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The Foundation of ST.Thomas University in Mozambique

'''From an early age, a profound desire was expressed in me to contribute personally to the development of the Mozambican people, considering the man as a whole. Human formation in its different aspects, cultural, academic, technical, but above all moral and civic, was one of the greatest objectives ever set.

On several occasions I have expressed this concern that our country cannot be considered totally free and independent until it reaches higher levels in education and training for its citizens, both in quantity and quality. The fight against the development allayed, at various levels, the proliferation of diseases whose cure becomes difficult only for lack of mastery of science and technology, dependence on the outside, in the economic, political, cultural and other branches, are, of the most important factors that have determined that I personally involved in the creation of conditions of education and education for the Mozambican people, especially for the most disadvantaged layers.

Although I acknowledge the effort that has been made by the Government of the country, it is certain that the path still to be taken is very long. Throughout my life as a priest, archbishop and cardinal, I have been called to come into direct contact with the most difficult part of our people. It was not by chance that I adopted as a motto for all my pastoral activity the phrase "SERVE AND NOT BE SERVED", because I understand that I am at the service of my brothers and not the other way around.

My nomination to Archbishop of Maputo opened doors for a deeper Knowledge of entities, Institutions and personalities from all around the world, allied to the easy of adaptation to the different environments in the in the universe of human diversity. I cultivated a lot of sympathies and in this I saw a great opportunity to put the interest of those that suffer the most above all else.

When sketching the creation of a Foundation with my name I had as assumptions:

a) The exposure of my image created over decades of service for others;

b) The opportunity to help those that are the most in need getting a more noble goal in life;

c) Avoid a large number of young people, still at a age to continue their formation, see themselves in the contingency of entering a world of unemployment due to lack of appropriate academic levels;

d) Use the Foundation as a collective person with a private law for the creation of a University that is the center of education and moral and civic teaching of Mozambican men;

e) To have a Foundation that will be a link of connection that any entity interested in this project eminently social may have space to participate;

f) To accomplish aal the activities connected to the Foundation only for the social character end, Pubic interest and not as a lucrative mean;

g) Cultivate the social solidarity spirit in all domains;

h) Help in the efforts for the absolute poverty eradication in our country;

i) Support the different initiatives of scientific, academic, cultural and investigation character.

 

As can be seen, the foundation pursues purposes that converge to the integral development of Mozambican society, cultivating a deep respect for the dignity of the human person as a whole and striving to eradicate absolute poverty.

As to achieve these objectives it is necessary to have a educated and educated people, I understood that I could not dissociate the Foundation from the creation of a University, not as being a higher education institution among many, but a space for increased scientific and academic knowledge based on rigor and specialization. The frameworks that will be formed should be endowed with solid knowledge, because the teaching they will benefit from will rule out any possibility of facilitation in the award of academic degrees.

The Foundation cannot be unrelated to the specific situation of the majority of higher education candidates. The state of absolute poverty in which the Mozambican people live should not in itself constitute an obstacle for emerging brains to have no space and opportunity to fully harness their abilities. Through the Foundation, mechanisms can be found to provide the necessary support to these young people and provide the country with higher education staff that they can then be proud of.

Its also important to remember that are many institutions and singular persons, nationals and foreign, that wish to cooperate in a more effective way in the efforts advocated by the Foundation. This one must create space and time to congregate all of the supports that will appear.

Finally, the Foundation will be a way to project the image of the country, internally and externally, taking advantage of the image created by one of its children.”

Cardenal Alexandre

Cardenal Alexandre José Maria dos Santos

Department of Ethics and Deontology

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Mission

Train Professionals with quality according to the Thomist Tradition of Scientific Research, Academic Excellence, Extensions in matters based on ethical knowledge, dignity of the human person and human rights.

Vision

To be a reference in the country in the education ofethics, God given dignity of the human person and his rights.

