The partnership protocol aims to develop scientific research of the senior population and in particular the student population of Senior Universities (US), as well as to promote the literacy and knowledge of the student population about behaviors and characterization of the population in terms of mobility, digital habits , internet usage and others, such as big data and data science.
Of the multiple initiatives that are the subject of the protocol, the participation of PSE and RUTIS in research work, the provision of data for academic purposes, the creation of a group of sciences and others stand out.
One of the most relevant aspects of the partnership is the creation of the RUTIS-PSE Scholarship for higher-level research (master’s and doctoral degrees) on active aging and senior universities, whose applications are already underway for the 2021 edition.
According to Professor Doctor Luís Jacob, President of the RUTIS board of directors “PSE is a company that collaborates with several Portuguese Universities in the areas of Data Science and Advanced Research, so the protocol between them is an asset when it comes to sharing knowledge about this community. ”
RUTIS (Association Network of Universities of the Third Age) is a Private Institution of Social Solidarity (IPSS) and Public Utility to support the community and senior citizens, nationally and internationally, created in 2005. It currently has 368 Universities of the Third Age (ICUs) as members, more than 60,000 senior students and 7544 teachers, 90% of whom are university students at senior universities.