Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) is a national public institution, the oldest institution of higher education in Mozambique. It was founded on August 21, 1962, by Decree-Law no. 44530, under the title of General University Studies of Mozambique. In 1968, it ascended to the category of University, being then designated by University of Lourenço Marques. On May 1, 1976, President Samora Moisés Machel attributed to this institution the name Eduardo Mondlane University, in honor of the relevant historical role represented in Mozambique by Dr. Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane. It is also in his honor that the 20th of June, the date of his birth, is celebrated as Eduardo Mondlane University Day.

Eduardo Mondlane University has since assumed the status of a national university, having conceived a policy that guarantees fair access to students from different regions of the country and seeks to maintain and increase the female presence in the institution. It is a public institution of higher education endowed with legal personality enjoying scientific, pedagogical, administrative and financial autonomy. Through EMU, many generations of young people who now carry out functions and activities in the most diverse spheres of society, at government level, social, economic and service sectors, both in Brazil and at international level.

The history of EMU, since its inception, reflects the periods of the country’s history, which influenced and determined the teaching, research and extension process, from the definition of professional profiles at the level of training to the type of research to be undertaken priority.

Today, Eduardo Mondlane University is inserted in a social context of market economy and is present in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Zambézia and, through distance education, throughout the country and abroad.

To be national, regional and international reference university in the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge as well as innovation, highlighting research as the foundation of teaching and learning processes, extension and outreach activities.

Produce and disseminate scientific knowledge and promote innovation through research, extension and outreach activities, while imparting humanistic values onto generations to face contemporary development challenges of the society.