Founded in 1911, the University of Porto is one of the largest institutions of higher education and research in Portugal. It has about 31,820 students (14% international), 2,300 academics (87% with a PhD) and researchers and 1,500 non-teaching employees. It has 14 Faculties, 1 Business School and 35 Research Units located on 3 campuses within the city of Porto. The University of Porto is responsible for 23% of the scientific articles produced throughout the country and is one of the institutions of higher education with better positioning in the national and international rankings.

The Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto (FPCEUP) was created in 1980 and currently about 1,500 students attend their degree, master and doctorate programmes and more than 1,000 people come every year to attend activities of vocational training in the fields of psychology and education. In addition, it has two R&D units financed by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation.

In July 2017, the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences hosted and organized the VI International Congress of Emotional Intelligence, whose organizing and scientific committee was chaired by associate professor Luísa Faria. She has developed and supervised research and has made more than 200 presentations in scientific meetings, publishing, at national and international level, in the fields of Emotional Intelligence, the development of motivation, personal conceptions of intelligence and individual emotional self-efficacy and collective. Nowadays, she is currently director of the Faculty.

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