Orientation Day 2016 was held on September 17 at
Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics
Welcomes New Students with “Interface between Technology and Society” Workshop
Almost 30 students
accepted CMU Portugal Program’s (CMU Portugal) Orientation Day challenge for a
full-day event that took place on September 17, in Lisbon, under the theme “CMU
Portugal Program: at the Interface between Technology and Society”.
The event, which
is part of CMU Portugal’s annual calendar, marks the beginning of a new
academic year, welcoming the new students and introducing them to the
partnership. Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (CLSBE) was the
venue for this year.
||The Chairman of New
Energy Solutions, Jorge Vasconcelos, was the industry expert invited to deliver
the keynote, titled “The energy transition: how public policies and technology
create innovation – and how industry and society react”. The participants’ feedback
revealed a high level of interest in the keynote, conducted by one of the world’s
leading specialists in the area.The afternoon
agenda also included a roundtable moderated by the Coordinator of the CMU
Portugal Dual Degree PhD in EPP at FEUP, José Silva Matos, with the
participation of the PhD alumni Alexandre Mateus, Policy Analyst at the
European Commission, Paul van der Boor, Consultant at McKinsey & Company,
and Leid Zejnilovic, Assistant Professor at Nova SBE. The alumni offered their views
on the topic of the workshop, and shared their experiences under the CMU
Portugal partnership, as well as valuable advice to all the students that
attended the session.
started with the welcome words of João Pedro Covas, on behalf of CLSBE, and an
overview of the Program by the National Director, Professor João Claro. The
current PhD students Zita Marinho (CS-Robotics) and Jaime Bonnín (EPP)
followed, sharing their experiences in the program, and emphasizing key points of
the Portuguese-American partnership and lessons learned so far.
As usual on every Orientation Day, the morning was occupied with networking and cultural
activities. This year, CMU Portugal organized a visit to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum). The guests were treated to a guided tour and a
workshop, in which they had the opportunity to paint their own tiles, based on
templates of traditional Portuguese tile designs and their own drawing skills.