The EDAM-UMinho marked the start of the semester for the MIT Portugal Program Doctoral Program in Leaders for Technical Industries with an Inaugural Lecture, last Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, in Campus of Azurém, Guimarães.

This inaugural lecture had as keynote speaker, Engr. José Manuel Fernandes, chairman of FREZITE, a national cutting tool engineering company. With the title “What do Companies Expect of a Leader for Technical Industries?”, José Manuel Fernandes shared his vision on how industry is changing in Portugal and how knowledge and leadership skills are critical for its evolution. With an emotional and enthusiastic talk, many were the questions raised by the grad and under-grad students in the audience. The EDAM-UMinho coordination offered to the participants two copies of the book “Caminhos do Exportador- Estratégias de Internacionalização” authored by the invited speaker.

The second part of the inaugural lecture was dedicated to storytelling. LTI students and UMinho faculty that had done visiting periods at MIT under the MIT Portugal Program shared their experience in the US institution. They told stories about their time at MIT, specially focusing on their experience in doing research, interacting with other faculty and students, and living at MIT and Boston area. Moreover, the storytellers were also asked about what they brought back to UMinho from their experience at MIT, and how it changed them. The different stories served as motivators for prospective students.

Overall, this was an event with a great feedback, which the EDAM-UMinho coordination intends to repeat at the start of each semester.

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