Freshmen from UAlg put their hands on the ground and planted native species on the Gambelas Campus

Activity included in the initiatives, promoted by UAlg, to welcome new students

About seven dozen new students who entered the University of Algarve took to the ground and planted 200 specimens of native vegetation, namely Cork Oaks, Retama, Coronilla and Lavandula, on the Gambelas Campus, in Faro.

This activity integrates a wide range of initiatives, promoted by UAlg, aimed at welcoming freshmen, providing them with unique and enriching experiences.

Mafalda Almeida, who finished the 3rd year of her degree in Marine Biology, was the “brain” of this operation, an ECO Campus and Montanha Verde UAlg initiative, which had the support of Zoomarine.

“When the fire occurred on the Gambelas Campus”, she recalls, “I was very sorry because this is an open-air space, used by students, which we miss! And this is what differs from many other universities.”

Therefore, he explains, “I thought that it would not only be important to replant what we had already had, but also to raise awareness and raise awareness of the problem of climate change. This is just a small local action, but it can influence larger communities.”

Undergraduate student in Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy, Nemis Garcia is Cuban and joined UAlg through an international competition. In addition to enjoying the country, the culture and the people very much, he considers that this type of initiative is worthy of appreciation because “they are a way of getting to know other students, they help to improve the environment and also because without nature we are nothing”.

Marina Ribeiro also just arrived at UAlg, she came from Lisbon for the Marine Biology course. “I think these activities are the best”, she confides, “even revealing that she came to UAlg because she has a reputation for organizing many practical and field activities”.

The student also mentioned that when I enrolled, I was immediately notified about the performance of various activities, such as the open day of the Surf Club, the seahorse itinerary, among others.

There are still open entries for the Seahorse Itinerary (among sculptures by Bordalo II), on September 24, at 15:00 pm. It is a guided walk and points on the QR-codes to get to know the Ria Formosa, the seahorse life cycle and preserve the surrounding environment.

This route between the Campus de Gambelas and Praia de Faro it is an 8 kilometer linear circuit, with transport included on the return trip. The meeting point is next to the seahorse sculpture by the artist Bordalo II, on the Gambelas Campus.

Also the activity “Sharing smiles for Faro V+”, on September 26, starting at 17:00 pm, has open enrollment. Students tour the city, stopping at the door of Santa Casa da Misericórdia, to share smiles with the institution's seniors. The meeting point is at the Penha Campus, next to the main entrance of the Instituto Superior de Engenharia (ISE).

The activities are free, but registration is mandatory. clicking here on the UAlg page