Portuguese Delegation visited Carnegie Mellon University to Discuss the Future of the Partnership

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education visits Carnegie Mellon to Prepare the New Phase of the CMU Portugal Program

A Portuguese delegation led by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, accompanied by the President of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Paul Ferrão, was at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), in Pittsburgh, on October 16 and 17, to develop the proposal for the next phase of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program. The objective is to strengthen the partnership with the American university, intensifying the collaboration that already exists with Portuguese companies and organizations. To this effect, the delegation included several companies, such as Thales and Outsystems.

José M. F. Moura, director at CMU of the partnership stated that “since 2006, the year of its establishment, the partnership between Carnegie Mellon, the Portuguese government and Portuguese universities has already generated a creative and fertile ecosystem on a global scale. As examples are the 11 startups that were born under the Program, and which have already created more than 400 qualified jobs in high-end technologies in the country and have attracted very significant foreign investment. It remains the objective of the partnership to establish itself as an agent of change, developing activities that reinforce the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation of Portuguese teachers and researchers, creating jobs of high quality and wealth in Portugal. "

During the two-day visit, the Portuguese delegation, led by Minister Manuel Heitor, that also includes, in addition to the President of FCT, those responsible for preparing the proposal for the next phase of the Program, professors Rodrigo Rodrigues and Nuno Nunes, and representatives of several national companies, among other personalities, have met with CMU President Farnam Jahanian, deans, department directors, professors, and heads of research centers linked to the areas of interest of the institutions that form part of the delegation.

On the agenda were also scheduled visits to research centers of American companies located in Pittsburgh, including Amazon, Uber and Disney.

October 2017