Director of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, José Manuel Lopes, challenged the new students to be responsible and capable of transforming the world. New students join the Communication, Psychology, Social Work and Tourism courses.
“We propose a life project so that you are well-prepared people”. The phrase was delivered by the director of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University - Braga Regional Center, José Manuel Lopes, yesterday at the II Welcome of New Students for the 2023/2024 academic year.
In front of an audience, José Manuel Lopes stressed that “citizenship and doing good in the world begins with being well-prepared people. Our responsibility is to be prepared to transform the world into a better world.”
After listening to the testimonies of two former students of the Catholic University (Marta Calçada, technical director of Casa do Professor, and Rui Dantas Ferreira, Marketing Operations manager of Sporting Clube de Braga), the new students participated in an action with the blogger Sofia de Castro Fernandes.
The author of ‘At 9 on my blog’ alerted students to the use of some tools considered essential for communication in all areas.
“I intended to bring you some messages about how we can work on empathy, manage moments of anxiety, or how we can help each other. I believe it makes perfect sense to use these tools from the first year of university”, highlighted Sofia de Castro Fernandes.
Another moment of welcoming new students was the presentation of the project ‘Católica In! Innovate to Include’. This project aims at the integration and academic success of 1st year undergraduate students, through various actions that allow monitoring of integration into academic life.
The project is based on the implementation of 4 actions aimed at the development of Peer Mentoring and Teacher Tutoring mechanisms, comprehensive training of students at risk, in conjunction with the various institutional measures underway at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
The session ended with a get-together (‘sunset’), organized by the Student Association of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
Most of the students present take Communication, Psychology, Social Work, Portuguese Studies and Tourism courses.