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: