School’s Presentation | Católica Porto Business School
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The School

The School Presentation

Católica Porto Business School is a school of the Catholic University in Portugal, known for the development of business professionals, focused on sustainability and respect for individuals. For over 25 years the school has being training professionals in the area of Economics and Management for the global business context, who then follow national or international careers. The school sustains strong industry bonds, enabling a continuous adaptation of the skills development according to the market needs, resulting in an unceasing pace of innovation of programmes and teaching and development methodologies.  An international dimension of the school is experienced by completing courses abroad through interchange or double degree programmes, by participating in international weeks abroad, by completing assignments and working in groups with international students and through the completion of the many courses taught in English by invited professors from our international partnership network.

At the undergraduate level, technical development is implemented alongside with all the necessary soft skills for students’ employability after the three-year programme and for their preparation to continue their studies in the best business schools worldwide. At the master level, we prepare more specialised professionals according to functional or industry areas. Our programme portfolio is completed with MBA programmes and executive courses in diverse specialised areas for the development of business professionals throughout their whole life. Presently, the School is offering programmes in Portugal, Angola, Brazil and Mozambique and continues working on its expansion to new geographies.

The School has its research activity structured in two research centres and two Labs. To begin with there is CEGE, which hosts all the fundamental research projects and is the research centre accredited by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Then, we have BeoLab and Slab that hold applied research projects in the fields of behavioural economics and service management, respectively.  Lastly, CEGEA is the research centre mainly devoted to applied research and consultancy services.

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Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Priorities


To prepare global business professionals with a strong focus on entrepreneurship, sustainability and respect for individuals, anticipating organisations’ future needs and promoting the development of scientific and applied knowledge.


To be recognised as a School that empowers individuals to transform business and society towards the common good.


  • Excellence
  • Sustainability
  • Respect for Individuals

Strategic Priorities

  • Inovation
  • Internationalisation
  • Business Interrelations



Beginning of Management Education in Porto, as an extension of the School of Human Sciences (FHC) of Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon.


The Research Centre in Management and Applied Economics (CEGEA) starts its Consulting and Projects activity oriented to the external community.


Beginning of Economics education in Porto, as an extension of FCEE of UCP in Lisbon.


The Masters Courses in Finance, Marketing and Economics are launched.


The School of Economics and Management of Católica Porto is established and its programmes become part of Universidade Católica Portuguesa


Birth of Católica Porto Business School (designated as EGE - Atlantic Business School), in partnership with leading business associations and other universities. The School includes all executive education activity.


The Research Centre in Management and Economics (CEGE) begins its activity to support research.


The Undergraduates and Masters programes are restructured to reflect the Bologna Process.

The PIC program is launched to develop behavioural skills among bachelors.


Restructuring of the Católica Porto Business School, having the Católica Porto as its major partner.

The Masters in Service Management is launched.


The Masters in Management and Social Economics are launched.


The Masters in Auditing and Taxation and Regional Economic Integration and Community Policies are launched.

1st edition of the MBA Atlantic

Initial assessment of skills to enter the 2nd cycle


Start of the Mentoring programme in the 2nd cycle


The Masters in Business Economics is launched, as well as the Double Degree Programme (in partnership with the Lancaster University Management School)

First edition of the Teen Academy;

Start of sailing activities for leadership and teambuilding work.


The Católica Porto Business School MBA programmes are accredited by AMBA - Association of MBAs


Creation of BeoLab and Slab


The Double Degree in Law and Management is launched.

FEG is to be called Católica Porto Business School. The entire training offer hold the same brand.

Governance Model

The School governance model aims at the integral development of management and economics professionals in a global business context, focused on sustainability of organisations, society and economies.

For this purpose, the School adds to its four areas of activity, one for each level of education and one covering research, an operational area covering internationalisation and accreditation, and a support department, the Career and Development Office, which is responsible for corporate connections and the monitoring of students in their development of soft skills. To these structures we add the usual consultation / deliberation university bodies, the Scientific and Pedagogical Councils as well as the Advisory Board.

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The School Board

The Board of the Católica Porto Business School consists of a dean, Rui Soucasaux Sousa, and six associate deans: Conceição Silva (Research), Ana Lourenço (Faculty), Paulo Alves (Global Education), Helena Correia (Undergraduate Education), Gonçalo Faria (Graduate Education) e Ana Côrte-Real (Executive Education & Engagement).

The School Board has deliberative and executive functions, being responsible for strategy, smooth operation and the School’s budget approval and execution.


As far as research is concern, it includes the CEGE – Research Centre in Management and Economics accredited by FCT, hosting the more fundamental research projects and two Labs, the LEAD.lab and the SLab, which develop applied research projects implemented in partnership with companies in the fields of Behavioural Economics and Service Management, respectively.


The Research Centre in Management and Applied Economics includes consulting services and projects targeting the external community.

The Scientific Council

The Scientific Council, chaired by Rui Sousa, is the body that represents all the professors and it has consultative and deliberative functions, the latter in science coverage.

