Yesterday, the Comité Paralímpico de Portugal (CPP) announced they were signing an agreement today with the Universidade Lusófona to create a Masters in Sociology of Sport, Organization and Development program focused on disability sport.
The academic program already exists at the university, and is currently in its third year. The relationship means that the CPP will collaborate in creating elective classes, collaborate on hosting more conferences, seminars and workshops, inviting more speakers related to the Paralympic movement, and having more people intern for the CPP.
Having never hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Portugal is not home to an internationally renowned Olympic studies program, nor do they have any universities of particular not for their research into Paralympic sport like programs found in Australia, Germany, Spain, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Previous collaborations in Portugal appear to have been more limited. Researchers at Instituto Superior Técnico worked with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Otto Bock on the DACHOR hybrid active orthoses project for Portuguese Paralympic athletes.