Digital Days: the gateway to the digital talent made in U. Porto

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Filipa Brito

The University of Porto continues to take its place at the top of the technological supply and the Digital Days initiative, by the Faculty of Engineering (FEUP) and the Faculty of Sciences (FCUP) of the University of Porto shows exactly that. The virtual fair happens from15 to 16 July with the goal of bringing together people and Portuguese and international companies on digital Talent.

Today’s society and almost all of our human activities are connected to the area of digital industry. This demand is rising, but there is a scarcity of digital talent that is common to all organisations. As such, this is the perfect opportunity for both national and foreign companies to assess how the digital market is in the region, while contacting with the academia in digital areas, in the numerous graduate courses and profiles offered by the University of Porto.

The Digital Days virtual Fair organises meeting between the tech companies and the U. Porto graduates in the digital areas, on 15 and 16 July afternoon. The fair includes webinars, chats with professionals, and discovery meetings with potential employers.

On 16 July, morning and afternoon are also scheduled to accommodate the Open Days of the Computer Science Department (DCC-FCUP) and the Computer Engineering (DEI-FEUP), where the benefits of training and research, as well as ways of collaborating with companies will be discussed.

The Digital Days initiative is supported by the AlumniEI, the Computer Engineering students association, as well as the Computer Sciences students Association (NuCC), and the BEST Porto and NIAEFEUP.

See here for information on the programme and applications.

It is worth mentioning that this initiative is one of the outcomes of a pioneer collaboration between the Faculties of Sciences and Engineering, which are jointly developing a new graduate course, whose highlight is the launch of the Graduate Course on Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and Computer Engineering and Computing, starting this next academic year.

It is a fact that the city of Porto has consolidated its position as an attractive destination for companies from all parts of the Globe, and this is true, to a large extent, because the University has also been able to train both highly skilled national and international young talents; also, the city offers a quality life that is above the average within the European Union, that enables the city to retain or attract such talent.

As regards digital areas, the academic community of the University of Porto is one of the largest in the country, with over 2500 students, enrolled in 30 graduate courses, master and PhD degrees. Of these, more than 500 graduates find a job within the sector in Porto, (25% of these graduates are women). In relation to globalisation, it is worth mentioning that 12% of the students in the digital area courses are foreign.

Some interesting trivia shows that the University of Porto was also a pioneer university regarding digital technologies at national level, as it has acquired its first computer in the end of the 1960’s. That innovative spirit still lingers in time – and it is safe to say that the U. Porto is also levelling its game – as the organisation in Porto in 2019, of the most prestigious computer programming competition in the world clearly demonstrates.