The University of Algarve will join, until the end of the year, the Impulso Jovens STEAM and Impulso Adultos programmes, which are part of a set of reforms and investments, carried out under the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR). The intention is to contribute to the increase of youth participation in higher education, the graduation of the population and the growth of research and development in Portugal, reinforcing the objective of convergence with Europe, over the next decade.
Thus, the Impulso Jovens STEAM programme aims to promote and support initiatives exclusively aimed at increasing the higher education of young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), in line with the new needs of the labour market.
The Impulso Adultos programme aims to support the conversion and updating of skills of active adults through short initial and post-graduate higher education courses in all areas of knowledge, as well as through lifelong learning.
Both initiatives, funded with RRP funds, aim to support initiatives to be developed by higher education institutions (HEIs), in partnership or consortium with companies, public and/or private employers and including municipalities and local, regional and national public entities.
According to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education – cited by Sul Informação last December – 22 million euros had already been transferred to the consortia led by higher education institutions for the implementation of those programmes. The amount transferred referred to 31 of the 33 contracts approved under the programmes and signed this month: 12.7 million euros earmarked for the Impulso Jovens STEAM programme and 9.3 million euros for the Impulso Adults programme.
By the end of 2021, and according to the ministry, “the remaining two contracts will be finalized and signed, one with the University of Algarve and another with the University of Madeira”, the news website also reported.