Interview with João Mira Gomes, Portuguese Ambassador about Magellan MBA from PBS

Interview

 

GISMA:

How do you assess the relations between Germany and Portugal?

Joao Mira Gomes:

I would characterise them as very good, particularly in the areas of politics, economy, tourism and sciences. The strong German commitment in the field of sciences brings not only investments to Portugal but also innovations from which the Portuguese profit substantially.

 

GISMA:

In which areas do you see German Portuguese cooperation as particularly successful?

Joao Mira Gomes:

Portugal has successfully gone through a process of reform which had entailed great burdens for the citizens. The present success shows itself in the economic growth and in the creation of new jobs. Germany has always stood with Portugal and has also lent great support in fighting youth unemployment.

 

Gisma:

What do you consider as the basis for German Portuguese relations?

Joao Mira Gomes:

I think that the similarities of interests in the international field as well as our European partnership constitute a firm basis for German Portuguese relations. Furthermore the two countries have strong economic ties. With its 13 % share in Portuguese imports and exports, Germany is the second most important trading partner of Portugal.

For more than 100 years German companies have been present with own production sites in the industrial part of Portugal thereby creating highly qualified jobs. They still rank first amongst the investors. Three German firms are amongst the ten largest Portuguese exporters. Particularly in the automotive sector the German engagement is very strong. Additionally there is very close cooperation in the areas of medical engineering, computer science and renewable energies. Portugal is also one of the most favourite travel destinations for Germany.

 

Gisma:

What about cooperation between Germany and Portugal in the field of education?

Joao Mira Gomes:

In 2010 a pilot school network has been founded between the Portuguese association of German teachers (APPA), the Goethe Institute and the Portuguese Ministry of Education. By now 36 schools in Portugal have joined.

Since 2012 Portugal has improved the area of dual education. At present there are 40 000 vocational students in dual vocational training. This number is supposed to increase to 100 000 until 2020. Two German Portuguese vocational training centres have been created in cooperation with the German business community and the German-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (DUAL and ATEC). Both schools have around 1000 students each.

Currently, there is a noticeable increase in demand in German classes at the universities and at the Goethe Institute. One of the reasons for this is an increased interest in job opportunities in Germany.

Besides that, the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Portuguese Ministry for Education have signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of education in November 2012 which has been extended for three years in June 2015.

Teaching the Portuguese language is an area in which Portugal - through the Camões institute for language and cooperation - and Germany invest heavily. Thus Portuguese language courses are offered as workshops in schools. In Berlin and in Hamburg there are two bilingual schools (German and Portuguese). During the next school year, Portugal will invest more into teaching of languages so that Portuguese language courses can be offered for interested adults in all major cities in Germany

 

Gisma: 

What would you like to see for future cooperation in the field of education in both countries?

Joao Mira Gomes:

To strengthen the cooperation of both countries further, particularly in the areas of education with the common goal of facilitating the best possible education for young people. With this new possibilities and opportunities should be created for young people to ensure career perspectives. Both countries will profit from this.

 

Gisma:

GISMA Business School has lately entered into a partnership with the Porto Business School and offers now the new “Magellan MBA”. Do you think that Germany and Portugal could profit from this cooperation?

Joao Mira Gomes:

Of course. Internationalisation is one of the most important goals of both countries. The partnership between the two renowned and internationally accredited Business Schools will enable young people to obtain an excellent education. Experts will be trained who will meet other cultures with respect and understanding and who will be able to render a positive contribution towards the positive development of both countries.

 

 

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