The Pedagogical Council

The Pedagogical Council, chaired by Raquel Campos Franco, includes 1st and 2nd cycle student representatives and holds an informative role of the School Board.


The School is organised into three departments: Economics, Management and Support of Economics and Management Areas. The School Board delegates some of its powers to the departments and for coordination and consultation purposes meets regularly the departments council.

Direction of Programmes

The school also has directors of Masters programmes who share responsibility for affirmation and proper functioning of the aforementioned programmes. To access our programs click here.

Advisory Council

The governance model is completed with an Advisory Council made up of a group of national and international business leaders. This Council informs and advises the School Board regarding their strategic decisions, contributing to strengthen the cooperation bonds between the university and the corporate community. This Council meets two to three times a year.

Members of the Advisory Council
  • António Rios Amorim - CEO - Corticeira Amorim
  • Carlos Costa (President 2008-2018) - Governor Bank of Portugal
  • Ernesto Gouveia Gove - Former Governor Bank of Mozambique
  • Francisco Maria Balsemão - Vice-president Grupo Impresa, President of Fundação da Juventude
  • João Costa Pinto - President of the Auditing Council of the Bank of Portugal
  • Jorge Martins - Non-executive member of the board of Banco Carregosa, Consul of Morocco in Porto
  • José de Lima Massano - Governor Bank of Angola
  • José Pinto dos Santos - Affiliated Professor of Practice in Global Management at INSEAD, Visiting scholar Judge Business School (Cambridge, UK)
  • Manuel Alves Monteiro (Chair 2018 - Presente) - Non-executive member of boards in Portugal and abroad EDP; Nova Base; Douro Azul, Former president of the stock exchange market
  • Ricardo Reis - Full professor Columbia University (NY, USA)
  • Rui Moreira - Mayor of the City of Porto
  • Sérgio Silvestre - President Católica Porto Business Alumni Association, Category Leader SONAE MC
  • Alberto Castro - First Dean of the School
  • Álvaro Nascimento - Former Dean of the School
  • Sofia Salgado Pinto - Dean of the School

Academic Advisory Council
  • Michael Osbaldeston (chair)Director USB Executive Development Ltd, Associate Director EFMD - Quality Services
  • José Pinto dos SantosAffiliated Professor of Practice in Global Management at INSEAD, Visiting scholar Judge Business School (Cambridge, UK)
  • Piet NaudéDean Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa)
  • Ricardo ReisFull professor Columbia University (NY, USA)
  • Vanina FarberElea Professor for Social Innovation IMD, Universitá del Pacifico, Pontificia Universitá Católica del Perú
  • Sofia Salgado PintoDean Católica Porto Business School
Career and Development Office (CDO)

The Career and Development Office is an innovative initiative of the Católica Porto Business School in the soft skills development area and the connection to the business community and the entire business alumni network. SLH is recognised as an innovative initiative by international organisations. 

Contactos Contact information

Valquíria Dias - Coordination

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Quality and Accreditation

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The fundamental objective of EQUIS, linked to the mission of EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

EQUIS assesses institutions as a whole. It assesses not just degree programmes but all the activities and sub-units of the institution, including research, e-learning units, executive education provision and community outreach. 

Católica Porto Business School is accredited by EQUIS. It is the only business school in the north of Portugal and the third in the country to receive such recognition. The mission of this accreditation is to raise the standard of management education worldwide and highlight the leading business schools at global level. Católica Porto Business School now joins the shortlist of 87 institutions in Europe and 170 throughout the world in a universe comprised of 16 000 institutions accredited by EQUIS.

This accreditation recognises the distinctive quality of all the programmes offered by Católica Porto Business School and indicates that the School complies with the strictest quality standards in all its activities including learning, research, internationalisation and interaction with the corporate world.

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Católica Porto Business School is a member of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), one of the main Management Schools networks in the world.
EFMD is a global organisation that includes over 760 institutional members and joins over 16 000 professional management from faculty, business, public service and consultancy in 80 countries worldwide. The EFMD plays a central role in creating an international approach to education management and it is a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in this area.

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The MBA programmes available at Católica Porto Business School - International and Atlantic - have been accredited by the prestigious Association of MBAs (AMBA).

AMBA is an international accreditation authority specialised in postgraduate training programmes for executives, namely MBAs (Master of Business Administration). Católica Porto Business School secured the AMBA accreditation for its supply of MBAs and joined a restricted group of about 200 business schools in over 70 countries that hold this accreditation.

The MBA Atlantic is thus the first MBA programme running in Angola, Brazil and Portugal accredited internationally. This outcome is the recognition of innovation, pioneering spirit, accuracy and quality of the school's offerings, particularly with reference to the strategic opportunities in the Portuguese-speaking world. We are a school increasingly focused on international business in every dimension.



Católica Porto Business School is a member of AACSB International - The Association to Advance College Schools of Business, the world’s largest business education alliance. AACSB International connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. AACSB’s mission, aligned with AACSB’s accreditation standards for business schools, is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. Since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide.


Católica Porto Business School maintains a strong link with a market through a set of partnerships. The School also has a set of international schools with a close relationship.