Campus and Community

Several generations of Alumni reconnect at annual dinner

140 alumni revisited Técnico for the annual dinner organised by the Alumni Association.

After a 3-year hiatus caused by the covid-19 pandemic, the Técnico alumni dinner returns with 140 participants. The event took place on January 18, at Técnico – Alameda campus (Great Hall).

At the entrance, the alumni were warmly welcomed by the current students. Identified by name and course, the alumni took the opportunity to wander in the main building’s corridors and visit the lecture halls.

The Técnico alumni have one thing in common – “the pride of having been Técnico students”. On one side, a group of five architects who got into Técnico in 2005 recalls the drawing teacher. An Industrial Engineering and Management alumna sat on a table behind recalls a concert by the Portuguese rock band Xutos&Pontapés, held at Alameda campus during the “Arraial do Técnico” Festival. Further back, another group of alumni talk about the organic chemistry endless classes by Professor Laurent (listen to the Técnico podcast “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” – Episode 20: The Organic Chemistry Laboratory), which delayed the get-together at “Cinema Império”.

The Técnico Alumni Association (AAAIST) was created in 1986 and brings together several generations of Técnico students. In 2012, the Association created a solidarity fund and, during this dinner, it was announced the creation of a Scholarship.

A conversation took place after dinner between engineers Cristina Fonseca (Co-founder of Talkdesk), Pedro Oliveira (Dean of Nova SBE) and Raul Galamba de Oliveira (Chairman of the Board of Directors of CTT), who shared their professional experiences. “Engineers can do almost everything”, either by “resilience”, which is one of the most essential entrepreneurial traits, as referred by the Co-founder of Talkdesk, or the ability to “build more things”, as highlighted by the Dean of Nova SBE, or the “skills learnt at Técnico”, as stressed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CTT.

The importance of the AAAIST scholarship was stressed several times during the event. The President of Técnico, professor Rogério Colaço, highlighted the importance of “not wasting talent”. Engineer Carlos Moedas, Mayor of Lisbon, emphasized “Técnico has a great concentration of talent”.

On May 2022, Técnico launched the Alumni Platform where former students can get reconnected and network.

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