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The University aims to promote all the research activities of its members and pays particular attention to the strengthening of groups, and the quality and the magnitude of its scientific production. There are a variety of complex structures that work together on this task and focus on research groups as the basic unit. The activities of the research groups can be carried out within departments, university research institutes, both scientific and technical, or other centres. The main function of the institutes is to organize, develop and evaluate the programmes of basic and applied research or artistic creation in their area of expertise. The research centres share some of the functions of the Institutes but can be created by the University.