The associative spirit helps to develop solidarity, the feeling of belonging, of inclusion, the spirit of mutual help, among many other dimensions of human development; becoming strategic in community building, especially a college, more comprehensive, tolerant and socially just.
The Students Association of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, AEFEUP, has already existed for more than 35 years and has as its center of action the promotion and defense of the rights of students, giving them a voice on educational policy discussions of higher education.
In order to best articulate their agendas, AEFEUP, as an internal structure, is divided into 4 areas:
Its responsible for the requalification and all interventions in the AEFEUP building, as well as providing logistical support to all other departments. The general secretariat also emerged from an internal restructuring at AEFEUP in which it was characterized by a greater focus on external communication from AEFEUP having thus been able to improve AEFEUP’s digital communication with the academic community.
In the area of “Activities” there’s the recreational and cultural department. AEFEUP also organizes countless recreational and cultural events throughout the year so that students can abstract themselves from routine and problems, live together and strengthen the friendships that they will carry throughout their lives.
AEFEUP believes in the importance of complementing the student’s curriculum path through courses, workshops and engineering competitions, thus giving them transversal skills. They also promote students’ early contact with the business community through job fairs and consultancy projects.