The Career and Development Office (under the name of Individual Skills Portfolio - ISP) has been recognised by the OECD in 2010 as an innovative initiative of curriculum development in the context of higher education.
OECD-IMHE (2010). Learning, working, networking: quality teaching initiatives at the Portuguese Catholic University. Final Report, 10 November 2010.
In 2012, Career and Development Office held a consulting job in an international project - the PoMoC.
PoMoC - The professional activation of university graduates using the Portuguese Model of Coaching in the Lodzkie region
The project goal is to promote the employability of graduates of the Lodz region, implementing the coaching model developed by the Career and Development Office. The role of the Career and Development Office is to share knowledge and experience with the Foundation for Promotion of Entrepreneurship, assisting in the adaptation of the coaching model used in Portugal to the specific needs, objectives and context. The project also involves the design of a research methodology that will do the needs assessment with regard to the expectations of entrepreneurs in relation to job seekers in Poland, specifically in Lodz.
The project began in October 2012 and will end in June 2014. It is funded by the Human Capital Operational Programme (European Social Fund).
New Skills Network (2012)
In May 2012, the Career and Development Office received the most active project prize, awarded by the organisation of the European conference Skills for the Future, held in Copenhagen. The Skills for the Future conference was held in the scope of the European project New Skills Network, made up of 14 partner countries, coordinated by the National Agency of Iceland, which aims to discuss ways to develop skills for a labour market in constant evolution.
EETUE – Employability & Entrepreneurship: Tuning Universities & Enterprises
Developed between 2007 and 2009, the EETUE project aimed to contribute to the modernisation of higher education institutions (HEIs) through the adjustment of curricula to the needs of the labour market, involving the representatives of the surrounding business community in defining, promoting and validating soft skills. The project, funded by the Erasmus Programme - Lifelong Learning Programme was coordinated by the Católica Porto Business School of Portuguese Catholic University in Porto and had the involvement of the University of Salford (UK), the Foundation for Entrepreneurship Promotion (Poland), the Audencia School of Management (France) and the University of Southern Denmark (Denmark) and it was also supported by the Business Association of Portugal - AEP (Portugal).
Further information on the project website