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Social Responsibility

If we continue to teach a reductionist, hyper-specialized science that is blind to global problems, we cannot expect from the new scientists the complex intelligence needed to solve the ethical and technical challenges of globalized modernity.


François Vallaeys President of the Latin American University Social Responsibility Union (URSULA), in “Green Book on Social Responsibility and Higher Education Institutions” ORSIES - Observatory on Social Responsibility and Higher Education Institutions, p.11, SA PRESS FORUM - Communication Social 2018

The dynamics of Social Responsibility of organizations have assumed increasing relevance in the institutional context.

Today, it is a mandatory requirement for an organization to reflect and take care of the impacts of its existence, maximizing the positives and nullifying as much as possible the negatives. The ethical urgency of the present encourages us to make an assertive and transversal change in the role of academia in society as well as in professional and scientific training, research, development and service delivery.

Each organization is called upon to fulfill its commitment to the community it serves, and the Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) responsible and aware of its mission, promotes and encourages a set of initiatives  that are achieved:

. in a democratic, transparent and accountable executive;
. ethical guidelines in the processes of management, organization and training;
. effective respect for human rights through the adoption of inclusive policies, respect for gender equality and consequent non-discrimination and diversity;
. promoting educational success and fighting school dropout;
. developing strategies that promote employability and lifelong learning.

The Polytechnic of Porto has the mission of training socially responsible citizens, who use their knowledge for the benefit of society, contributing to the construction of a better world.

MORE THAN THE WORLD'S BEST INSTITUTION, P.PORTO WANTS TO BE THE BEST TO THE WORLD.