Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Government of Portugal signed a cooperation agreement to extend the successful CMU Portugal Program for an additional 10 years.
CMU Interim President Farnam Jahanian joined the Portugal Minister of Science, Technology, and Higher Education Manuel Heitor and Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa at a signing ceremony in Matosinhos, Portugal, on February 15, 2018, to celebrate the partnerships between academia and industry in Portugal’s innovation economy. The event was titled, “GoPortugal: Global Science and Technology Partnerships Portugal.”
At the signing, Rodrigo Costa, CEO of REN, emphasized the role and impact of international partnerships like the CMU Portugal Program in the internationalization of the Portuguese research enterprise. The signing ceremony was followed by six topical workshops jointly organized by CMU and Portuguese faculty members with 150 active participants from industry and academia.
Phase III of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program focuses on the data economy, emphasizing data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and autonomy. This phase will promote industry-technology relationships as agents of change for social and economic impact, fostering collaborations with cities, regions, and companies that are strongly invested in the program. As the program moves forward, the focus on high-impact science will be augmented by an agenda that leverages the strategic geopolitical position of Portugal in the Euro-Atlantic region, while also prioritizing the advancement of post-graduate education, research, and the employment of doctorates. In particular, Carnegie Mellon will be a partner of the Atlantic International Research Center (AIR) launched by the Portuguese government as a multinational platform for new North-South/South-North Atlantic interactions in the areas of climate, land, space, and ocean.