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Primeiros resultados de "O Sistema Político-Partidário em Portugal visto pela DIÁSPORA PORTUGUESA"
on Monday, 23/12/2013 —

Estão agora disponíveis os primeiros resultados do estudo "O Sistema Político-Partidário em Portugal visto pela DIÁSPORA PORTUGUESA" de André Corrêa d'Almeida e Nuno António, e podem ser encontrados em: http://cgsd.columbia.edu/files/2013/12/Diaspora-and-the-Political-System-in-Portugal_Part1.pdf 

A esta primeira versão agora disponibilizada - por enquanto apenas em versão inglesa - irão seguir-se duas outras componentes a ser divulgadas em Janeiro e Fevereiro e que apresentarão os resultados obtidos da participação de 1073 residentes em 59 países diferentes.

Lançada a discussão estão todos convidados a participar enviando quaisquer comentários/contributos oportunos para o email: ac3133@columbia.edu

2º Fórum Anual GraPE
on Tuesday, 10/12/2013 —

Caros membros,

No dia 21 de Dezembro será realizado o 2º Fórum Anual de Graduados Portugueses no Estrangeiro, que conta com a organização conjunta da PAPS (Portuguese American Post-Graduate Society), PARSUK (Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK) e AGRAFr (Association des Diplomés Portugais en France). Este evento terá lugar no Porto, no Auditório da Fundação de Serralves, a partir das 14h00. O objectivo principal é a promoção de uma interacção e discussão entre os graduados portugueses em Portugal e no estrangeiro, sob o tema ‘Migrações científicas: ir e voltar’.
Cartaz Forum GraPE
Nesta que é a segunda edição deste encontro, contamos já com a presença confirmada de tão excelsas personalidades como Vasco Trigo (jornalista), Carlos Fiolhais (físico), Maria da Graça Carvalho (eurodeputada), Peter Villax (dirigente na indústria farmacêutica), Nuno Ferrand (biólogo) e João Teixeira Lopes (sociólogo), bem como o Sr. Secretário de Estado do Ensino Superior, o Prof. José Ferreira Gomes. Toda a informação actualizada sobre esta iniciativa pode ser consultada em grape.pt.
Convido-vos a juntarem-se a este encontro. Poderão inscrever-se online em http://www.grape.pt/registo.

Abraço,

João Ribas
PAPS President 

[PAPS-DC] Boas Festas!
on Monday, 09/12/2013 —

A neve e o gelo da tempestade Dion não impediram a PAPS-DC de se encontrar para celebrar a época natalícia no último domingo, dia 8 de Dezembro. Mesmo com algumas baixas (e outros tantos que não figuram na foto pois só tardiamente nos lembramos da foto de grupo - as minhas desculpas!), o convívio prosseguiu num ambiente festivo mas familiar que tantos associamos ao Natal. Tal não teria sido possível sem a extrema gentileza da Mila Freire e do Doug Frey que, mais uma vez, foram os nossos anfitriões para o encontro PAPS-DC de Dezembro. Muito obrigado por abrirem as portas de vossa casa e, tão amavelmente, receberem o nosso grupo!

Our newsletter is out! Oct-Dec 2013
on Wednesday, 13/11/2013 —

Dear members,

The October-December edition of the PAPS Newsletter is out!

Download the October-December 2013 edition here. Also, don't forget to see, for the first time, our video newsletter - https://vimeo.com/78508312.

We hope you enjoy this issue, and we count on your help to make PAPS grow!

Best regards,

PAPS Executive Committee Team

Our newsletter is out! Oct-Dec 2013
on Wednesday, 13/11/2013 —

Dear members,

The October-December edition of the PAPS Newsletter is out!

Download the October-December 2013 edition here. Also, don't forget to see, for the first time, our video newsletter - https://vimeo.com/78508312.

We hope you enjoy this issue, and we count on your help to make PAPS grow!

Best regards,

PAPS Executive Committee Team

 

[PAPS DC] I Jantar Anual c/ Embaixador João Vale de Almeida
on Monday, 04/11/2013 —

No domingo, dia 3 de Novembro, a PAPS DC organizou o que se espera vir a ser o primeiro de muitos jantares anuais. Contando com 36 participantes, este terá sido o maior encontro alguma vez organizado pelo nosso núcleo local. Como orador convidado, recebemos o Embaixador João Vale de Almeida, chefe da Delegação da União Europeia aos Estados Unidos da América, que nos actualizou sobre a Parceria Transatlântica de Comércio e Investimento (TTIP).

