Minister Manuel Heitor promotes session “Skills 4 post-Covid – Skills for the future” at UAlg

Manuel Heitor and Paulo Águas will streamline the session

The Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education and the dean of the University of Algarve will promote the session “Skills 4 post-Covid – Skills for the Future”, which will take place on June 1st, at 14 pm, in the Grand Auditorium of the Campus de Gambelas, in Faro.

The session will be broadcast live on UAlg's YouTube channel, through the following link:

Promoted by the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES), in close coordination with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), this initiative has the collaboration of higher education institutions.

It aims to encourage a rapid adaptation in teaching, learning, work and research practices and approaches to better prepare the transition to the post-COVID-19 period, as well as to strengthen and enhance the joint response of the science and higher education systems.

The session at UAlg will feature a debate moderated by the vice-rector Saúl Neves de Jesus, where four themes will be addressed. Georgette Andraz and Rosária Pereira, professors at the School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism (ESGHT) will present a paper entitled “Academia Empresa: A Practical Approach to Management of Organizations”.

Elsa Cabrita, professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT), will speak on “Teaching aquaculture: teamwork”.

Isabel Palmeirim, professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine (DCBM) will outline a perspective on “Medicine-UAlg: how it has been possible to support, adapt, and keep progressing!”.

Finally, Miguel Fernandes, founder of Dengun and president of Algarve Evolution, will focus on the question “How do we prepare for the future job market?”

The program “Post-Covid Skills 4 – Skills for the Future” aims to identify the main constraints, challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic introduces and/or deepens in higher education activities and in its relationship with science and the labor markets, public and private.

Another objective is to anticipate the role that higher education institutions (HEIs) will have in the post-Covid-19 period, evaluating the ongoing socio-economic transformations with regard to the nature of the skills sought.

This initiative also aims to assess how the higher education system can influence this transition process, as well as to identify and foster new approaches to the functioning and organization of HEIs, enabling them to respond to the challenges introduced by Covid-19, including innovative solutions in a collaborative way and networking, stimulating consortia for advanced training, research and innovation, HEIs with public and private employers.