Sofia Salgado Pinto - Católica Porto Business School Dean Sofia Salgado Pinto - Católica Porto Business School Dean
Sofia Salgado Pinto Sofia Salgado Pinto Católica Porto Business School Dean ssalgado@porto.ucp.pt
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

Mission

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.

Vision

The School aims to be a national and international reference in the complete development of business professionals, through rigorous and qualified teaching, through strong business relations and through the innovation of teaching methodologies. We aim to be a national and international reference in research in the areas of economics and management. We want Católica Porto Business School to stand as an appealing workplace, sought by both academics and top researchers.

Values

  • Excellence
  • Sustainability
  • Respect for Individuals

Strategic Priorities

  • Inovation
  • Internationalisation
  • Business Interrelations

History

1987

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

1991

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

1996

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

2000

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

2001

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

2002

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.

2004

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

2006

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

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

2008

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

The Masters in Service Management is launched.

2009

The Masters in Management and Social Economics are launched.

2010

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

2011

Start of the Mentoring programme in the 2nd cycle

2012

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.

2013

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

2014

Creation of BeoLab and Slab

2015

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 Strategic Leadership Hub (SLH), 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, Sofia Salgado Pinto, and five associate deans: Raquel Campos Franco for the Undergraduate Programmes; Francisca Guedes de Oliveira for the Master Programmes; Ana Côrte-Real for Executive Education; Nuno Ornelas Martins, for Research e Rita Ribeiro, for Quality, Accreditation and Internationalisation.

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

Research

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

CEGEA

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.

Departments

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
  • Carlos Costa (Chairman) - Governor of the Bank of Portugal
  • Alberto Castro - Chairman of Financial Development Institution, former dean of the Católica Porto Business School
  • Álvaro Nascimento - Chairman of Caixa Geral de Depósitos and former dean of the Católica Porto Business School
  • António Rios Amorim – Chairman of the Board of Directors of Corticeira Amorim
  • Ernesto Gove - Governor of Bank of Mozambique
  • Francisco Maria Balsemão – Vice-Chairman of the Impresa Group, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Youth Foundation
  • João Costa Pinto – Chairman of the Board of Auditors of the Banco de Portugal
  • Jorge Martins - Consul of Morocco in Oporto and Non-Executive Member of the Board of Carregosa Bank
  • José de Lima Massano – Chairman of the Board of the Angolan Bank of Investments
  • José Fernando Pinto dos Santos - Professor at INSEAD (France) and Cambridge Judge Business School, UK
  • Manuel Alves Monteiro - Director of the CIN companies; SDC investments; Mystic Invest.
  • Ricardo Reis – Professor at Columbia University (New York) and London School of Economics
  • Rui Moreira - Mayor of Porto
  • Sérgio Silvestre - President of the Católica Porto Business Alumni
  • Sofia Salgado - Dean of Católica Porto Business School

Strategic Leadership Hub (SLH)

The Strategic Leadership Hub (SLH) 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. 

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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.

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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.

Partnerships

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.