[PAPS-DC] NOPA-PAPS Happy Hour
on Tuesday, 22/10/2013 —

On Monday, the October 21st, PAPS-DC met with NOPA (the National Organization of Portuguese-Americans) for a happy hour where, perhaps for the first time, English was more widely spoken than Portuguese. Conversations flew as usual, though, and pretty soon everyone was entangled in discussions on the most varied topics. Mission accomplished!

PAPS Boston - "Back to School" dinner
on Thursday, 10/10/2013 —

This past Friday, October 4, PAPS Boston organized a dinner in order to welcome all new and current members to a new school year!

Dinner took place at the already well-known Faialense Sport Club and was attended by about 50 people between PAPS members and their friends. With good homemade food - the “Bacalhau à Braz” was particularly good - and plenty of great conversation, the evening ended with a few members in a fun and competitive foosball match.

After the success of this gathering we can’t wait to do it again. Preparations for a new meeting are already underway... stay tuned!

[PAPS-DC] Rentrée 2013-2014
on Sunday, 08/09/2013 —

 

No último domingo, dia 8 de Setembro, o núcleo da PAPS de Washington, DC, celebrou o regresso à actividade após o Verão com um brunch que reuniu os habituais membros e amigos da PAPS, bem como algumas caras novas. A tarde ficou completa com um passeio pelo mercado de rua instalado por ocasião do Adams Morgan day, neste que é um dos mais pitorescos bairros do distrito.

The Fourteenth Annual 2013 PAPS Forum
on Friday, 19/07/2013 —

PAPS Forum 2013

During the weekend of May 10th, the Portuguese-American Post-graduate Society hosted its fourteenth annual forum. The theme was Raising Portugal to new heights, and its location was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Tang Center. 

Just over fifty members from PAPS and the Luso-American community attended to learn from an array of speakers and workshop conductors such as the Portuguese ambassador to the United States Nuno Brito, associate professor of finance at Duke University Manuel Adelino, Portuguese Consul General Paulo Cunha Alves and former Portuguese Minister of Education Eduardo Marçal Grilo. The forum ranged over three days and brought together members from at least seven chapters. 

The weekend kicked off with an informal networking session on Friday night follow by dinner at Atasca- a Portuguese restaurant located in the heart of Kendal Square. Saturday was divided into three sessions (the economy, entrepreneurship and science) with four to eight speakers each. 

A number of young entrepreneurs showcased their start-ups during the entrepreneurship session. Amongst them were Joaquim Valente, CEO of sports-focused social network Playnify and Alexandre Oliveira, founder of Storytree- a media start-up focused on the Portuguese-American perspective in politics. Tony Lafuente, a seasoned entrepreneur, spoke about his journey into the flag-making business. He encouraged the audience to consider being a business owner and expressed hope of seeing female entrepreneurs in the next forum. 

In between the second and third session were workshops given by a number of groups and individuals. Among them were Lauren Celano, CEO of the Propel Careers who gave a career coaching session and Ricardo Mesquita of Beta-i, Portugal's first start-up incubator, on starting your own business. Says PAPS member Alexandra Bettencourt of the Ms. Celano's workshop, "[it] was really informative and [gave me] a fresh perspective on my resume and how to market myself". 

On the last day, PAPS members met for the annual General Assembly to review the organization activities and finances of the past year. This was followed by a relaxing tour of Boston's famous Freedom Trail led by Boston Chapter co-leader Ângela Crespo. 

So what can the forum tell us about raising Portugal to new heights? Any discussion on a country's economic potential can not be a serious one without recognizing standing obstacles. Manuel Adelino emphasized the need for nurturing innovation within its borders.

With the rise of higher education in the sciences and engineering, there is no doubt this generation has the tools to drive value-added growth. The question remains whether current government institutions will expand the framework necessary for a thriving economy. 

PAPS, being a nonprofit entity without political affiliations cannot nor will not attempt to answer it. What we can say with confidence, however, is the rich human capital present in our community gives hope for the needed innovation to occur in whatever form it will arrive.