Representatives of the Portuguese partner universities, MIT, FCT, and the Portuguese government have had an increasing number of meetings to constructively discuss and assess ideas for a potential future phase of collaboration within the scope of the MIT Portugal Program. Last May, following previous meetings at MIT, MIT Portugal in collaboration with the Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and the Council of Rectors, hosted a delegation from MIT to further enhance the discussions on the vision, lines of action and affiliated initiatives that could be further developed in the future.

The MIT delegation was headed by Richard Lester, Associate Provost at MIT, where he oversees the international activities of the Institute. Richard Lester was accompanied by Dava Newman, Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering; David Miller, Jerome Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and Douglas Hart Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

MIT Portugal would like to express its gratitude to the over 50 faculty members and companies’ representatives that have participated in this two-day event. The high level of participation of the interlocutors and the discussion that followed was highly appreciated by the delegation and a clear indicator of the relevant role that MIT Portugal has played in the academic and business communities but also the areas where this partnership actions can be more critical in the future.

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