The University of Algarve (UAlg) recently launched a Doctoral College to promote the interaction of its doctoral students, with regional, national and international entities, especially outside the walls of the academy.
This college intends to give “an integrating answer” to the different doctoral programs offered at UAlg, in conjunction with the organic units and the research centers.
The mission is to "guarantee and promote the quality of training, as well as the development of professional skills" in its students, who respond to the needs of the Algarve region in terms of applied research and that lead to socially relevant innovation.
The activities to be carried out in this area also include advanced distance training, also contributing to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); impacting less favored regions.
Leonor Cancela, full professor at UAlg, was appointed director of the Doctoral College, which will be led under the supervision of Alexandra Teodósio, vice-chancellor for Research and Internationalization, with a coordinating committee that also includes doctoral students and researchers, in addition to of teachers with experience in doctoral guidance.
According to the vice-chancellor, “this is an emblematic project of the UAlg 2017-2021 strategic plan, which aims to attract the best doctoral candidates in the country and the world, as well as to improve the training offered, promoting their retention in the region” .
“The Doctoral College also allows the promotion of the development of transversal skills, academic integrity, ethics, scientific communication and entrepreneurship”, he adds, in a statement.
It is also intended to enhance the existing doctoral programs at the University of Algarve, with the joint offer of transversal training to students, not only in the scientific and technical domains, but also in the acquisition of skills, in the personal, social and professional domains, which will be transferable both to the ongoing PhD process and to an innovative post-doctoral professional activity.
In this context, one of the main foundations for the creation of this Doctoral College is the UAlg 2020 Activity Plan, which is fundamentally based on three major strategic objectives – education, research and transfer and community – and recognizes the relevance of doctoral training in increasing innovative activities in the region with potential application in terms of products and services, which increase the quality of life of the Algarve population.
The UAlg Doctoral College is part of the Research Support Unit (UAIC) and is articulated with the Alumni and Professional Departments Office (GASP). Annually, there will be a “UAlg Doctoral College Meeting”, with all doctoral students and supervisors, in rotation and in partnership with municipalities in the Algarve and companies, in the presence of international strategic partners.