Objectives

1. The Department of Ethics & Ethics intends to constitute an innovative pole in the teaching of ethics in Mozambique, through the progress of research, teaching and the use of innovative pedagogical methods, with the aim of meeting the new requirements of training of the "new man". 2. The Department also considers its vocation not simply to acquire a collection of information and techniques or to prepare for a career, although these are important in themselves and useful for future leaders. The ultimate end of the Department is rather the full growth of the person who takes action – an action animated and guided by Christian values. 3. The Department's objectives are also: a) Revitalize the formative project of the University of Saint Thomas Mozambique– "teaching the mind and the heart"; b) To instill the ethical issue in the training of professionals from different areas of knowledge suitable for insertion in the work sector; c) Direct ethics to a transformative objective of the student in the sense of changing attitudes in respect for human life; d) To give historical approaches with an emphasis on the formation of moral character as the origin of good acts; e) Develop current and global themes such as global education for citizenship and mind education; f) To train ethics teachers in matters related to professional care and smoothness; g) Develop training for the scientific and technical improvement of ethics teachers and other professionals in the various branches and sectors of activity; h) Prepare the Code of Ethics of employees, professors and students of the University of Saint Thomas Mozambique; i) Encourage scientific research in ethics and culture and assume this as a means of training, problem solving with relevance to society and supporting the development of the country; j) Train professors and researchers necessary for the functioning of teaching and ethics research at The University of Saint Thomas Mozambique and for society in general; k) Carry out extension activities, mainly through the dissemination and exchange of knowledge; l) Spreading values to the university community and society in general; m) Disseminate documents and agreements related to human rights and ethics; n) Provide services to University of Saint Thomas Mozambique; o) Promote scientific, technical and cultural exchange actions with other national and foreign institutions; p)p) Strengthen Mozambican citizenship, Mozambicanity and national unity.

Department Public Relations, Cooperation and Protocol

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Mission

Promote bilateral cooperation relation between the USTM organic units and also between USTM with the institutions in accordance with the Thomist tradition of excellence, with the view to ensuring effectiveness and uniformity in the articulation with the various partners concerned, following the principles of Ethics and human Dignity.

Vision

To be a leader in the country and in the region in advisory, public relation, support and cooperation between the USTM and the other institutions.

Objectives

- Ensure that USTM Protocol standards are harmonised with those of domestic and international practice; - To advise the Rector of USTM on matters relating to Public Relations, Co-operation and Protocol with domestic and international institutions; - Organise USTM ceremonies and those that USTM conducts with other institutions; - Develop and coordinate partnerships with domestic and international institutions for the purpose of exchange and/or mobility of students, faculty and administrative staff; - Promote joint research partnerships with researchers from USTM partner institutions.

Department of Communication, Image and Marketing

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Objectives
Vision
Mission

Support the definition of USTM’s internal and external communication policy, disseminate the image of the USTM, vision, values and reinforce the role of building the dignity of the human person in the academic, scientific, extension and research environment.

Affirm UTSM and its Organic Units in the national and international context as a leading institution, reference and excellence in education, research and provision of quality services.

Reinforce and disseminate the image and identity of USTM (logo, graphic line, slogan, motto, etc.).

USTM Archive And Documentation Department

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Mission

Ensure conservation conditions, in order to allow fair and fast access to the documents, information and memory of the University, to serve as a source of historical and scientific research, thus collaborating in scientific, technological and cultural development.

Vision

To be a reference as documentation and information services of excellence in information management and in the provision of services to the university community and to society in general.

Values

Excellence and socio-informational and flexile responsibility.

Scientific Directorate of Research and Extension

Mission

Promote research and the production of scientific knowledge in the areas of interest of the country.

Vision
Objectives

To be a leader of excellence in scientific and technological research, as well as in the provision of advisory, consulting and extension services to communities.

Produce scientific and technological knowledge for the good of communities; Disseminate research products through publications and scientific events; Encourage and promote training activities for teachers, researchers in key areas for the socio-economic development of the country.

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