NOVA obtained approval for its Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) application thus securing a total funding of 12,895 million euros for the period 2021-2026. The amount is distributed among the components Impulso Jovens STEAM ( 5,432 million euros) and Impulso Adultos (7,463 million euros). The contract with DGES was signed on December 14, 2021.
The submitted application - “CIVIC” and “GLOBAL”! - which seeks to respond to the transversal concern of the RRP with sustainable employability in a constantly evolving world, is based on two pillars of NOVA's strategic plan for the next 10 years: CIVIC, promoting the values of inclusion, equal opportunities and sustainable development; serving the local, national and global communities where it is present; and bringing together organizations of all types in the development of collaborative agendas with impact; and GLOBAL, promoting global citizenship without borders between geographies, languages or cultures and acting as a factor of attraction of talent from all over the world.
NOVA’s application consists of two main projects that are transversal to the University:
(1) “Transformative Learning for Future-Proof Professionals” which addresses the skills gap emerging from the global challenges facing modern Western societies – climate change and environmental degradation; sustainability of health systems in the context of population aging and social exclusion - comprising three initiatives - NOVA Health Academy, Skills for the Digital and Ecological Transitions and Arts & Tech for Social Innovation.
(2) “Organizational Transformation for Academic Success and Employability” which carries out a transversal implementation at the University of student/participant-centered job creation strategies and systems, promoting inclusion and ensuring fair access to NOVA’s programme proposals and initiatives .
Both projects will contribute, within the scope of the RRP, to the programmes “Impulso Jovens STEAM”, whose objective is to increase the higher education of young people in STEAM areas, and “Impulso Adultos” aimed at supporting the conversion and updating of skills of active adults, as well as lifelong training.
The creation of the NOVA Health Academy, which undergoes a profound transformation of medical education and the creation of a global center of reference in health education, will include the redesign of the curriculum of the Integrated Master of Medicine and the development of a complete portfolio of postgraduate programmes and lifelong learning, upskilling and reskilling, which is expected to attract 50% of adult participants residing abroad. NOVA Health Academy is a strategic objective for NOVA through which it is estimated that 2000 people will benefit.
As part of Skills for the Digital and Ecological Transitions, with the creation of new undergraduate, master's, postgraduate and micro-credential courses, NOVA plans to train more than 1100 new graduates in STEAM* areas and provide training to close to 3200 adults in postgraduate and microcredential courses.
Short courses, masters, postgraduate and doctoral courses will also be launched in the Arts & Tech for Social Innovation area, estimated to benefit 1460 new students and adult participants.
In the context of the Organizational Transformation for Academic Success and Employability project, the STEAM Attractor Initiative will be created - a scholarships programme for the acquisition of lifelong skills in all STEAM areas, which will provide 0.95 million euros, between 2022 and 2025. Another of the project's initiatives - Student Journey to Academic Success and Employability - involves the development of structures for managing the student's path throughout life. With the Organizational Transformation for Academic Success and Employability, an annual impact of 1400 students is expected.
* STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathmetics
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