Portugal Aims to Modernize With Help From the U.S. | Fischer, Karin | Chronicle of Higher Education | 17 September, 2010
The article discusses Portugal’s efforts to promote economic growth by investing in scientific research and development at its higher-education institutions. The article mentions the University of Coimbra’s relationship with several U.S. universities, such as Carnegie Mellon University and the Harvard Medical School, to engage in research and academic exchange programs. Government spending has increased in these fields due to a commitment by the country to become a knowledge economy through innovation in science and technology. Relationships between Portuguese and U.S. universities have brought jobs to the country, attracted high-achieving students, and attracted business investments, but leaders fear funding from the federal government may decrease.