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Message from the Rector to the U.Porto students

We copy here the email sent today by the Rector to the studentsof the University of Porto, regarding the evaluation modalities to be implemented in this second semester of the academic year 2019/20.

Dear Students,

I hope you have had a few days of rest during the Easter holidays and that you are now healthy and strong for the 2nd semester study activities.

We are all experiencing very demanding times and of high unpredictability. However, we all rely on the ability of our healthcare professionals and researchers who are trying to thoroughly and accurately understand the characteristics of this virus, so as to find effective treatments in the future.

As a University, we are doing everything to ensure the quality of the training of all students in this distance learning format, counting with great dedication from our Professors and, above all, with the students’ commitment, to whom we sincerely wish the greatest academic successes.

We know that evaluation dimension concerns students and that they are waiting for clear and reliable instructions on the modalities to be applied this semester. It is precisely for this reason that we have not yet made any decisions, which may not be definitive and would create greater instability over your study and learning process.

The uncertainties about the evolution of the pandemic and the restrictions to individual mobility show that, at this time, it is unwise to move forward with decisions that might need to be changed. We believe that learning should not be conditioned by such decision taken at this moment, on a single modality of evaluation, as it is the quality of learning, even in these conditions, the greatest benefit you take from the University. The evaluation will only confirm and compensate your learning efforts, whether in person or at a distance. What I can promise you now is that we will do everything we can to make sure that the final assessment modalities are adjusted to the circumstances we are experiencing and to the public health conditions after the period of classes has been concluded.

As with secondary school students, as soon as there are clear guidance from the Directorate-General for Health or MCTES regarding the predictable pandemic’s evolution in June and July, as well on the plans for resuming at least some type of in situ education, we will announce which assessment modalities will be adopted at U.Porto, both for national and international students. Naturally, the students’ individual circumstances will be duly taken into account in such a decision, which will certainly not leave anyone without an evaluation.

We ask your understanding and collaboration, certain that we seek the best for all the U.Porto students and for their future.

The University of Porto Rector,
António de Sousa Pereira

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