Established in 1988, Universidade Aberta (UAb) is the single public distance education university in Portugal. Due to its purpose, UAb uses comprehensively, in its teaching activities, the most advanced technologies and methods of Distance Learning, without geographical borders or physical barriers, and giving special emphasis to the expansion of the Portuguese language and culture within the Lusophony space (migrant communities and Portuguese speaking countries).
Carla Padrel de Oliveira
One of the strategic areas of Universidade Aberta (UAb) is the cooperation with other higher education institutions (HEI), the civil society and the business world.
The International Advisory Council (ICC) is a consultation body of the rector and has as its mission the monitoring of the activities of the University whenever asked, specifically in the areas of distance education.