A actualidade noticiosa

Consulta as principais notícias do Ensino Superior

11 de Novembro de 2019.

The History of Belgium

The name ‘Belgium’ is said to come from Belgae tribes that lived in the northern part of what was then Gaul around the 3rd century BC. Belgium is well known for its famous cuisine; its chocolate and waffles, but how much do we actually know about its history? There is a lot of speculation about where the Belgae tribes originated, but many scholars think that they started themselves. They were described as ‘the bravest of them all’ and Julius Caesar found it difficult to conquer them. It took him four years before he succeeded in 53BC. Caesar also found them very different to the other tribes in Gaul. Belgium was part of the Holy Roman Empire and remained part of […]
9 de Novembro de 2019.

Small Country with a Big History

Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.8 km². Officially known as the Republic of Malta, it is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km south of Italy, 284 km east of Tunisia and 333 km north of Libya. With a population of about 475,000 over an area of 316 km2 its makes Malta the world’s tenth smallest and fifth most densely populated country. Malta has been inhabited since approximately 5900 BC. Its location in the centre of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, with a succession of powers having contested and ruled […]
8 de Novembro de 2019.

Chumbos já não são uma realidade

“É muito importante que se perceba que a alternativa não é, nem pode ser, entre chumbar ou passar sem saber”, defende Maria Emília Brederode Santos, que pede estratégias para que os alunos aprendam sem terem de reprovar. Portugal é um dos países da OCDE com taxas de reprovação mais elevadas. O Conselho Nacional de Educação (CNE) defende que chumbar um aluno “não serve para nada” e acredita que combater esta prática não será uma porta ao facilitismo porque a ideia não é “passar sem saber”. Para a presidente do CNE, Maria Emília Brederode Santos, a recente polémica em torno do programa do Governo de reduzir ao mínimo os chumbos no ensino básico não pode ser vista como um quadro a preto e […]
8 de Novembro de 2019.

Mutação genética atrasou Alzheimer

Uma mulher colombiana pode ter escapado ao seu “destino genético” de perder a memória por volta dos 40 anos — uma mutação genética comum na região conduzi-la-ia à doença; outra mutação genética “salvou-a” da demência. Uma mulher colombiana que quase de certeza viria a ter a doença de Alzheimer escapou ao seu destino genético – em vez de começar a ter sintomas de demência por volta dos 40 anos, como acontece com o resto da sua família, tal só aconteceu três décadas depois. A resposta está na mutação genética rara no gene APOE3ch, chamada Christchurch (esta mulher tinha duas destas mutações raras no seu ADN, uma só não seria suficiente para impedir o desenvolvimento precoce da doença), e o caso […]
7 de Novembro de 2019.

The Radboud University

The best “traditional university” in the Netherlands Being located in Nijmegen, the oldest city of the Netherlands, the Radboud University was founded in 1923. Nowadays approx. 20.000 students study in seven different faculties: the Faculty of Arts, Law, Medical Sciences, Management, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Science and the Faculty of Social Science. Since the university is focused on international research in several fields, most master degrees are taught in English, whereas most bachelor degrees are taught in Dutch. One could name numerous note-worthy alumni of this university, but the most notable would probably be Frans de Waal. After graduating in Primatology and Ethology in 1970, he became very well known for his research in primate social behaviour and the […]
7 de Novembro de 2019.

Relatório de Saúde 2019 da OCDE

Último relatório Health at a Glance da OCDE indica que 67,6% da população portuguesa acima dos 15 anos tem excesso de peso ou é obesa. Tabagismo, consumo de álcool e obesidade são os três principais factores de risco para doenças não transmissíveis, que mais contribuem para a mortalidade em todo o mundo. E segundo o relatório Health at a Glance 2019, divulgado esta quinta-feira pela Organização para a Cooperação e Desenvolvimento Económico (OCDE), Portugal destaca-se precisamente na obesidade e aparece em quarto lugar, juntamente com a Finlândia, na lista dos países que apresentam a maioria taxa de população com excesso de peso quando comparado com a média da OCDE. Assim e de acordo com o mesmo documento, 67,6 % da […]
6 de Novembro de 2019.

Fósseis de criatura em Portugal

Há cerca de 480 milhões de anos, um grupo extinto de artrópodes marinhos – da família de insetos e crustáceos – agrupou-se em fila para atravessar o fundo do oceano. Há quase 500 milhões de anos, criaturas marinhas semelhantes aos percevejos da atualidade já tinham o seu próprio ritual social. Os fósseis recém-descritos revelam grupos de animais espalhados pelo fundo do oceano, todos alinhados, talvez para migrar em grupo, ou em reuniões de acasalamento. De acordo com dados apresentados pelos investigadores na Scientific Reports, os fósseis confirmam que os animais começaram a coordenar os seus movimentos no início da história evolutiva da Terra. Há cerca de 520 milhões de anos, as primeiras formas de vida desenvolveram órgãos sensoriais sofisticados, como […]
5 de Novembro de 2019.

