The Universidade Aberta is a Portuguese distance education public university, created in 1988. Its headquarters are located in Lisbon, it has two regional centres in Coimbra and Porto, and study centres all over Portugal and in Mozambique. Universidade Aberta is one of the largest national producers of university teaching materials. The printed materials, which constitute the core of the Universitys courses, are usually complemented by videocassettes, audiocassettes, CD-ROMs, Internet and TV and radio broadcasts. Paulo Maria Bastos da Silva Dias is the rector of the University. The University has got 13170 students from 2010. Students are required to be at least 21 years old, and to have completed secondary education. Candidates over 25 with no secondary degree can be admitted after having passed the national university access examination or ad hoc examination.Thousands of students, from all over the world, are enrolled in distance education undergraduate programmes. Several hundred Portuguese students follow post-graduation face-to-face courses. Together with its main activities in teaching and scientific research, Universidade Aberta promotes the Portuguese language and culture, especially in Portuguese-speaking countries. The University comprises of top class faculties and brilliant students. Together with the coordination of the Professors, Researchers, Faculties and the support of the students the University ranks 2949 in the World. Universidade Aberta is one of the largest Universities of UK and also offers Distance Education Courses, face-to-face and mixed modes (including video-conferencing) for postgraduate programmes. Counselling services by telephone, fax and e-mail are available in the university and at the study centres. The Universidade Aberta comprises of reputed researchers and includes researches in Primary Care & Public Health Sciences, Physics, Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Academic Group Analytical & Environmental Sciences, Anticoagulation Therapy, Visual Commentary on Scripture Project Theology & Religious Studies, Womens Health Clinical Academic Group, Research Oncology, Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry and many more. The researchers of Universidade Aberta includes Ali Abbasi, David Abbasi Perez, Vincenzo Abbate, John Abdou, Devon Abts, Shadi Abu-Hayyeh and many more.