From March 5 to 9, under the Erasmus + Staff Exchange programme, five members of the Sports Service of the University of Hamburg, Hochschulsport Hamburg, visited the Sports Centre of the University of Porto.
In October, the members of U.Porto Sports Centre (CDUP-Up) went to visit the University of Hamburg, now it was the turn of the German colleagues to visit the University of Porto.
Bruno Almeida, Director of CDUP-UP, commented: “This exchange of experience and staff, which is integrated in the internationalization strategy of our Sports Centre, is without doubt a learning that translates into an added value for both services.”
Over the week, University of Hamburg employees Jan Rosenthal, Karin Nentwing, Patrice Girow, Philipp Hatje and Marika Godemann learned a bit more about the operation of U.Porto Sports Centre.
The week began with a visit to the Rectory, where the pro-rector Fernando Remião and the CDUP-UP Director presented the sports services on offer. At lunch, the Director of International Relations Services, Bárbara Costa, welcomed the guests at the Círculo Universitário.
In the afternoon, the German colleagues began by visiting the sports facilities such as the University Stadium and then the sports complex of Boa Hora.
In the afternoon, they viewed the facilities at the other U.Porto campus, where the President of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Sport, José Oliveira, received and guided the guests through the faculty facilities. To finish the day, the members of the University of Hamburg were able to visit the Porto wine cellars.
In the two days that followed, the CDUP-UP prepared a visit to the Douro vineyard and, with the collaboration of the sports services of the University of Minho (U.Minho) and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), a visit to the sports facilities of both the Universities and to the cities of Braga, Guimarães and Vila Real.
The director of the U.Minho sports department, Fernando Parente, guided the Hochschulsport Hamburg staff through the university’s facilities, preparing a little surprise by taking them to visit the City of Football.
In Vila Real, Elsa Justino, administrator of the Social Services of UTAD, and João Ribeiro, director of the sports department, greeted the CDUP-UP and Hamburg representatives and guided them through the facilities of Active Gym / UTAD.
The week ended with brief presentations about some CDUP-UP good practice programs.
U.Porto, through the CDUP-UP, UTAD and U.Minho are part of ENAS (European Network of Academic Sports Services), a network of more than 120 members, contributing to the internationalization of the institutions and their sports services.
From the 23rd to the 27th of October, Hochschulsport Hamburg (University Sport Service Hamburg) was happy to host its first Staff Exchange and welcomed four colleagues of the University Sport Service at the University of Porto (Centro de Desporto da Universidade do Porto).
This exchange intended to contribute to the Internationalization Strategy of the University of Hamburg and for University Sport Service to grow in this field of interaction itself. The main goal was to talk about different experiences and exchange knowledge about work and common or different structures in both organizations.
The visitors were Bruno Almeida, Director of the University Sport Service of Porto (Head of CDUP-UP, Centro De Desporto, Universidade do Porto), Miguel Monteiro, UPFIT coordinator and sports facility manager, Daniela Viera, coordinator for competitive sports and sports facility manager and Catarina Sampaio, in charge of marketing and public relations.
The schedule was tight: Apart from getting to know the team of University Sport Service, the visitors got to see a little bit of the city. Everything started with a tour around the campus, followed by a presentation of the daily routine of the team and the used programs. Colleagues of the University of Hamburg and the University Sports Service of Porto had the chance to have several one on one conversations about the work itself, problems and general procedures.
Other than that, the Portuguese were able to look at the sports park, the three gyms, the rowing boathouse and the sailing club of University Sport Service. On the last day, everybody was able to get active together at the Indoor Beach Volleyball Center. At the final evening special guest, Dr. Torsten Szobries (International Department of the University of Hamburg) attended the event and presented the University of Hamburg and its extensive exchange programs. Afterwards, Bruno Almeida introduced the audience to the University of Porto with a presentation and short films.
We’ve not only learned that the days of the week are called 2a feira (Monday), 3a feira (Tuesday), etc., so the week starts with Sunday and no other day then Saturday has its own name. We were able to see that both organizations face similar challenges and very different ones as well. Most of those differences conclude through national circumstances, structures and the interaction between organization and university.
Sport is something that brings people together, activates and mobilizes them. It could play a very important role in external representation of universities and is a place for learning lifelong lasting skills. Simultaneously it can be used as a platform for conversations on further levels than just sports. This has been proved during our Staff Exchange.
Overall, this exchange was a great success, including many intense discussions, getting to know a lot of people and doing fun things in Hamburg. Hamburg’s team is very excited to be visiting Porto in the spring of 2018, but as well, is looking forward to similar exchanges with other ENAS member institutions in the future.
Adeus, até logo!
By Jörg Förster
Some more photos from Bruno and Jörg: