University of Minho



The University of Minho (UMinho) is a university of research, indicated by a strong position the most important international rankings, such as the Leiden Ranking, which is the main bibliometric ranking associated with scientific research. Other important rankings in which the University of Minho is well-positioned are the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking, both in their global ranking and in the ranking of universities under-50 years old.


Professor Dr. António M. Cunha,


António M. Cunha was born in Braga, Portugal, in 1961.

Graduated in Industrial Engineering (1984) and PhD in Polymer Engineering in 1991.

Full Professor of the Polymer Engineering Department (DEP) of University of Minho (UMinho).

Research activity at IPC (Institute for Polymers and Composites – I3N Associate Laboratory), UMinho, developing several projects under the frame of national and European programmes, in the fields of structure development in polymer processing, non-conventional moulding techniques and tools and natural polymers.

Author of 120 refereed ISI-WoS papers, 3 books (editor) and 4 patents.

Dean of the School of Engineering of UMinho from 2005 to 2009.

Member of the Executive Board of PIEP (Innovation in Polymer Engineering) from 2001 to 2009 and CEIIA (Engineering and Innovation Centre for Automotive Industry) from 2005 to 2009.

Rector of University of Minho since 2009.

President of the Portuguese Rectors Conference since 2014.

Chairman of Instituto Internacional Casa de Mateus, 2010 to 2016.

Chairman of CEER Foundation (consortium Northern Portugal / Galician Universities), 2010 to 2016.

Member of of the Conselho Nacional da Educação (Portuguese Education Council), 2010 to 2014, and of the Research Policy Working Group of the European University Association. Board member of Iberian Nanotechnology Institute and of the MIT-Portugal Program.

Member of the Portuguese Engineering Academy.

Golden Insignia of the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Gold Medal and Honorary Citizen of Guimarães.