The University of Tres-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) is a public university open to society and the world. It is the largest centre for the creation and dissemination of knowledge in northern Portugal and develops its work in close collaboration with other universities in the country, Europe and the world, as well as with the institutional and commercial environment. The University of Tres-os-Montes and Alto Douro promotes innovation and local and regional development with the aim of creating, transmitting and exchanging knowledge, promoting scientific dissemination, promoting the implementation of patents and consortia with companies and institutions. Universities in the interior of Portugal, such as the University of Tres-os-Montes and Alto Douro, should be the anchor of the attraction and attachment of the population and the levers to create dynamism and employment by playing their role in reducing regional asymmetries, in order to achieve a more cohesive and balanced development of the country. UTAD was the first university in the inland north of Portugal. Born in 1973 as an agricultural polytechnic, it grew as a university. Today, it offers more than 95 bachelor`s, master`s and doctoral degrees through its schools of agriculture and veterinary sciences, science and technology, life sciences and the environment, humanities, social sciences and health. As an institution, it has strengthened its relations with the city of Vila Real and the entire region and has been heavily involved in its development. It has transformed an old farmhouse into a university campus, which includes one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe, where you can see species from all over the world. By choosing areas of education and research that meet national needs and are not yet exhausted in the labour market, the university has also played an important role in the development of the region in which it finds itself, creating jobs and offering courses focused on the needs of the region and its population. It is therefore an ecosystem of learning and skills development, composed of multidisciplinary knowledge, and an institution that evaluates and promotes close links between its 561 teachers, 400 collaborators and more than 6500 Portuguese students and more than 40 nationalities. As part of its strategic plan, UTAD`s vision is reflected in the construction of an ECO-UNIVERSITY committed to involving science and community in the design of responses to today`s major societal challenges.
UTAD`s 6 research centres are organizations dedicated to ongoing research, common science and technology, cultural dissemination and the provision of specialized services. Research is one of the priority vectors that support the educational offer, especially for the third cycle, and the quality of teaching. Hellenic Open University (HOU) is the only public university in Greece to offer distance studies. It now has more than 35,000 adult and post-graduate students scattered throughout Greece and Cyprus. Indeed, the majority of students (about 80%) PROFESSIONALS seeking continuing education to improve or modify their careers, HOU has established a permanent link with the market, professional networks, authorities and social agencies. HOU`s Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Social Systems (DAISSy) research group was established in 2001 by highly qualified and motivated researchers. Its role is to follow the broad social acceptance of the broader vision of ambient intelligence, by carrying out responsible research and innovation. The vision of the DAISSy researchers is to contribute to the realization of an advanced human society by inventing technologies that adapt and support human needs and not the other way around! Since its inception, the DAISSy Group has participated in more than 30 national and European projects in various settings and has raised a total of more than 7.5 million euros.