“Active Learning” the Focus at Annual EDAM Education-Research Meeting

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Improving student learning was the topic at hand during an intensive workshop for Portuguese faculty from the MIT Portugal Program’s Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) focus area September 25–26, 2009.


The workshop, “Improving Student Learning and Knowledge Retention,” was led by MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory Associate Director Dr. Janet Rankin at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. The participants—27 faculty members from the EDAM consortium institutions, including the Engineering School of the University of Minho, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, and Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon—were joined by several faculty from MIT Portugal’s Sustainable Energy Systems focus area institutions.

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Visiting Faculty from Portugal on MIT's Innovation Teams Class

Saturday, 10 October 2009

A Springboard for Catalyzing the Innovation Ecosystem in Portugal

visiting_pt_faculty_i-teams_fall_09_web2.jpgMIT Portugal recently spoke with three Portuguese faculty currently visiting MIT: Ana Teixeira, Frederico Ferreira, and Luísa Ferreira Lopes. They are in Cambridge to take part in the MIT Entrepreneurship Center’s Innovation Teams course – in which students develop commercialization strategies for cutting-edge technologies – and to bring lessons learned back home to their respective Portuguese universities. The i-Teams approach is a cornerstone of the curriculum developed by MIT Portugal’s Bioengineering focus area, which has so far facilitated nine faculty visits to MIT to observe the course. (The Bioengineering focus area organizes a “Bio-Teams” competition in Portugal each July that draws directly on MIT’s i-Teams approach.)

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MIT Portugal Students and Graduates Qualify for MIT Alumni Association Affiliate Status

Saturday, 03 October 2009

If you are a student in or graduate of the MIT Portugal Program, you are entitled to Affiliate status in the MIT Alumni Association, an organization that boasts more than 120,000 members worldwide. The granting of Affiliate status by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors in the spring of 2009 reflects the continuing integration of MIT Portugal into the MIT community.

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MIT Course Demonstrates MIT Portugal's Integration of Education and Research

Saturday, 03 October 2009

By Maya Abou Zeid, Ph.D.

maya.zeidFrom 2007 to 2009, Maya was the lead MIT educational coordinator in MIT Portugal’s Transportation Systems focus area and worked with MIT and Portuguese faculty to organize and evaluate that group’s CTIS and PhD Programs. She earned her PhD in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the summer of 2009. Her thesis was on transportation modeling; specifically, developing methods to measure travel well-being. Maya is now on the faculty of her undergraduate alma mater, the American University in Beirut.

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MIT Portugal Welcomes New Students as 2009-10 Academic Year Gets Under Way

Sunday, 20 September 2009

The MIT Portugal Program’s 2009–10 academic year has begun with numerous inaugural academic and team-building activities. Also, the start of classes for 143 new students.

ay_0910_start_2c.jpgThe new MIT Portugal students – who have embarked on Ph.D. and master’s studies in cutting-edge areas of bioengineering, advanced product design and manufacturing, and energy and transportation systems – reflect the truly international nature of the Program. In addition to 91 Portuguese students, many of whom claim international degrees or work/research experience, 52 (36 percent of the entering group) are international students who have arrived in Portugal from elsewhere in Europe, or from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or the Americas.

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