On October 5th Professor Paulo Ramísio, Pro-Rector of the University of Minho, was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a presentation on the Sustainability values in the University of Minho (UMinho) Institutional Strategy. The session was attended by the MIT Portugal Program (MPP) National Director and Professor at UMinho, Pedro Arezes, who is currently in Boston for a long term stay; Bruce Tidor, Director of MIT Portugal at MIT; Christian Prothmann, MPP Director of Research & Research Scientist; and several MIT and MPP students.

The presentation was focused on the sustainability policies implemented by the University of Minho and the work being done by the Institution - listed in the 400 Times Higher Education Ranking - which started, in 2009, a strategic reflection in order to incorporate Sustainability Values into its Institutional strategy. The session also brought up to discussion issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the strategic worldwide priorities and aspirations for 2030. After the commitment of worldwide Governments, it is now expected that all organisations will join this global effort. Higher Education Institutions play an important role in this task and in paving the way for a more sustainable future while supporting other institutions and communities into a sustainability leadership.

Paulo J. Ramísio is an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the Engineering School of the University of Minho. Since 2011 he is Pro-Rector for Infrastructures at the same University.

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