O que os animais nos podem ensinar

Os animais são o assunto central da 7ª edição da revista Electra, da Fundação EDP, que analisa a emergência da causa animal nas primeiras décadas do século XXI. O tema é mais complexo do que parece e permite até alargar a discussão ao lugar dos seres humanos no mundo. Os animais fazem parte do nosso dia-a-dia mas há hoje uma diferença essencial no modo como os olhamos e falamos deles. Pouco depois de o cinema ter som, por volta dos anos 30, um conjunto de curtas-metragens denominadas Dogville Comedies dava “voz” aos animais na sétima arte, estima-se que pela primeira vez. Isso foi como que um prenúncio do que aconteceria no mundo real muito depois, sem efeitos artificiais, e derivado […]
5 de Novembro de 2019.

University For the Common Good

I attended Glasgow Caledonian University, in Scotland, where I studied business and tourism management. Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a very new university, it was founded in 1993, because of the merger of The Queen’s College and Glasgow Polytechnic. It is the third university in Glasgow, is located in the centre of the city and serves over 20 thousand students and 1500 staff members. There are also campuses in London, New York, and a college of engineering in Oman. The university’s chancellor is currently Annie Lennox, famous singer in Eurythmics, social activist and philanthropist. The chancellor’s role is mostly symbolic, she attends important events such as graduation. In most Scottish universities graduates are “capped” before receiving their degree, which means […]
4 de Novembro de 2019.

Ocean Cleanup chega aos rios também

Depois de conseguirem retirar plástico do Pacífico (com algumas críticas e atrasos), embarcações da Ocean Cleanup chegam a alguns dos rios mais poluídos do mundo. Objectivo é interceptar o lixo antes de desaguar no oceano. Não foi sem percalços na navegação, mas os navios da Ocean Cleanup chegaram finalmente à ilha do lixo do Pacífico Norte no início de Outubro. Agora, o holandês Boyan Slat ouviu algumas das críticas feitas ao seu sistema de limpeza de plástico dos oceanos e virou-se para um dos principais caminhos do lixo: os rios. “Para livrar os oceanos de plástico, nós temos tanto de limpar a ‘herança’ [o lixo que já está nos oceanos] como fechar a torneira, evitando que mais plástico chegue aos […]
19 de Setembro de 2019.

An Europe for the next generations

With Brexit, the refugees all over Europe and the climate change big things are happening as I write.  The next Elections to the European Parliament are held from the 23rd till the 26th of May 2019. Especially, at the moment it is really important to go voting.  To create a Europe where we would like to see our grandchildren grow it is urgent to go to these elections. But not only vote which is an important task what everyone of us should to, but also to start thinking about the environment. People of Europe have one of the biggest ecological footprints all over the world. Something, what we shouldn’t be proud of. It would not be hard to reduce that! […]
25 de Agosto de 2019.

Erwin Kräutler

An Austro-Brazilian Roman Catholic bishop and also a writer. Erwin Kräutler was born 1939 in Koblach Austria where he grew up as the eldest of six children. In 1980 he was appointed coadjutor prelate of Xingu, the largest diocese in Brazil in terms of area. Upon the resignation of Erich Kräutler, who was his uncle, he became Prelate of Xingu in September 1981. Between 1983 and 1991 and since 2006 he served as President of the Indigenous Missionary Council of the Brazilian Catholic church. Since the 1980s he has helped secure the inclusion of indigenous peoples’ rights into the Brazilian constitution. Especially in the resistance to the Belo Monte dam project, he played an important role. In his book “Mein […]
14 de Agosto de 2019.

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt, born in July 1862, is an Austrian painter and one of the most famous representatives of Viennese Art Nouveau. He was born and raised in Vienna, where he lived with his six siblings and his parents. Because of a studentship he was able to study from 1876 until 1883 at the Vienna School of Decorative Arts. After University he opened an independent studio specializing in the execution of mural paintings. His early work had a classical style that was typical of late 19th century academic painting, as can be seen in his murals for the Vienna Burgtheater. In 1897 Klimt´s mature style emerged and he founded the Vienna Sezession, a group of painters who revolted against academic art […]
17 de Junho de 2019.

The European Union in my country

The next Elections to the European Parliament are held from the 23rd till the 26th of May 2019. At the moment 751 Members of the European Parliament represent the 28 member states with more than 512 million people. Because of the Brexit, the European Parliament voted in February 2018 to decrease the number to 705 members. With the exit of Great Britain the European Union faced some problems. At the beginning a lot of other countries thought about to follow Britain and also leave the EU. The parliament showed a lot of challenges the Brexit brings and because of that they could avoid it. Although there was a petition for a referendum my home country always was commonly for staying […]
14 de Setembro de 2018.

Bludenz: my home before Madeira

About the life in a small town between alps. Since I am born I life in Bludenz, which is a small town in the western part of Austria. With 15.000 inhabitants it is the smallest town of the federal state Vorarlberg. It has an area from 29,94 km², an elevation of 588 meter and it lies at the meeting point of five valleys. During summer Bludenz is a popular hiking and mountain-biking resort. In the Brandnertal for example there are a lot of different tours and since 2014 there is also a single trail on the Muttersberg. Bludenz is also a great place to stay if you like hiking. It is the meeting point of several valleys as e.g. Walgau, […]