On May, 21, Polytechnic of Leiria signed a collaboration protocol with Irish higher education institutions: Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), for joint PhD programmes. The signing ceremony was held in Leiria, at Biblioteca José Saramago do Politécnico de Leiria, streamed through the link: http://on.ipleiria.pt/MoU_Ireland_PT_live. The formal signing counted with the virtual presence of the reprsentatives of both Irish institutions and the intervention of Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education. and in Dublin the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor.
These PhDs are part of the European network Regional University Network – European University (RUN-EU), led by the Polytechnic of Leiria. This year will be created 10 vacancies for graduates of the Polytechnic of Leiria, covering a wide range of scientific fields. The PhD available will have a four years duration program, and students will spend, per year, six months in Ireland and six months in Portugal, couting with a co-supervisor of the Polytechnic de Leiria and a co-supervisor of AIT or LIT to develop the research program,.
RUN-EU network will promote the future and advanced skills necessary for social transformation across the European Union. The institutions will develop several actions allowing students to attend difrent international programs.
The mission is to promote economic, social, cultural and sustainable development of the territories covered by the network, providing the necessary skills so that students, researchers and regional agents can successfully face the challenges of the future. This consortium aims to be a dynamic agent for the social transformation of regions, promoting active citizenship and leading the creation of a new multinational interregional alliance (European Interregional Development Zone)