UMa critically adopts new pedagogical, didactic and evaluation methods in order to respond to new requirements in the creation and consolidation of teaching-learning communities, which in turn, promotes the progressive increase of student autonomy as the creator of their own knowledge. Therefore, the assessment of knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes of students is closely linked to training objectives, with participation groups being planned for a critical analysis of the results and the promotion of a culture of quality. UMa offers faculty the opportunity to participate in training activities promoted by the Academic Development Centre, creating a space to present current and innovative teaching strategies, whilst providing optimal conditions for teaching performance.
UMa’s Research is an ongoing priority and rigorous expansion of knowledge frontiers, based on the establishment and development projects, groups, fields and research centres. We promote and encourage the collaboration of research groups with the national and international scientific community, thus contributing to solving problems in the globalized world. UMa promotes the convergence of research and teaching, especially in its 2nd and 3rd cycles of studies, in all areas of knowledge, based on methodological rigor, critical analysis, argumentative depth and intellectual freedom.
Other courses and training projects
UMa contributes to the strengthening of active citizenship, social cohesion and personal fulfillment, towards the consolidation of advances in diverse fields of knowledge, to transform the current society into a true knowledgeable society. Thus, we also have an offer targeted at the non-traditional audience, which includes groups with social expectations, family, professional and distinct academics from those of secondary school candidates. These courses have a more immediatist facet, responding to the many individual or institutional requests that they consider as an added value to lifelong learning and updating or acquisitioning new knowledge and skills.
UMa has a role in the cultural projection of the region where its inserted, assuming an essential role for cultural development based on promoting traditions, heritage and creating awareness to the processes of globalization of culture in real and virtual contexts. One of Uma’s bodies created for the field, the Culture Council, includes among its objectives established upon creation, the development of a cultural component of training, through the awareness and initiatives for the cultural promotion of the academy and the community in general. Inspired by a broad sense of culture, UMa aims to foster cultural expressions and creations that ensure communication, intercultural dialogue, mobilization and active participation in diverse sectors of society.