The City Council of Faro approved the allocation of a total amount of 317.090 euros to the University of Algarve (UAlg) to reinforce and increase up to 96 vacancies in the integrated master's degree in Medicine, by the year 2025.
According to the municipality of Faro, the decision was approved in a meeting of the Chamber, on January 5th, and stems from a program contract concluded between UAlg, the Association for the Development of the Academic Center for Biomedical Research and Training of the Algarve (AD-ABC), the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, through the Directorate-General for Higher Education, and the associated municipalities of Algarve Intermunicipal Community (AMAL).
The program contract “Extending and modernizing the teaching of medicine and biomedical research at the University of the Algarve” provides for the “allocation of six million euros to the University of the Algarve, in five years (from 2021 to 2025)”, and is also financed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and by AMAL.
To this end, the municipality of Faro will contribute with annual transfers in the amount of 63.418 euros.
The signing of this program contract thus embodies “another additional investment by the municipality in promoting quality in health care provided to the population, as well as in strengthening educational offers within the scope of higher education”.
«In addition to reinforcing the affirmation of the University of Algarve as a higher education institution of reference at the national level, we hope that this increase in the number of places in the Medicine course will help to contribute to the resolution of the known health needs in the region» , says the president of the Chamber of Faro Rogério Bacalhau, adding that «it is crucial to train more and better health professionals and establish them in the region».
«However, and despite this being a fundamental initiative for our region, to which we could not turn our faces, we cannot fail to warn of the lack of response from the Central Administration in more and more areas that are within its sphere of competences. , as is also the case with Higher Education, in which it has been successively replaced or complemented by local authorities», the mayor also considered.