Goa University was established in 1985 incorporating the then existing PG Centre for Instruction and Research of the University of Bombay. Located on the scenic Taleigao Plateau, the University has become the centre of higher education in the State of Goa. The 23 PG Departments and 2 Centres of studies offer academic programmes leading to masters and Ph.D. degrees in various disciplines.
The University also offers PG Diploma programmes in selected disciplines. The masterís programme in Biotechnology is supported by DBT since inception of the course. Degree programmes in Physical Education and Fire Technology have been added during the academic year 2004-05. Four year B.Sc.(Nursing) degree has been added during the academic year 2005-06. The University has launched a certificate course in Portuguese language through DEITI in 2005-06. M. Com. (Distance Education Mode) was launched during 2005-06.
In 2001 the University was accredited with Four Star rating on a 5-point scale by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). Its PG departments, over the years have developed excellent facilities for research. Seven of the Science Departments are currently supported by DST under FIST (Funds for Infrastructure in Science and Technology) with grants ranging from rupees 25 to 50 lakhs. Four Science Departments receive research grants under SAP (Special Assistance Programme) of UGC. OSTC (Ocean Science and Technology Cell) attached to the Department of Microbiology receives special grant from DOD (Department of Ocean Development) for its research activities. These are in addition to 50 research grants awarded to individual faculty members by UGC, CSIR, DST, ICMR, DBT, DOD, ICHR, etc.