Manuel Heitor Visits Carnegie Mellon to Prepare New Phase of CMU Portugal Program
A delegation led by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education Manuel Heitor, accompanied by the President of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Paulo Ferrão, is visiting Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh on October 16 and 17, to develop the proposal for the next phase of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.
The objective is to strengthen the partnership with the American university, intensifying the collaboration that already exists with Portuguese companies and organizations. To this effect, the delegation included several companies, such as Thales and Outsystems.
In the note to the press, José M. F. Moura, CMU Portugal Program Director at CMU, stated that “since 2006, the year of its establishment, the partnership between Carnegie Mellon, the Portuguese government and Portuguese universities has already generated a creative and fertile ecosystem on a global scale. As examples are the 11 startups that were born under the Program, and which have already created more than 400 qualified jobs in high-end technologies in the country and have attracted very significant foreign investment. It remains the objective of the partnership to establish itself as an agent of change, developing activities that reinforce the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation of Portuguese teachers and researchers, creating jobs of high quality and wealth in Portugal.”