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The Institute of Education (IE) is a new teaching and research unit of the University of Minho (UMinho) created in 2009 by joining the Child Studies Centre (IEC) and the Institute of Education and Psychology (IE​P), regarding its Educational component. According to its Statutes, IE's mission is to develop projects on education, research and interaction with society in the broad area of Education, thus contributing to the development and well-being of individuals, groups, education organisations and society alike.
The teaching activity of IE is divided by undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees specific to IE or shared with other Schools of UMinho. IE also covers advanced scientific internships, doctorates in partnership with foreign universities and post-doctorates. In conjunction with the teaching activities, research developed in IE is focused on the educational processes, agents and contexts, on teaching, learning, training and socio-educational development. The activities concerned with the interaction with society, involving in-service training courses, studies and opinions, for example, are a way of making the knowledge and skills of the Institute's professors and researchers available to the community.
The various projects of IE extend beyond the national context, and internationally the cooperation with nearby countries in terms of culture and language, as is the case of the Portuguese Speaking Countries, is worth being highlighted. To achieve its Mission, IE establishes partnerships with national and international institutions aimed at mutual enrichment and at attaining common objectives.​