Politics and Public Opinion



A three-party programme between the Political Observatory, the Post-graduate Programme in Sociology of the University of Góias (Brazil) and the Institute of Iberian Studies of the University of Salamanca (Spain), signed in the scope of the collaboration promoted by the Doctoral College of Tordesilhas.

In this project, the Professors involved are:
Denise Paiva Ferreira, from Brazil
Cristina Montalvão Sarmento, from Portugal
Flávio Friendeberg, from Spain

Tordesillas Group

The Tordesillas Group was created at the I Meeting of Deans of the Universities of Brazil, Spain and Portugal, which took place in 2000 at the host university – the University of Vallodolid, located in the city of Tordesillas. The event took place at the famous House of the Treaty, the place where the historical Treaty of Tordesillas was signed.

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil, the main event was to promote the collaboration between the three countries’ universities in the areas of science and technology. During the first meeting, the Ministers of Science and Technology from Brazil and Spain were present as well as Portugal’s Secretary of State. The Tordesillas Group is currently composed of 28 universities from Brazil, 19 from Spain and 8 from Portugal. There are 3 headquarters, one in each country: the Brazilian HQ is located at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro – UNIRIO, the Spanish HQ at the University of Vallodid – UVA and the Portuguese HQ at the University of Coimbra – UC and is sponsored by Santander Bank – Universities.

At a preliminary stage, this program was signed by the Political Observatory, as a research unit of the New University of Lisbon, before the participation of the Doctoral College of Tordesillas was formalized in September 2010 by the same university. In November of the same year, Professor Cristina Montalvão Sarmento travelled to Brazil and followed up with the contacts at the University of Góias. She was present at the XII Meeting of the Tordesillas Group, which occurred from 17th-18th November 2011 at the University of Lisbon, in Portugal.