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.

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