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Técnico and KPMG build strategic partnership

KPMG joined the Técnico Partner Network this Friday.

This Friday, 14th January, KPMG joined the Técnico Partner Network.

“If there is one thing that small open economies like Portugal cannot do, is to waste talent”, said the president of Técnico, professor Rogério Colaço. “Retaining top talent involves enhancing knowledge. The only way for a country to raise its economy is to value its innovation capacity, which relies on a strong link between industry and academia”, he added.

“Becoming a member of a partner network is much more than financial issues. It’s about building a trust relationship that can benefit both”, said professor Rogério Colaço.

The CEO of KPMG Portugal, Vítor Ribeirinho, also highlighted the importance of the industry-academia link. “Técnico is the largest and most prestigious school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal, and it is highly-reputed worlwide. KPMG is also a global company and we like our partners to grow globally”.

“We will launch a technological platform that will promote and support the development of innovation at KPMG, which is also accessible to our partners. This means that we can simultaneously challenge the internal structure of our company and our partners to increase and promote innovation”, shared the CEO of KPMG Portugal.

Vítor Ribeirinho also highlighted the creation of a low-code centre of excellence in Portugal, which “is an excellent example of what a global scale organisation in Portugal can do: to attract talent who will work in different geographies at the same time, from Portugal and from a Portuguese company”.

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. In Portugal, KPMG has offices in Lisbon and Porto with more than 1000 employees. The company combines innovative approaches with long-standing expertise providing exceptional services to its clients.

The creation of a low-code centre of excellence in Portugal was announced by the company at the end of 2021. This initiative is a co-investment between KPMG Portugal and KPMG global and should result in the hiring of 200 people this year.