The President of the Republic said today that Portugal has already sent “700 Cristiano Ronaldos” to the United Kingdom for research fields and considered these young cadres to be the future of the centuries-old Portuguese-British alliance. This position was conveyed by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in a speech he gave in English, at the end of a visit to Imperial College London, after the speech of the British Minister of Education, Nazim Al-Zahawi. and Dean of the Institution of Higher Education, Francisco Veloso.
Addressing the British minister, the President of the Republic thanked him for his participation in the session “on Saturday”, and expressed his pleasure to know that the executive member of Boris Johnson is a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United played by Bruno Fernandes. “But I want to tell you that we have sent not just one, but 700 Cristiano Ronaldo to your scientific community. We have sent many and I am sure some of them will help you greatly. The Head of State added, still in the same letter to the British Minister of Education.
Specializing in engineering, natural sciences, medicine and economics, Imperial College London is included in the list of the best universities in the world for research. It currently has 155 students and more than 100 Portuguese professors and researchers, but more than 1,200 Portuguese have passed through the institution, of whom nearly 600 are currently in Portugal.
Among the former students is Portugal’s former Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education Manuel Heitor, who completed his PhD in mechanical engineering in London. At the university, Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business, has been recruited in 2017 from Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics and specializes in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Earlier, in this session, the British Minister of Education spoke about the long and historic Portuguese-British alliance and the Treaty of Tagil between Portugal and England, which will be 650 years old in 2022. Then the President of the Republic commented, “Indeed, there is a deep reason for this alliance long term between the two countries.
“Alliance [luso-britânica] It was very important to the independence of Portugal in the 14th century, and then again in the 17th century. But our alliance is not from the past and has a passport for the future,” he said, before pointing to the young researchers present at the session. “This is the future of our alliance. They are building the future of our alliance,” the head of state insisted, then referring to the current international situation.
“This alliance between Portugal and the UK is very important right now, especially at this very difficult time in our history when it is very important to trust someone and when it is very important to make sure that someone trusts us. That is the case,” stressed Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, saying that he was speaking from a “political, strategic, military, economic and financial point of view”.
“You are [cientsitas portugueses] She is really good.”
In his brief speech, the President of the Republic also praised the “strong British community” residing in Portugal. Then he addressed the Portuguese students and scholars again: “Dear fellow countrymen, you are really good, not only because you are Portuguese – of course this is important – but also because you live in a great power. The United Kingdom is a great power and always will be. But we are also a world power, albeit it in a different way.
In his speech, the British minister acknowledged that “international students bring new ideas and perspectives to a host country like ours”.
“International higher education is one of our priorities as a government, and I know it is also a priority for the Portuguese government. I am very proud that nearly 2,000 Portuguese are currently working in the UK higher education ecosystem, and that there are more than 8,400 Portuguese students studying here in the UK “, He said.
He stressed that this renewed bilateral relationship “comes at a time when it has never been important for countries to unite in solidarity and friendship so that we can resolve challenges together constructively, and hopefully peacefully, on our European continent.”
According to Al-Zawahi, a decade ago the UK reached its goal of attracting at least 600,000 international students annually by 2030, having enrolled 605,000 students in British universities in the 2020-21 academic year.
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