UTAD’s Internal Quality Assurance System (SIGQ-UTAD) is responsible for ensuring the quality and continuous improvement of the institution, covering all the dimensions of its mission, for promoting and accompanying the implementation of Quality Management systems in its various by means of a continuous monitoring plan and participatory action, accompanied by all stakeholders, partners and stakeholders.
The principles for defining procedures and institutionalized mechanisms for systematic monitoring, evaluation and intervention for improvement are based on the Quality Manual .
SIGQ-UTAD is structured according to a model that is based on a process-based approach, ensuring the implementation of an institutional strategy for quality, adequate to its specificities, ensuring the adoption and compliance with the standards adopted by UTAD in the Strategic Plan.
The SIGQ-UTAD is composed of the Monitoring Committee, the Advisory Committee, the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Services Committee . The constitution and competences of the different Committees are set out in the SIGQ-UTAD Regulation.
The teaching-learning process is student-centered, encompassing the design and approval of the training offer, the processes of creation, alteration or discontinuation of study cycles and pedagogical training for teachers. The SIGQ-UTAD fundamental principles in teaching and learning process are the relevance of student participation, the existence of formal mechanisms for periodic monitoring of the teaching-learning process, and the availability and publicity of consistent criteria, regulations and student evaluation procedures.
The human and material resources allocated to research and development are distributed, for the most part, by the different research centers and poles. There is, however, some research activity carried out by teachers not included in these research centers or poles. The SIGQ-UTAD fundamental principles in Research and Development are the relevance of UTAD’s participation in research activities and the existence of internal and external quality monitoring mechanisms (FCT’s evaluation of research centers).
UTAD has an interinstitutional collaboration and community policy, enhancing all its resources, and reaffirming its role and its position as a reference institution, assuming the role of agent of territorial cohesion. The SIGQ-UTAD fundamental principles in inter-institutional collaboration and the community policy are the evaluation of the dimension of this collaboration, its nature and the stakeholders involved.
UTAD has defined the procedures and working instructions applicable to the recruitment and selection of human resources. The evaluation of the performance of teaching and non-teaching staff aims to diagnose and analyze individual and group performance of workers belonging to a particular sector, promoting personal and professional growth, and their insertion in the institution’s objectives.
UTAD has computer and communication services, classrooms and laboratories dedicated to teaching and research, spaces adapted to public presentation of academic acts and a Central Library. The needs of specific groups such as student and disabled workers are taken into account. The follow-up of the support services is carried out in a constant way, looking for their quality and adaptation to the need of the mission of the institution and timely correction of problems.
In the area of internationalization, UTAD’s activity is focused on promoting contacts with foreign HEIs and international publics in order to raise awareness of its educational and research offer. UTAD also promotes the mobility of students, teachers, researchers and other workers, and the reinforcement of network involvement, cooperation programs and national and international academic agreements. The institution develops projects and consortiums, involving several countries in Europe and the World, stimulating the internationalization of the institution. The SIGQ-UTAD establishes the activities, procedures and approaches to promote, monitor and evaluate the different dimensions of internationalization.