2011 MSE Welcome Session: “Our Expectations are that Students Meet Their Expectations”

 MSE 2011 Welcome Session

On June 9, 2011, the Universidade de Coimbra organized the 2011 Welcome Session for the newly enrolled students in the Professional Master program in Software Engineering (MSE). This session is organized every year by the MSE team and involves faculty, students, and alumni. 

The goal of this session was to give to the new students an overview of the Program, as well as to provide some advices about the proceedings and challenges that they will have during the program. The presentations were made by Marco Vieira, the coordinator of the Program, and by one current student.

“Our expectations are that students meet their expectations!” said Marco Vieira, coordinator of the MSE Program, adding that “we want them to learn not only to deal with projects and all the technical part, but to survive dealing with teams and to get the necessary skills to overcome problems.” Marco Vieira believes that this professional program helps to develop the country through industries and continues: “we need people able to change industry, and our MSE students are the right ones to do that - that is what we prepare them for.”

The session was held at the Department of Informatics Engineering at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC), and it was attended by several newly enrolled and current MSE students, alumnus, António Damasceno, faculty and staff, while two newly enrolled students participated in the session via skype. After the session, the new students visited the Department’s facilities.

The MSE is a dual degree program taught by the Universidade de Coimbra (UC) and Carnegie Mellon University, funded by the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). In five years, this professional master become a reference in some companies that usual fund the training of their collaborators, such as Portugal Telecom, Novabase, Critical Software, among others.

June 2011

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