Rensselaer and Instituto Superior Técnico of Portugal
Sign Collaboration Agreement
Rensselaer and the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of Portugal have announced an agreement to collaborate on a number of fronts, ranging from research to student and faculty/staff exchange.
The formal agreement, which grew out of a desire by both universities to strengthen the links for cooperation, will focus on science, engineering, and technology.
“As the nation’s oldest technological research university with existing ties and collaboration across the globe, we are delighted to begin cooperation with Instituto Superior Técnico on a number of fronts,” said Jonathan Dordick, Rensselaer vice president for research and the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. “With their strength in engineering, science, technology, and architecture, they are a natural match to work with us. For more than a century, and similar to our goals, they have immersed their students and researchers in an exciting environment that is geared toward solving global challenges.”
“This agreement is the result of an effective and very fruitful cooperation that has been developed in the last 10 years between the Institute of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (IBB) at IST and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer, which has involved joint Ph.D. and post-doctoral researchers and projects,” said Joaquim Cabral, director of IBB and professor of biological engineering at IST.
“Recently, an international Ph.D. program on ‘Bioengineering: Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine,’ coordinated by IST, was approved by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology,” Cabrall said. The participation of Rensselaer in this program brings their expertise and strength in biomaterials, tissue engineering, and nanobiotechnology to this effort as well as its international dimension, leading to a unique platform to foster new knowledge and scientific advances in regenerative medicine.”
Under the agreement, the two institutes will focus on the following areas:
- Promoting the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students
- Joint supervision of master’s and doctoral theses
- Exchange of faculty members and staff
- Collaboration in curricular development and establishment of undergraduate and post-graduate educational programs
- Promotion of joint research activities
- Organization and participation in joint research meetings and conferences
- Exchange of scientific materials, publications, and information
Under terms of the agreement, both universities will work together for at least five years.
Since its creation in 1911, Instituto Superior Técnico is the largest and most reputed school of engineering, science and technology, and architecture in Portugal. IST aims to give students and alumni the education and the knowledge tools to improve, to change, and to shape society through science, technology, and entrepreneurship. Currently, about 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend and conduct research at IST.