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After four months away on a mission, the NRP Sagres has yesterday, October 29th, returned to Lisbon. The sailing ship will be docked at the Alfeite Naval Dockyard.

Staying there for just a few days as it will be headed to the Algarve. From September 5th to the 7th, it will be docked, for the first time, in Faro´s Harbor, as celebration for the local holiday.

Tourists and locals will be able to visit this which is the most well know Vessel in the Portuguese Navy. In service since 1962, in its many trips it, it has landed in 171 ports in 61 countries.

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Portugal’s investment in knowledge, creativity and innovation stimulus, constitute a priority for the Portuguese Government. Materialized, among others, by defining public policies in the field of internationalization, involving the areas of Science, Technology, Higher Education and Foreign Affairs.

In Portugal, Higher Education, Science and Technology have been experiencing an unprecedented internationalization process, reaching acknowledgement in several different levels. Among others, a 119% increase in the number of foreign students in the last 8 years. A 74% growth of the number of PHD holders between 2000 and 2010. The Portuguese scientific production saw a 35 fold increase in the previous 25 years. And the Portuguese Higher Education Institutions reach each year higher and higher spots in the most prestigious international rankings, 7 degrees in the TOP of the Shanghai Ranking in 2018.

Intent on promoting knowledge and the internationalization of the Science, Technology and Higher Education Systems, the Portuguese Government has launched the Estudar e Investigar em Portugal / Study & Research in Portugal Initiative. Encompassing a platform to spread awareness of the national institutions, projects and activities related to the Higher Education, Science and Technology.

Study & Research in Portugal is a fundamental instrument for promoting the internationalization of the country in fields such as scientific diplomacy, tourism, mobility, the economy, heritage, language and culture.

One of the goals inscribed in the promotion plan of the Study & Research in Portugal Initiative specifically targets the Portuguese communities abroad. Getting them to know what the Higher Education, Science and Technology System in Portugal today represents. Being an alternative, and opportunity, to study or research, invest and promote further knowledge, developing innovation of international reference. The Portuguese Emigrants and their most direct relatives abroad may apply to the Concurso Nacional de Acesso ao Ensino Superior (National Higher Education Access Procedure). Having for the purpose a number of reserved vacancies, totaling 7% of the overall spots. For more information about eligibility, requirements and application procedure, please visit the following link.

This past Monday saw the arrival, at the Santa Apolónia Cruise Ship Terminal in Lisbon, of the world’s biggest Residential Yacht, the World, which houses nearly 200 families who can now visit the Portuguese capital city.

This Cruise is only one of hundreds that make landfall in Lisbon every year, and the numbers of this kind of tourism have witnessed a steady growth in recent years. According to data from the Porto de Lisboa, the Lisbon Port Authority, in the first 6 months of 2018, 148 cruise ships have landed in Lisbon, bringing with them more than 220 thousand passengers, a 15% increase when compared to the same period last year.

Now that Summer and the High Season have started, these numbers are forecast to keep its growth trajectory. In 2018 350 cruise ships with 600 thousand passengers are expected. If these numbers are confirmed it would be a 15% increase when compared to 2017.



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