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Thales and Instituto Superior Técnico strengthen partnership

The protocol that formalises the company's permanence in Técnico Partner Network was signed this Monday.

A protocol renewing the cooperation agreement between Thales and Instituto Superior Técnico was signed this Monday, July 19, in a hybrid ceremony held at Alameda campus. Five years after Thales had joined Técnico Partner Network, and as a result of several successful joint projects and knowledge exchange, the two entities decided to extend and strengthen the partnership.

“Thank you for being our partners, for supporting our students and the IST career weeks, for helping our students to enter the job market, for supporting them with scholarships, and for sharing knowledge”, said the president of Técnico, professor Rogério Colaço.

Philippe Valéry, Vice President Strategy and Partnerships of Thales Technical Directorate, joined the virtual session via Zoom, and stressed Thales’ long tradition of collaboration with academic partners. “Relationships with universities are very important in Europe and around the world, and also to attract new talent to our teams”.

Engineer João Araújo, chairman of the Board of Directors at Thales Portugal and Técnico alumnus highlighted “the link between academia and industry is a key factor today. It allows us to be closer to both sides and to be increasingly successful”.

In December 2015, Thales and Instituto Superior Técnico signed the first cooperation protocol that aimed to develop research projects in common areas of interest, including transport and security.

Thales is a global high technology leader investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations — connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technology — to build a future we can all trust, which is vital to the development of our societies. Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries, and provides solutions, services and products that help its customers —businesses, organisations and states — in the defence, aeronautics, space, transportation and digital identity, and security markets.

The Thales Group presence in Portugal includes Thales Portugal and Edisoft. Thales Portugal develops its activities in the railway and mobility sectors, and Edisoft develops and integrates critical systems for the Aerospace and Defence markets.

Since 2000, Thales Portugal teams have been present in more than 20 countries, operating in important projects, contributing to the development of mobility in countries such as Brazil, Turkey and Panama.