Strategic Leadership Hub | Católica Porto Business School


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. It intervenes across the various levels of education (Undergraduates and Masters) and in executive education.

On the one hand, the goal of the Strategic Leadership Hub is to contribute to the promotion of personal and professional development of students and graduates of the Católica Porto Business School, thereby enhancing their employability. On the other hand, it seeks to listen to and respond to the needs and expectations of the labour market initiatives and to promote closer cooperation across a national and international network of strategic partners.

Apart from intervening with undergraduates, masters, executive education, business and alumni, the SLH introduces the Católica Porto Business School teaching-learning project to primary and secondary schools through a range of initiatives available to pre-university students.

The Strategic Leadership Hub has two important intervention areas: Corporate and Students, as the follow scheme.

The SLH had its origin in 2006 as ISP (Individual Skills Portfolio) - a project funded at national level and later in the following year at international level through the EETUE.

EETUE – Employability & Entrepreneurship: Tuning Universities & Enterprises

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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

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International Recognition


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The Strategic Leadership Hub (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.

Em 2012, o SLH realizou um trabalho de consultoria num projeto internacional - o PoMoC.

In 2012, SLH 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

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The project goal is to promote the employability of graduates of the Lodz region, implementing the coaching model developed by SLH. The role of SLH 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)

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In May 2012, the Strategic Leadership Hub 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.


SLH has a team of 8 psychologists working in the following operational areas:

  • Valquíria Dias: Coordinator and Responsible for Corporate Connections/Alumni Relations | 226196223 (Gabinete Corporate – EC 109)
  • Raquel Teixeira: Psychologist & Skills Development Manager | Responsible for  Counseling and Skills Development | 226196229/253 (Gabinete Students – EC 110)
  • Débora Coutinho: Psychologist & Skills Development Manager | Responsible for Executive Coaching | 226196229/253 (Gabinete Corporate – EC 109)
  • Tânia Almeida: Psychologist & Skills Development Manager | Responsible for initiatives with Prospective Students |226196229/253 (Gabinete Students – EC 110)
  • Joana Teixeira: Psychologist & Skills Development Manager | 226196229/253 (Gabinete Students – EC 110)
  • Inês Nunes: Psychologist & Skills Development Manager | 226196229/253 (Gabinete Students – EC 110)
  • Maria Andresen: Psychologist & Skills Development Manager | 226196229/253 (Gabinete Students – EC 110)
  • Sara Ferreira: Psychologist & Skills Development Manager | 226196223 (Gabinete Corporate – EC 109)