: two bars and one canteen. The canteen has available four different meals (meat, fish,vegetarian and diet) and the average price of a three course meal at the canteen is about 3.5. To use the canteen, you must buy a ticket at the nearest bar.
For dinner service, you may use the several canteens of the University of Porto which are located nearby, by presenting the UCP student card.

Foz Campus

There are several options in the Foz campus when it comes to meals. There are two coffee shops where you can have light meals: the School of Arts Coffee Shop, located in the School of Arts Building and another one placed in the main building.
There is also a Canteen located in Pátio do Paraíso which is open from 12 noon till 2PM. To use the canteen, you must buy a ticket, which will entitle you to a meal. The average price of a three course meal at the canteen is about 3.5.

Religious Catholic Support

Included in a Catholic University, the Porto Regional Centre naturally searches to stimulate the spiritual dimension of its students. In order to provide religious Catholic support to its students, this Centre has a Priest - Father António Azevedo - you can look for, during the following period:

Foz Campus

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10h30 AM to 12h15 PM.
Also, theres a Weekly Mass, at the Foz campus, every Wednesday at 13:00 PM,celebrated in the campus Chapel (located on the first floor of the main building)

Asprela Campus

As far as the Asprela campus is concerned the schedule is yet to be defined, but we invite you to e-mail Father António Azevedo at pastoral@asprela.ucp.pt for further information on this subject.


Student life

 Facing the big lodges of port wine to which it gave its name across the river Douro, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It was born and developed itself during the Middle Age years and it keeps an interesting Historical Centre which was classified by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Despite its ancient roots, which have been preserved with pride, the city is now a modern one with a lively commerce and some importance as an industrial center. With a population of about 300.000, Porto is the countrys second most important city in terms of economic output and cultural influence.
With a well-known gastronomy and hospitable population, its monuments and museums, Porto cultural agenda has been steadily improving.


Climate in Porto is typical of Atlantic regions: damp but temperate, with colder nights. In winter, rainfall is very frequent, but it hardly ever snows and frost is rare as well, as the temperature rise, and the warmest months of the year are June, July and August: temperatures range from 20ºC to 35ºC. September, October, April and May are intermediate, with periods of atmospheric instability: quite frequently fogy mornings are replaced by sunny afternoons, or rain showers alternate with periods of bright sunshine. You are therefore advised to bring some warm clothes for the colder days.


PhD Programmes at Catholic University of Portugal - Porto

PhD programs are developed under the I&D of the (College of Biotechnology) ESB-UCP, which takes place at the Center for Biotechnology and Fine Chemicals (CBQF) / Laboratory for the State.

This research unit has the activities focused on biotechnology, with emphasis on the following areas and lines of work:

1. Food Area: Safer, nutritious, healthy and competitive food:

- Research group on evaluation of food risk

- Research group on strategies and tools to minimize the dietary risk

2. Environmental Area: Innovative approaches to environmental challenges and sustainability:

- Research group on environmental assessment

- Research group on strategies and tools for remediation of environmental risk

The research strategy is the balanced development of basic and applied research, the latter being mainly directed to products / issues of regional and national levels, thus contributing to the defense of national competitiveness in economically relevant sectors.

As part of the Ph.D. in Biotechnology offered by ESB-UCP is possible to choose one of the following specializations:

- Science and Food Engineering

- Science and Environmental Engineering

- Biochemical Engineering

- Microbiology

- Chemistry

The applications for PhD programs are open at any time.


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