Universidade do Porto Start’s a New Partnership with Carnegie Mellon
On October 23, 2012, the Porto Business School, of the Universidade do Porto, held a public event to launch the new dual degree graduate program in engineering and business between this School and Carnegie Mellon University. CMU's Ed Schlesinger and James Hoe joined the event.
The two-year program gives participants the opportunity of studying one year in Portugal at the Universidade do Porto (Porto Business School and Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto) and another year in the U.S. at Carnegie Mellon. Students are should meet academic requirements from both universities to receive a master's of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a master's of business administration ("The Magellan MBA") from Porto Business School. (http://www.pbs.up.pt/?page_id=9446)
"This new program builds on the long-standing relationship developed with the successful ICTI program (Information and Communication Technology Institute) in which Carnegie Mellon has partnered with a number of leading Portuguese universities," said Ed Schlesinger, Professor and head of CMU's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. "We have our first students enrolled in the new program, and we expect the initiative to grow as more companies globally seek the problem-solving, managerial and technical skills acquired through engineering and business studies provided by this double MS MBA experience," said Schlesinger.
Jorge Farinha, vice dean of the Porto Business school, said that "Bringing together Engineering and Business in this double degree program will be a major step toward preparing the next generation of highly skilled individuals that will be able to handle the most advanced technologies and related products while keeping at all times a business and managerial perspective. We expect to observe here the formation of a new breed of top engineers that are able to understand the language and practices of business and to effectively use soft skills such as communication, team management, negotiation or leadership to help companies achieve success in the marketplace in very complex organizational settings."
The event gathered CMU's Ed Schlesinger and James Hoe, Nuno de Sousa Pereira, dean of the Porto Business School, Jorge Farinha, vice dean of the Porto Business school, along with Sebastião Feyo de Azevedo, director of the Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Carlos Oliveira, Portugal's Secretary of State for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Allan Katz, U.S. ambassador to Portugal. The event included a panel discussion about "Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Education" with the participation of representatives from several national and international IT companies and entrepreneurs.