Doctorates on the Rise

According to a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the number of doctoral graduates has increased worldwide within the last 20 years. The majority of these graduates are from countries in OECD, of which Portugal has been a member since the ‘60s. The report also noted that the distribution of degrees has changed, with over half awarded in STEM and health fields. These increases can be sourced to large emerging economies, like India, in addition to changes in the higher education landscape.

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OECD referenced increasing digitalization in schools and internationalized research. These changes bode well for Portugal, as Portuguese institutions focus on global educational cooperation, including gaining international students. This upward trend will likely keep increasing in the country with the news that polytechnics can award doctorate degrees.

Politécnico News

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.

Students have more options for graduate studies in Portugal.

Students have more options for graduate studies in Portugal.