Winter School: Ecole d’Hiver | Escola de Inverno
Political Observatory, Lisbon – Portugal
Sciences Po Paris – Poitiers Campus
The concept of an international seminar for the 1st cycle of university studies is created with the intent of diversifying and complementing the curricular choice available to students, but also consolidating the current Erasmus programme. This exchange initiative in the area of political studies – Autumn School – ensures the spirit of reciprocity and the high recognition of the academic value of the partners involved in this project: Political Observatory and the Institut d’Études Politiques Sciences Po Paris.
The Autumn School, as an exchange project, inaugurated a new dynamic in Portuguese Universities, namely in its Political Studies departments, whilst showing the problems of the Iberian-American context. It also gave a chance for the exchanging of academic experiences with one of the most prestigious French grandes écoles. The making of this project alongside the Autumn School has also contributed for the consolidation of one the Observatory main goals: the empowerment and diversification of research.
Considering the fact students in their first year of their undergraduate at Sciences Po Pairs – Poitiers Campus participate in an Autumn School in Salamanca, thus enhancing their linguistic knowledge of Spanish, academic knowledge and cultural experiences, the Political Observatory analysed the development and implementation of a project using strategic teaching of Portuguese and trusting the quality of the subjects taught in Portuguese Universities. Thus, the creation of the Autumn School placed Lisbon and other Portuguese academic centres in the curriculum of students from the partner University.
In conclusion, the dynamic fostered by the Political Observatory has become crucial to consolidate the role of Portuguese universities as internationally recognized institutions, recognized by their academic merit. The Observatory is thus acknowledged as a dynamic and autonomous research centre for political studies, filling a key place in garnering innovative programmes at a national and international level in teaching and scientific research activities.