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.
UTAD’s research and development agenda focuses on the development of new ideas, new products, services and processes, based on interdisciplinary and systemic approaches, in a science pull response logic, generating economic benefits. based on a strategy of promoting open access to scientific publications and data and taking into account the development of the European Research Area.
Main concerns are the consolidation of the research centers and the Doctoral College, internationalisation, the reinforcement of attractiveness & connectivity and fundraising.
On the other hand, it is vital to improve the impact of research on territorial development, supported by the promotion and participation in national and transnational consortia, which act in concert through interdisciplinary or system approaches, pursuing ambitious goals and attracting new sources of research financing.
In this scenario, it is crucial to reinforce the intervention capacity at all stages of the innovation chain, training and valuing the researchers and the structures that support them.
Achieving this goal must be based on innovative regional systems, based on collaborative networks involving internationally-renowned R&D units, the business fabric and other organizations. The main focuses are articulation with the Science and Technology Parks Network, in particular with Regia Douro Park, the creation of collaborative networks and laboratories and the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Os recursos humanos e materiais afetos à investigação e desenvolvimento estão distribuídos, na sua maior parte, pelos diferentes Centros e Polos de Investigação. Há, contudo, alguma atividade de investigação realizada por docentes não enquadrados nestes. O SIGQ tem como princípios centrais na Investigação e Desenvolvimento a relevância da participação da UTAD nas atividades de investigação e a existência de mecanismos de monitorização da sua qualidade, internos e externos (avaliações pela FCT dos Centros de Investigação).
Human and material resources devoted to research and development are mostly distributed among the different Research Centers. There is, however, some research activity carried out by teachers in external R&D units.. The main principles of SIGQ in Research and Development are the relevance of UTAD’s participation in research activities and the existence of internal and external quality monitoring mechanisms as FCT Research Centers’ evaluations.
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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.
The entire Academy also has Social Services that provide economic and social support, being certified by ISO 9001: 2015.
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.