NOVA received the invitation electronically and immediately announced what was to come: "The President of the Aga Khan Network, Sulaiman Shahabuddin, is counting on his presence for the event:" Looking ahead: the role of partnerships in Portugal ". And there were plenty of reasons to be there: of the three cooperation and mobility projects presented, two are with NOVA University Lisbon. But there was more.
In front of a packed audience at the Ritz Hotel in Lisbon, cooperation projects were presented in Pakistan, where the National School of Public Health (ENSP NOVA) has two students doing placements in the health sector as part of an International Credit Mobility (ICM) project, and in Kenya, where academic staff from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (NOVA FCSH) are working in the field of communication, as part of that other national and international cooperation programme called Merging Voices.
Both are part of the Erasmus+ KA171 key action, and the Aga Khan Universities network has been partnering with NOVA since the 2018 edition. classes at ENSP NOVA, during the week of 19-23 June.
Another joint research project is being developed with the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT NOVA) to more effectively control malaria, with a particular focus on the recent outbreak in Sindh, in the Thata region, in partnership with the Government of Pakistan.
Founded in 1983, AKU is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and since the signing of an agreement in 2015, the university's ties with Portugal have continued to grow, with the network's global headquarters even being installed in our country.
In addition to NOVA, AKU's partners and collaborators in Portugal include Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Champalimaud Foundation and Universidade de Lisboa.