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An innovative project for the Internationalization of Portuguese Professional Higher Education

A project entitled “Internacionalização do Ensino Superior Politécnico Português” was approved for co-funding by the COMPETE-2020 Management Authority (PORTUGAL 2020; European Union – FEDER programme). This project was considered innovative by the evaluating committee and was designed to promote internationally Professional Higher Education (PHE) in Portugal. This paper provides a comprehensive presentation of the project and some issues, particularly related with its innovation and social engagement, are stressed. Also, some questions and reflexions are highlighted trying to stimulate a deeper analysis on internationalization issues and on the role of the project. The paper begins with a short presentation of the Portuguese Higher Education System, with a special focus on Portuguese PHE, followed by the project presentation. Some preliminary results, with critical analysis and assessment, are also presented.


Armando Pires    
CCISP - Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos


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