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Institucional Ombudsman

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 Institucional Ombudsman


​Biographical note

Aníbal Augusto Alves was born on 10 June 1940 in Pinhal do Norte, Carrazeda de Ansiães. He is Professor Emeritus and retired Full Professor of Communication Sciences of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho, where he started his career as a Teaching Assistant in 1976. He was a teacher in private secondary education in the Portuguese group (1965-68).

He holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy (Braga, 1965) and one in Social Communication (Leuven, 1972), in addition to a doctoral degree in Social Communication (Leuven, 1983).   

He belongs to the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) and is also a member of the scientific committee of the Comunicação e Sociedade journal.

He has held several academic management and scientific coordination positions, such as: President of the Institute of Social Sciences and Vice-Rector; President of the Pedagogical Council of the University, Director of the Historical and Social Sciences Research Centre, and Director of the Social Communication Degree Programme.

He is furthermore the President of the Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences (SOPCOM) and Member of the Opinion Board of Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (Portuguese Radio and Television).


Guiding Principles

The University fulfills its mission and pursues its goals based on respect for the dignity of the human person and its promotion.

The role of the Institutional Ombudsman is to promote the rights of the University staff, in accordance with the regulations.



The activity of the Institutional Ombudsman is governed by the Regulation approved by the General Council of the University of Minho, which was published in the Official Gazette of the Portuguese Republic on 24 May 2019.



Institutional Ombudsman Office

Pedagogical Complex II, Floor 0

4710-057 Braga

Tel.: (+351) 253 601 711



 Face-to-face assistance hours

Wednesday - 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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