A group of people in conversation

British Tourist Authority

Tuesday 13 March 2018 -
10:30 to 16:30

UK higher education leaders are invited to discuss new collaborations with representatives from public universities in Portugal.

Over the last decade, Portuguese higher education institutions (HEIs) have undergone an intense process of internationalisation, with a notable increase in the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge and research, an increase in the international mobility of students and staff, along with real academic cooperation amongst HEIs. 

The upward surge achieved by Portuguese universities in international rankings has been very positive, with excellent results year after year highlighting the quality and consistency of Portuguese research and higher education. Despite the success to date, issues such as the internationalisation of curricula content, the development of intercultural skills, knowledge transfer and commercialisation, the domestic growth in EMI courses and institutional foreign language learning policies all require attention and further international cooperation. 

The UK’s higher education sector has always been a partner of choice and is uniquely positioned to assist in plugging capability gaps. Moreover Portugal is recognised as a higher education gateway between Lusophone (Portuguese is spoken by over 250 million people worldwide) and European countries, enabling significant opportunities for collaboration in Lusophone countries around the world.

The event is supported by the UK Embassy in Portugal and the Portuguese Embassy in London.


  1. Setting the stage – Impact of Brexit on Portugal/UK relationship in HE/Research/Knowledge;
  2. Aspirations for the future – Portugal’s HE internationalization strategy, its opportunities and challenges;
  3. Paving the way – the British Council and TNE in Portugal;
  4. Maximising impact – Collaborations in knowledge transfer.

Aims and objectives

  • Understanding the Impact of Brexit on Portugal–UK HE partnerships;
  • Discuss shared challenges and opportunities around collaboration and knowledge transfer; 
  • Initiate new collaborations and strengthen existing ones with a focus on TNE, curricula content, development of intercultural skills, knowledge transfer and commercialisation, domestic growth in EMI courses and institutional foreign language learning policies.

Keynote speakers

  • Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International (UUKi);
  • Speaker for CRUP (Council of Portuguese University Rectors);
  • Dr Emma Hennessey, Head Science & Innovation Network, FCO;
  • Philippa Gilbert (DexEU);
  • Kevin van Cauter, Senior HE Advisor Internationalisation, British Council

Who can attend?

Vice-Chancellors, Pro Vice-Chancellors and Directors of International are encouraged to attend.


For those interested in attending, please email Almut.caspary@britishcouncil.org.

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