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Feb. 19: Carnegie Mellon|Portugal Program Celebrates Success of Scholars at 2010 Diploma Ceremony

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Carnegie Mellon|Portugal Program Celebrates
Success of Scholars at 2010 Diploma Ceremony

PITTSBURGH—Sixty newly minted scholars from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon|Portugal Program, will be honored on Feb. 22 during a graduation ceremony in Portugal from the Universidade de Aveiro, the Universidade de Coimbra, the Universidade de Lisboa, the Universidade de Madeira and Carnegie Mellon University.

JLC SpeaksStudents from the classes of 2008 and 2009 will receive professional master's degree diplomas in a variety of disciplines, including information networking, software engineering, information technology and information security, and human-computer interaction.

"The program gave me a broader perspective on security problems and the developed solutions needed to address them," said Benjamin Duraes, who earned his degree in information technology and information security. "This program really gave me deeper knowledge to see problems and the repercussions these problems can create."

Other graduating students praised the program for providing a tool kit of problem-solving skills essential to competing in a competitive global economy. 

"I hope to have a chance to apply broadly the things that I studied because in the end, knowledge is only valuable if you make good use of it," said graduate Carlos Silva.

Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon said that he is looking forward to the diploma ceremony for students graduating from the joint program in Portugal.

"We at Carnegie Mellon are pleased and proud of the great progress we have made in Portugal. We have forged strong partnerships and established world-class educational and research programs, which are already contributing to Portugal's progress. There is no better indication of our success than the new graduates from our joint programs," Cohon said.

In October 2006, Carnegie Mellon and the Portuguese government, through its Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, entered into a long-term collaboration to significantly expand research and education in the area of information and communication technologies.

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Pictured above is Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon speaking at the diploma ceremony in Portugal.