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Parque de Serralves is open to the public, every day between 10 am and 7 pm

As of 15th March, Serralves Park is open to the public, between 10 am and 7 pm. The Park had closed in January, owing to the latest general confinement issued by the Government. These stressful times that ask us to balance work - either remote or in-person - and family, while trying to stay connected to relatives and friends, and whilst respecting physical distancing and confinement measures are not a walk in the park. Or might they be? Yes, Serralves Park opened to the public, on 15th March.

Porto City Hall promotes mental health care among its collaborators

Porto City Hall launched a programme to raise awareness on the issue of mental health among its collaborators, which is especially relevant in the ongoing pandemic context. Last week, it was time for the Municipal Police to undergo the workshop, at Almeida Garrett Municipal Library. “The current framework [of Covid-19] accentuated and exposed even further the importance of taking care of people’s physical and psychological health, with common and concerted responses”.

Building in Cedofeita is to become a student residence

The once service building in the complex of the Faculty of Pharmacy is now to be transformed into a student residence by the University of Porto. The public tender was launched on 11th March and the budget is circa 1.45 million euros.

HIV/AIDS testing free of cost in Porto: both mobile and stationary units also run this March

This March, the CAD VIH/SIDA Porto (Centro de Aconselhamento e Deteção Precoce do VIH/SIDA do Porto), which is the Counselling Centre for the earlier HIV/AIDS diagnosis, carries out HIV/AIDS screening actions, within its mobile unit and in the stationary unit. Check the timetable here.

Schools within the Porto Municipality network ensure meals and projects to suit children’s needs

There is a host service in place, in Porto, for those children with no support background in the household, as their parents are essential workers or cannot work from home. Keeping the quality of learning and teaching, even during the school remote system in place, owing to the pandemic, is a major priority of the Municipality of Porto. Currently, over 400 first graders benefit form a daily meal service; also, the educational programmes have been adjusted and adapted to the current needs.

Happy Women’s Day! In and out lockdowns, this day is still celebrated!

The University of Porto celebrates World Women’s Day with free online workouts. Zoom in and feel the good vibes.

University of Porto is among the World's Top Universities, again

The QS World University Rankings by Subject latest edition spotlights the University of Porto among the top 400 Best Universities in the world in 25 out of the 51 study areas assessed. The highlight is the enhancement of UP in the World Top 100 in Architecture, Sports, Civil Engineering, and a debut area is Management Information ranking at the 49th position. This year’s edition also marks the return of Psychology and Sociology to the elite ranking positions, according to the UP news release.

The Embassy of Ireland Lecture delivers “World into Word: the farm vision of Seamus Heaney”

This year’s edition of the Embassy of Ireland Lecture is themed “World into Word: the farm vision of Seamus Heaney”, and it will be held online owing to the ongoing pandemic. The lecture is scheduled for 11th March, at 6 pm, with invited lecturer Nicholas Grene, Professor Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin.

FEP and PBS earn international accreditation seal by Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Faculty of Economy of the University of Porto (FEP) and Porto Business School (PBS) earned the highest standards of excellence by the Association for Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB, a global non-profit association that brings together educators, students, and business to jointly train the next generation of great leaders.

747 applications received under the Porto Solidário support programme to target housing problems

Porto Solidário municipal programme received 747 applications between 19th January and 15th February. Thus far, 319 applications have been approved, of which 289 have already been granted support for a period of 24 months, worth 198.70 euros per application, on average. The analysis process is ongoing.