University of Algarve
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The University of Algarve is a leader in teaching and research in marine sciences, fisheries, aquaculture, biodiversity and conservation in Portugal. The University, with approximately 9500 students, offers a variety of BSc, MSc and PhD programmes in these areas.
The largest research centre is the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) an independent multidisciplinary, non-profit research organisation within the University of Algarve system. CCMAR is one of the foremost marine science research centres in Portugal, classified as "Excellent" in the 2014 research assessment of the Foundation for Science and Technology. The ongoing research in CCMAR focuses on various aspects of marine life and ecosystems, covering areas such as Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of marine organisms, Genetics of Populations, Endocrinology, Biophysics, Aquaculture, Biodiversity and Ecology of marine populations and communities, Ecohydrology, Organic Chemistry, Environmental Technologies and the Study and Management of Fisheries Resources. CCMAR hosts 110 scientists, 40 PhD students and 100 young scientists and technicians. CCMAR has very good infrastructure and equipment to carry out research and advanced training.
Core facilities, available for internal and external services, provide:
i) a technology platform with molecular biology, analytical chemistry, ecology, imaging, scientific diving capacities,
ii) Ramalhete marine station with tanks to keep to keep live organisms and large outdoor mesocosms,
iii) administrative and project management services,
iv) a computing and bioinformatics platform and
v) a communication, outreach and events (workshops and conferences) office.
CCMAR is part of national nodes for European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI): EMBRC.PT (EMBRC), is a member of Biodata.PT, the national node of ELIXIR and a member of the national node of EMSO.
Although there are some university residences available (rooms are double; kitchen, bathroom and other common areas are shared; 130,95 euros/month), most students rent apartments or houses in town or on the beach (Praia de Faro). Information on rentals is available at the International Relations and Mobility Office (GRIM – Gabinete de Relações Internacionais e Mobilidade), at the Student Association or can be found posted in supermarkets and shops located near the university and also in the faculty (FCT, Building 7).
For temporary accommodation, there is the youth hostel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and reasonably priced and well located hotels, such as Aeromar, Alnacir, Best Western Dom Bernardo and hostels for 10 euros per night. To stay in the university residences from September 1 on, students should contact the Mobility office: email@example.com.
Apartments and houses for rent are readily available from September to July. Rent plus utilities (electricity, gas and water) for single room in an apartment shared with other students ranges from 130-300 € per month. As for deposits, it is common practice to pay 2 months in advance.
Students can eat at University campus canteens for 2.30-2.70€ per meal (soup, choice of main course, dessert or fruit and drink). There are numerous restaurants in Faro, offering a wide choice of cuisine, including vegetarian. Prices for a full meal at affordable restaurants range from 5 to 10 €. A monthly public bus pass costs 28.40 €, while a single bus ticket (Faro-Gambelas Campus) costs ca. 2,2 €. Some students rent rooms or apartments within walking distance from the Gambelas Campus, in Gambelas or Montegro. Many students bike to the Gambelas campus from the Praia de Faro and other areas.