The proposal to establish this Centre was adopted by the General Conference at its 36th session.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova and the Portuguese Minister of Education, Higher Education and Science, Mr Nuno Crato, signed today an Agreement for the Establishment of an International Centre for Advanced Training of Scientists from Portuguese-Speaking Countries in the Areas of Basic Sciences under the auspices of UNESCO.
The establishment of the International Centre for Advanced Training of Scientists from Portuguese-Speaking Countries in Areas of Basic Sciences perfectly aligns itself with the objectives of the International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) which are to strengthen human and institutional capacities in the basic sciences and science education, and to reinforce cooperation between partner institutions in sciences. The proposed Centre will aim at developing high-level scientific capabilities, while promoting social responsibility, the mobility of scientists, and the fight against scientific brain drain, and will be devoted to the training in the basic sciences of doctoral and post-doctoral young scientists located in universities and research laboratories in all the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP).
“This partnership shows a strong cooperation with Portugal, a high interest in the basic sciences with special attention to advanced training of scientists from Portuguese speaking countries, especially Africa, and a commitment to promote multilinguism in the Sciences” said Irina Bokova.