LogoEUA has this week published a new report on the Portuguese higher education system, which has been prepared by a team of European experts. This report was carried out at the request of the Portuguese Rectors’ Conference (CRUP), with a view to appraising the Portuguese HE system, identifying challenges and making recommendations. It was presented on Tuesday (19 February) at a special event held at the National Council for Education (Conselho Nacional de Educação) in Lisbon. The Portuguese Secretary of State for Higher Education was in attendance, as was the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture. The audience of 100 included university rectors, polytechnic presidents, representatives of the quality assurance and research funding agencies, and teacher and student unions. The event received substantial press coverage.
The team’s presentation was followed up by overviews, provided by Portuguese specialists, of the latest developments in national quality assurance provision, knowledge transfer and regional development. The expert report focuses on two issues which have been the object of discussion for some time, but which the recent international rescue package and its attendant austerity measures have brought to the fore: the re-structuring of the higher education (HE) system and the rationalisation of the national course portfolio. Read more...