UAlg Clinical Simulation Center inaugurated by three ministers

This Wednesday, March 1st, within the scope of the “Government + Next” initiative




The Clinical Simulation Center of the University of Algarve was officially inaugurated this Wednesday, March 1st, in the presence of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Territorial Cohesion.

The inauguration took place within the scope of the “Government + Next” initiative

For the rector Paulo Águas, this structure will make it possible to do «more and better». The dean recalled the pioneers of the project and referred to the fact that the Health area had gained great expression at UAlg.

Recognizing that much has already been done, but that much more remains to be done, Paulo Águas recalled that «building a solid path implies relationships that are not easy, but complex, with the entire Health ecosystem, where there are many players and it is necessary to work together, knowing our roles, to have more Health in the Algarve, because in the end this is what matters».

The dean referred to the role of the University, recalling that it has a Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, a Higher School of Health, and that the Clinical Academic Center, a consortium between the UAlg and the CHUA, gave a great impetus to what at the University, emphasizing the importance of continuing to build this path.



Taking advantage of the presence of the Minister of Health, he recalled that the area of ​​Higher Education advanced faster than that of Health, referring to the future Central Hospital, promised when the Integrated Masters in Medicine course was created to underpin this project.

Ana Abrunhosa, Minister of Territorial Cohesion, considers that the Clinical Simulation Center makes a difference in the region and in the country. «This is an example of a project that not only helps to improve training, but also to internationalize the region», she said.

In his opinion, «there is no competitive economic activity without knowledge, without qualified people and without internationalization. In all these domains, the University is decisive».

Ana Abrunhosa also referred to an OECD report, which analyzed various regions and attractiveness factors, indicating the Technological Pole of the Algarve, where the Clinical Simulation Center was inserted, as one of the key pieces for the construction of a technological ecosystem that allows attracting investors and talent to the Algarve.



Therefore, he concluded, “as of today, the region has at its disposal a fundamental answer not only in teaching the clinical and surgical area, but also in attracting health professionals of national and international level”.

The minister also launched an appeal for unity and cohesion, highlighting the importance of working together.

The Minister of Health, Manuel Pizarro, began his speech by stating that «without knowledge and innovation there is no future».



Regarding the Algarve region, the minister considers it very important not to lose focus, praising the path taken by the University of Algarve, working together, towards a collective vision of the region, in a continuous strategy.

Finally, the minister congratulated the institution. «I leave delighted with the work they are doing», he said.

In the view of Elvira Fortunato, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, the «Simulation Center will make it possible to improve the health care provided, in particular to the population of the Algarve, and will expand and modernize the teaching of medicine and clinical research and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Algarve».



Elvira Fortunato considers that this Centre, «being a critical infrastructure for the operation of the integrated master’s degree in medicine and for supporting pre-graduate and post-graduate training, will serve as an incentive to retain and attract professionals in and for the region ».

The minister also focused on «the evolution of the training offer at the University of Algarve, which is also a reflection of the continuity of the policy of gradually increasing the number of vacancies in higher education courses in the area of ​​health, the evolution of the quality standards of the qualification offer with a view to increasing the attractiveness of the system, strengthening the quality of learning and acquired skills, as well as the diversification and modernization of medical teaching».


Photo: Mariana Carriço | Sul Informação


In a note, the University of Algarve recalls that the Clinical Simulation Center, among other objectives, aims to «provide the trainee with teaching in the clinical and surgical area, developing a critical and constructive vision based on multiple practices related to their training area academic, which involve physical and clinical examination, from the initial evolution of the disease, to the sequence of systematized care, passing through the plan of resources for each situation».

As part of the "Government + Next" initiative, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education also visited, yesterday morning, the Laboratory Experimental for Aquatic Organisms and the Laboratories of Fisheries, Biotechnology and Structural Chemistry at the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR).

The minister praised "the work carried out by the research teams, allowing them to focus their research on pressing issues such as climate change". This was followed by a visit to the semi-industrial bioreactor, whose main function is the production of microalgae.

In the early afternoon, he visited GreenCoLab, a collaborative platform between research and industry, whose research and innovation agenda is based on the exploration of macro and microalgae. It brings together several partners such as the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR), the Laboratory Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG), the University of Aveiro (UA) and five companies, Allmicroalgae, Necton, Algaplus, Sparos and Iberagar, which together form the GreenCoLab. This visit was also attended by the Secretary of State for Higher Education, Pedro Nuno Teixeira.


Photos: Mariana Sedge | Sul Informação