The government of Portugal signed a memorandum of understanding with network technology company Cisco earlier this month to increase the country’s digitization. The aim of the two year partnership, according to Prime Minister António Costa, is “to create a sustainable innovation ecosystem that will enable our country to better compete in the global digital economy.”
The partnership has a wide spectrum of goals with an emphasis on education and entrepreneurship. To optimize education, they plan to teach students digital skills and create ‘smart schools.’ A collaboration with StartUP Portugal will support tech startups and help them achieve international expansion. The third priority is digital transformation of the Public sector, making government platforms more efficient.
This program follows the Portuguese national initiative Indústria 4.0 that was expanded at the 2017 European Commission Digital Day. The Commission is working to coordinate and fund national digitization efforts across Europe. International students will play a role in both plans. Investments that Portugal, Cisco, and the EU make in technology and digital industry will encourage international, diverse entrepreneurship and ensure that students are trained for the jobs of the future.