• Competitive research at the international level, privileging interdisciplinary areas, including research aimed at solving problems that affect society;
  • A teaching of excellence, with increasing emphasis on the second and third cycles, based on solid first cycles, conveyed by competitive academic programs at national and international level, enhancing merit as a key measure of evaluation;
  • A wide base of interinstitutional participation, geared towards the integration of different scientific cultures, with a view to creating innovative synergies for teaching and research;
  • The provision of quality services, either internally and internationally, capable of making a relevant contribution to social development and the qualification of human resources, with particular attention being paid to countries where the Portuguese language is spoken.