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Luxembourg expresses “great interest” in Portuguese vocational education

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Luxembourg expresses "great interest" in Portuguese vocational education

In an agreement signed this week in Portugal, the two countries agreed to set up a working group to expedite the mutual recognition of qualifications.

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Ana THOMAS

In an agreement signed this week in Portugal, the two countries agreed to set up a working group to expedite the mutual recognition of qualifications.

Portuguese vocational training and retraining projects aroused the interest of the Luxembourg delegation headed by the Minister of Education Claude Meish, who was on an official visit to Portugal this week.


Education Minister Claude Meish.

Another topic of discussion will be the recognition of vocational education diplomas.


In addition to meetings with his Portuguese counterpart Joao Costa and Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities Paulo Cafofo, Claude Meish met with the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Education of the Grand Duchy, Ana Méndez Godinho presented to the Minister of Luxembourg the vocational training reforms, retraining initiatives and efforts to promote digital skills undertaken by the Portuguese government. “These projects aroused great interest among the Luxembourg delegation, with both sides noting the need for mutual recognition of diplomas and professional qualifications,” the same statement said.


Claude Meish and Joao Costa, Ministers of Education of Luxembourg and Portugal, respectively.

The result of Claude Meish’s visit to Portugal was the signing of an agreement between the two countries on the teaching of the Portuguese language, the promotion of intercultural communication and the mutual recognition of diplomas.


In a tweet on Wednesday, Claude Meish highlighted a “fruitful exchange” with Portuguese Education Minister João Costa, hinting at the recognition of qualifications and related certificates by the two countries.

“If the educational success of Portuguese students in Luxembourg has increased in recent years, cooperation [entre Portugal e Luxemburgo] can also focus on the mutual recognition of diplomas,” wrote Claude Meish in a short text accompanied by photographs of the visit of Joao Costa and Ambassadors António Gamito of Portugal and Luxembourg Martina Schommer to the Lisbon School of Commerce.

from left to right Antonio Gamito (Ambassador of Portugal in Luxembourg); Eulalia Alexandre (Deputy Director for Education); Claude Meish (Minister of Education of Luxembourg); Joao Costa (Minister of Education of Portugal); Ana Claudia Valente (Member of the Employment and Vocational Training Center of Portugal); and Martina Schommer, Ambassador of Luxembourg to Portugal.

Photo: Luxembourg Government

“During the discussion of the new system of vocational training and the possibilities of full and partial qualifications in Portugal, both countries agreed to establish a working group with the aim of speeding up the procedure for the mutual recognition of diplomas,” the Ministry of Education said in a statement.

Not get up signed by the two Ministers of Education and presented by the governments of the Grand Duchy, Portugal and Luxembourg, acknowledged the “need to review the procedures” allowing these qualifications to be validated in both countries and took the first steps to start this process.

The working group has been created to that submit proposals for adaptation as soon as possible to the political authorities”, namely those relating to mentions or final marks awarded in certificates and diplomas.

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