Madeira UniversityUniversity of Madeira is the higher academic education centre of Madeira Autonomous Region
In 1983, the State Office for Higher Education and the Regional Education Office, presided by Dr. Eduardo Brasão de Castro, created “a committee to study the viability of creating and operating a university in Madeira Autonomous Region and/or other institutional alternatives”, presenting in 1985 a “Study on the Viability of Madeira University” in a model adapted to the Madeira reality.
Three years later, on 13 of September of 1988, Madeira University was founded. Presided by Prof. Dr Raúl de Albuquerque Sardinha, members of the board, Prof. Dr. Fernando Santos Henriques and Prof. Dr. José Luís Morais Ferreira Mendes and administrated by Dr. Ana Isabel of Portugal Almada Cardoso.
In the document “Strategy and Programming”, the desire to establish a new “scientific-cultural project” is manifested due to the “exhaustion of the conventional university model”. Presenting a timetable with the objective of integrating the Literature and Sciences degrees that, since 1978, had functioned university extension centres. This document considered that the University of Madeira, especially in the case of Literature degrees, could not assume the finalization of the programs that functioned on those extensions centres, so the students attending such study programs should travel to mainland to finish their academic degrees. In 1989/90, began the first year of Physical Education and Sports degree and the Madeira Higher Education School was extinct. This way Madeira University stayed responsible for the formation of Kindergarten teachers and 1st and 2nd cycle teachers of the Portuguese Education System through the Teacher Training Integrated Centre.
The academic year of 1990/91 witnessed the first steps taken by most of the University's degrees, such as Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Modern Languages and Literature, Portuguese Studies, Portuguese and French Studies, Portuguese Studies and English, German and Portuguese Studies, Portuguese and Spanish Studies, English and German Studies, and French and English Studies (all with scientific and teaching specializations).
In 1992/93, Management, Systems, and Computers Engineering were included in the academic offer. Through the Integration Protocol signed on September 30, 1992, the Instituto Superior de Artes Plásticas da Madeira (ISAPM Arts School) became part of Madeira University under the name of the Superior Institute of Art and Design of Madeira University (ISAD / UMa). In 1993 the Classical Languages and Literatures integrated the field of studies offered.
On March 14, 1997, University of Madeira entered a new phase, with the confirmation of the University Statutes and consequent election of a dean, affirming itself in the national context, as a full-fledged university. The internal stability obtained this way was crucial to face the great challenges that were emerging for any institution of higher education at the threshold of the XXI century.
The Madeira University promotes scientific research activities, as well as social and economic promotion and valorisation of knowledge and technological innovation.