Research in Education and Community Intervention (RECI)

Mission and Goals

Mission

Science has a crucial role in the process of construction of a more equitable and democratic society. Our institution is increasingly being called to exercise a role in the social progress not only through the education/learning process but also exercising a particular social commitment enhancing the responsiveness of local communities.

Knowledge society, the leading role of science and technology - where universities play a leading role - and the globalization of culture, threatens and hinder social progress in underprivileged social groups and raises new forms of human exploitation. RECI aims to take, through research and intervention, a stand before these problems by representing and analysing the values of co-existence, social responsibility, citizens’ empowerment and contributing to the search for solutions.

Vision

To become a reference, national and international, in bridging through research and intervention, the needs of populations well-being and life quality. Scientific knowledge outreach directed to underprivileged groups would be a powerful instrument for people empowerment and self-development. It will also be a form of the social fulfilment compromise of scientists and their scholarship of teaching.

Research policy

  • Thematic focus in identified problems and needs of communities;
  • Participative approaches to problems and needs in terms of education, health and general welfare, particularly for the more vulnerable people’s groups;
  • Generate results, provide methods and tools useful at various levels: populations, public opinion and policy makers
  • Focus in knowledge transfer of results adapted to the comprehension levels of targeted audiences;
  • Motivate and generate purpose for change of target social groups;
  • Creation of links with national/international institutions as a way to reinforce research capacity and learning experiences.