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Faculty from Different Portuguese Institutions joined the Faculty Exchange Program

Faculty from Different Portuguese Institutions joined the Faculty Exchange Program

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Estimated Number of Faculty Members who spent or shall spend at least one term at Carnegie Mellon.
The Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Program implemented in the Fall of 2009 a Faculty Exchange program, by which Portuguese academics can spend one term or more working on research and teaching at Carnegie Mellon to experience the atmosphere and culture of a top university in the United States. Carnegie Mellon professors are also given the opportunity to spend time in Portugal to engage in teaching, and research activities with local institutions of higher education and research labs.

In January 2010, five faculty from Portuguese institutions went to Carnegie Mellon under the Faculty Exchange program, namely: Nestor Cataño from the Universidade da Madeira (Uma), Jaime Cardoso and Ricardo Morla from the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Alysson Bessani from the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL), and João Xavier from the Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST UTL).

The goal of the Faculty Exchange program is to accelerate the adoption of best practices through cultural immersion giving the opportunity to adopt, adapt, propagate, and consolidate the best practices of top universities.

During their time, faculty members from Portugal are exposed to the same environment and working conditions as a colleague at Carnegie Mellon University. The visitor receives a formal appointment as a visiting faculty member, is hosted by a research group, joins the teaching team of a course (undergraduate or graduate level) in a specific area of interest, and is invited to participate in various activities. The same applies to faculty members of Carnegie Mellon who join a Portuguese university for a given period of time.

It is worth noting that the University of Coimbra has been sending assistant professors for extended stays at Carnegie Mellon since 2007 in the context of the Master program in Software Engineering . All together 6 faculty members participated in this effort. The faculty exchange program increased significantly the number of extended visits to Carnegie Mellon by Portuguese faculty members, who now come from many different institutions.
Statements in January 2010_

“One purpose of this action is to bring this experience to Portugal, helping to implement and consolidate same practices of teaching and research, adapting them to the Portuguese reality.” Jaime Cardoso (FEUP)

“Deepen the range of scientific contacts and collaborations at Carnegie Mellon and other U.S. universities through meetings, joint publications, and co-supervision of Ph.D students.” Ricardo Morla (FEUP)

“First, I want to gain teaching and educational experience from a top US University to be put in practice in the joint Master in Human Computer Interaction (MCHI) offered by Carnegie Mellon and the Universidade da Madeira. Second, I want to work closely with the people in the Carnegie Mellon Portugal research projects I am involved, and start new research collaborations in various research topics.” Nestor Catãno (Uma)

March 2010