Universidade Lusíada de Vila Nova Famalicão is one of Universidades Lusíada, a group of private Universities located in Lisbon, Porto and Famalicão, and owned by the Minerva Foundation. Universidades Lusíada were founded in the 1980s by Professor António Martins da Cruz, who is their mentor and alma mater. In the academic year of 2009-10 Universidades Lusíada had around 10000 students, in Lisbon, Porto and Famalicão in 60 first degree courses, 40 second degree courses and 10 PhD courses. At ULF we celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2009. And in the academic year of 2009-10 we achieved a record number of 1600 students in first degree courses, in three Faculties (Economics, Engineering and Architecture). Ministered courses relate to Architecture, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Marketing, Economics and Accountancy. ULF is responsible for the provision of a significant number of training courses for the local community.