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Portuguese Educator to Serve as Visiting Scholar in Higher Education

Visiting scholar Maria Teresa Patricio

by Joe Savrock (May 2009)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A Portuguese recipient of a New Century Scholars Fulbright Award is serving as a visiting scholar in Penn State’s Higher Education Program this summer.

Maria Teresa Patrício, associate professor at Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE) in Lisbon, Portugal, is conducting research at University Park during May and June. Roger Geiger, distinguished professor and senior scientist in the Higher Education Program, is serving as Patrício’s host.

Patrício obtained a Ph.D. in sociology from Rutgers University. She has been teaching at ISCTE since 1983.

She helped establish a research center in sociology and became president of the Centro de Investigaçao e Estudos em Sociologia in 1992. In 1996, she was invited by Portugal’s minister of science and technology to participate in a task force for the creation of the Observatory of Science and Technology.

Between 1997 and 2002, Patrício served as vice president of Instituto de Cooperaçao Cientifica e Tecnologica Internacional. This institute was responsible for defining and implementing international science and technology policy in multilateral and bilateral settings. Among Patrício’s responsibilities was the management of Portuguese–European Union relations in science and technology.

In 2007–2008 she served as a visiting researcher in Canada, at Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur la Science et la Technologie, Université de Québec à Montréal.

Each year, the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program brings together 30 outstanding research scholars and professionals from the U.S. and around the world to seek solutions to issues and concerns that affect all humankind.

This year’s New Century Scholars Program is focusing on the role of higher education in national and global economic development. Patrício’s Fulbright project at Penn State is titled “Reform of Portuguese Universities: Reform or Illusion.”