University Transition and Orientation Programme (Port-UIB)

What is Port-UIB?

Port-UIB is the University Transition and Orientation Programme, managed by a Joint Commission of the Regional Department for Education, University and Research and the University of the Balearics Islands which comprises members from both institutions.

The Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs is responsible for the programme, and the technicians that make it up are secondary school teachers on secondment to the Directorate General for Universities and a technician from the UIB admin and services staff. In turn, the programme is coordinated by a lecturer from the UIB.

The programme has an indefinite duration (yearlong) and its territorial scope of action is the Balearic Islands.

Structure and Staff

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos Building. University Campus
Tel.: 971 17 26 10 / 30 86
Miquel Amorós Puig 
Technical coordinator
Mateu Orfila Building. University Campus
Tel.: 971 17 24 36
Mateu Orfila Building. University Campus
Tel.: 971 17 20 27
Mateu Orfila Building. University Campus
Tel.: 971 17 20 27
Ibiza and Formentera Campus. Antic edifici de la Comandància Building
Minorca Campus. Can Salort

 Individual Advice and Guidance


Proves Cangur


Objectives of the Programme

Initial Objectives

  • Identifying services, programmes and activities linked to student advice, transition and reception at the university
  • Spotting any shortcomings in these areas, with a view to improving the information and advice the university provides
  • Adequately advising, collaborating with and supporting services, programmes, initiatives, etc.
  • And rounding the programme off by proposing new actions.

Current General Objectives

  • Spotting any weaknesses and aspects to be improved in all areas linked to information, communication, advice and transition to university, especially aimed at secondary schools
  • Designing and undertaking programmes and activities aimed at recruiting and welcoming students and promoting available courses whilst disseminating scientific, social and cultural knowledge and the research undertaken at the UIB
  • Promoting actions geared towards offering useful information and advice to secondary students and teaching staff (advisors, tutors, etc.), especially those that contribute to a smoother transition into university life
  • Improving communication and collaboration between the two levels of education - secondary and higher
  • Assessing and supplementing the programmes and actions that the UIB undertakes and/or proposes in relation to these objectives, as well as supporting them.

Target Group Characteristics

In its early stages, Port-UIB was aimed at three target groups:

  • Non-university students, especially those in high school stages (ESO and bachillerato) or VET programmes (who required, above all, information, motivation and guidance actions for continuing their studies)
  • Non-university students who had already started, or were about to start, their transition to higher education
  • University students and the UIB itself.

At present, target groups are:

  • Secondary school teachers
  • University lecturers
  • Secondary school counsellors
  • Compulsory secondary education students and bachillerato students
  • Students on higher VET programmes
  • Parents of secondary school pupils
  • The media
  • Society at large (especially those sectors of the administration linked to training and educational guidance, business associations with training and careers guidance departments, etc.).

Areas for Action

The main scope of action and objectives for these areas are as follows:

Secondary School-UIB Collaboration and Communication

Specific objectives:

  • Connecting secondary school and UIB teaching staff and ensuring communication between both groups
  • Facilitating coordination between non-university and university education.

Relevant activities (amongst others):

  • Information for educational guidance services (seminars for counsellors, confereces addressed to counsellors, tutors, teachers, etc.)
  • Website, mailbox, etc.
  • Conferences, etc.

Information, Student Recruitment and Guidance

Specific objectives:

  • Providing information and guidance for secondary school students
  • Promoting UIB courses
  • Promoting the UIB and its role as a higher education and top-quality research institution.

Relevant activities (amongst others):

  • Summer scientific and technical campus
  • Talks at secondary schools aimed at students and families
  • Open days aimed at students and families
  • Actions aimed at specific groups: professionals and students on higher VET programmes
  • Practical workshops at various faculties and university colleges (e.g. Demolab, Demotec, Arquodrom)
  • Cyberspace for secondary school students, student queries mailbox, campus virtual tour, POTUGame, etc.
  • Disseminating research conducted at the UIB.

In subsequent action plans, and for operational reasons, these initial areas for action turned into categories where different activities were grouped together.