This Institute will operate as a separate department, with the primary objective of maintaining relationships and projects for sustainable and long-term cooperation with other institutions of Carnegie Mellon University. The Institute follows the success achieved in the dual Professional Master's Degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), under the Carnegie MellonPortugal Partnership.
“Madeira—ITI focuses on HCI, Entertainment and Services”, says Nuno Nunes.
"This is a project of strategic leadership, resulting in a high-level partnership. An example to be followed by other Portuguese universities", noted the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education. The view was shared by Provost of Carnegie Mellon University who compared the situation of both universities (Carnegie Mellon and Madeira): "We are small universities with big ambitions, that choose areas where we can make a difference, in regions known as centers of know-ledge and which can be engines of the economy." About the Institute, Mark Kamlet emphasized: “this is a very natural step in what has been the partnership”. Castanheira da Costa stressed that this initiative demonstrates that "we are able to innovate." Fonseca de Moura was very pleased to see in only two years such initiatives: an Institute, real projects, recruitment of researchers of international renown, and the attraction of students around the world." Nuno Nunes explained that the aim is "to attract the best students of the World."
Video of the Madeira-ITI quick off ceremony is available at http://www.uma.pt/portal/video/.