Earlier this month, the Council of Ministers followed OECD recommendations and ruled that politécnicos can award doctorate degrees. This is big news for international students; previously, only universities could award PhDs.
This new plan is partially to encourage polytechnics to improve their science and research capacity, as reported by minister Manuel Hitor. It places conditions on polytechnics, like increased Research & Development activity and high evaluation by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. The Council also authorized a new type of one year master’s degree.
Eventually, these moves will increase the number of higher degree holders in the workplace. This is a great opportunity to study abroad in Portugal! International students looking to earn their doctorate degrees have even more institutions to choose from.