UÉ in Higher Education Consortium with project to strengthen digital skills in young people and adults

'Digital Sul + Ilhas' is a consortium made up of six Portuguese higher education institutions: Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA FCT, NOVA FCSH and NOVA IMS); Universidade de Évora, Universidade do Algarve, Universidade da Madeira, Universidade dos Açores and Egas Moniz. The free training courses in digital areas are supported by the Recovery and Resilience Plan, and are expected to cover 2,400 young people and adults in an increasingly digital labour market.

The "Digital Sul + Ilhas" consortium, made up of six Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (through NOVA FCT, NOVA FCSH and NOVA IMS), Universidade de Évora, Universidade do Algarve, Universidade da Madeira, University of the Azores and Egas Moniz - announces a pioneering initiative to strengthen training in digital areas for young people and adults belonging to non-TEAM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), supported by €2,393,855.28 through the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) - sub-measure "Strengthening Digital Skills". The training courses are free and start at the beginning of September.

The consortium's main objective is to offer comprehensive training in Audiovisuals and Media Production, Informatics, Computer Science, Electronics and Automation. The initiative aims to train 2,400 young people and adults, in line with the objectives of the "Investment Impulse More Digital". The consortium's wide-ranging offer aims to prepare participants for a labour market that is increasingly dependent on digital tools and ICT.

The consortium's project offers autonomous curricular units, organised into training modules that follow the logic of micro-credentialing, in accordance with the InCode 2030 benchmark of good practice, and which can be offered in a hybrid or distance format. These modules cover various areas, such as Digital Literacy, Computational Thinking, Programming, Digital Media, Multimedia Communication and Design, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Data Science and Analysis, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Fabrication.

In addition to the modules, the consortium offers a 30 ECTS postgraduate programme, with compulsory basic training in Digital Information Literacy, Digital Content Creation and Digital Communication and Citizenship. Students can also opt for Curricular Units in Security and Privacy and Technology-Based Solutions. This postgraduate programme aims to train non-CTEAM professionals to work with confidence in teaching Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

This project also supports the ecological and digital transition pillars of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), and promotes gender equality, opportunities and non-discrimination. By training young people and adults in digital skills, the consortium contributes to a more inclusive society that is prepared for the challenges of the digital future.

Published in 11.06.2024