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Collaboration With Portugal Considered Reuters Article ...Misleading... and Premature

By Curt Fischer
STAFF REPORTER

MIT is considering entering into science and technology cooperation with the nation of Portugal, but has not made any final decisions regarding the issue, said Chancellor Phillip L. Clay PhD ’75.

Clay’s stance contrasted with a Reuters report Saturday that said an accord had been signed. “The report is misleading,” Clay said. “There is not an accord,” and the Reuters announcement was premature, he said.

Over the next four to five months, MIT faculty will study the possibility of the collaboration before reaching a final decision. Clay emphasized that currently, MIT and Portugal share only mutual interest in exploring possibilities for collaboration.

The level of consideration MIT is giving to the pairing with Portugal is not unusual. “We get invitations [for collaborations] every week,” Clay said.

MIT first assesses possible areas where collaboration could be mutually beneficial. If sufficient interest arises from the faculty, typically a small team of professors would then meet officials from the foreign entity to flesh out the scope and nature of the collaboration.

Professor Daniel Roos ’61 of the Engineering Systems Division will lead MIT’s assessment of possible collaborations with Portugal, Clay said.