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Nearly half (48%) of international students in Portugal are studying for a bachelor’s or degree, with the master’s degree being the second most sought-after level of study (34%), followed by the doctoral degree (12%), according to the data. from Universities.Portugal released this Thursday.

Universities Portugal is an international project to promote 16 higher education institutions that are members of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities (CRUP).

A study including these data is presented at the second internationalization conference on the topic “Is higher education inclusive?”which will run until Friday at Minho University.

“Over the past decade, more and more international students decided to study in Portugal and last academic year, Portuguese universities and polytechnics received the largest number of international students ever,” he said in a statement.

According to the announcement, in the 2021/2022 academic year, 69,965 international students were studying in Portugal across the country, an increase of 18.7% compared to the previous year (58,960). Of this total, 41,472 are part of the 16 CRUP member organizations.

The majority of international students study at public higher education institutions and in the case of Portuguese university members, “the universities of Lisbon and Porto lead in the preference of international students (8,570 and 6,042 respectively)”.

As for the areas of study, they most often choose management and administration (8,144), law (4,213) or electronics and automation (3,031).

According to Portuguese Universities, in terms of students’ nationality, “Brazil is still the country sending more students in the country (18,859), followed by Guinea-Bissau (6,478), Cape Verde (5,694) and Angola (4,702″).

In addition to inclusion, the conference will analyze the economic and socio-cultural impact of international student mobility.

“Universities in Portugal have invested in educational fairs and search missions to increase the visibility of Portuguese institutions abroad and attract more students. As in this year, in 2023 the promotion will continue to focus on Latin American countries that have shown good results and receptivity to international programs, with a focus on Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru,” the communiqué says. .

Source: Observador

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