Office Hours with John Gardner featuring Manuel Joao Costa

Episode 68- Student Success in Portugal

Office Hours with John Gardner

Costa shares how he uses a scholarship approach to teaching to influence the lives of students. Join this discussion on collaboration and finding inspiration from other disciplines and countries in defining student success.

Guest Bio

Manuel João Costa is an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, and currently Pro-Rector for Educational Innovation and Student Affairs at the University of Minho and coordinator of the University of Minho’s center for innovation and development to teaching and learning (IDEA-UMinho). 

Manuel is a graduate in Biochemistry and holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, both from the University of Porto. Manuel’s teaching areas are biochemistry and molecular biology, and education in the health sciences. Manuel developed a passion for education after experiencing teaching, and has been devoting his academic life to development of learning and teaching and to institutional educational development, since 2004. His main interests now are organizational transformation of learning and teaching in higher education.

He is appointed member to the Learning and Teaching Steering Committee of the European University Association, the education committees of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies and delegate at the faculty development committee of the Association for Medical Education in Europe. Is also a member of the international Global Forum for Student Success. Throughout his career, Manuel invests in bringing together and supporting colleagues and institutions in higher education, to explore opportunities to collaborate, with the intention of improving student experience in higher education through the enhancement of learning and teaching.

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