Minho University wants to widen partnership with China to technology and involve companies

15 September 2006

Guimarães, Portugal, 15 Sept – Minho University, which was this week visited by China’s deputy education minister, Wu Qidi, wants to widen its partnership with China to science and technology and involve Portuguese companies in the project.

The aim was announced by the University’s dean, Guimarães Rosa, who said that the interest shown by the Chinese authorities was recognition of the work developed by the Portuguese university, particularly its “level of internationalization, scientific activity, quality and relevance of its role in development.”

Since July the University of Minho has housed the Portuguese Confucius Institute and maintained active partnerships with several universities in China.

According to Guimarães Rosa, the partnership with China “which is already well developed in the fields of culture and language,” and the aim is now to “extend that link to the science and technology sector,” in which the university is recognized in Europe for information technology and software.

During the two-day visit, Wu met with several technological research centers at the university, with the aim of finding out about the work carried out by each of them.

Wu was accompanied on her visit by members of the Chinese University in Lisbon and several people responsible for the Education and Finance sectors. (macauhub)