The government is investing another four million euros in a program to combat underachievement and dropout in higher education, with a second round of funding for institutions in Lisbon, the Algarve, the Azores and Madeira.
The budget for the second phase of the Program to Promote Success and Reduce Dropouts in Higher Education has been announced by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES), which in a statement explains that the amount is “intended to support the fight against dropouts.” and failures in higher education.
This time, initiatives developed by public and private higher education institutions from the Lisbon metropolitan region, the Algarve and the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira will be funded.
In the first phase, which ended at the beginning of the year, 24 institutions were funded with around €6.6 million from the so-called convergence regions (North, Center and Alentejo), as the funding was guaranteed by the European Social Fund. through the Operational Human Capital Program.
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“In this second phase, the government intends to continue encourage the development of mechanisms to support the academic integration of new students and contributing to its success by introducing innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods, as well as strengthening self-learning and collaborative methods,” the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) said in a statement.
Aimed primarily at students entering higher education for the first time, the leader emphasizes that it is “an unprecedented initiative to promote academic excellence and combat dropouts”.
“While Portugal’s dropout and failure rates are below the OECD average, MCTES considers it a priority to promote the quality and relevance of teaching in higher education institutions,” it said in a statement.
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The launch of the funding notification will be presented at a seminar on the topic “Academic Success and Dropout Prevention in Higher Education”, which will take place at the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal. The session will present several projects funded in the first phase of the program, as well as the results of projects on predicting failures and failures using artificial intelligence, developed at the Universities of Tras os Montes and Alto Douro, Porto and the Instituto Politécnico do Cávado and Ave.
Also present will be Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education Elvira Fortunato and Secretary of State for Higher Education Pedro Nuno Teixeira.