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Portugal with two business schools among the 50 best in the world 'ranking' Financial Times

Executive trainings from four business schools at Portuguese universities were honored in the ranking of the British Financial Times, which places Nova SBE and Católica Lisbon among the 50 best in the world.

The Financial Times' ranking analyzes educational institutions from information collected from students, school and business leaders on predefined criteria.


Ranking of Portuguese Business School 

The New School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) and the Catholic Lisbon of Business & Economics (Catholic-Lisbon) are respectively the 25th and 26th best European schools, according to the Financial Times ranking.

Porto Business School occupies the 59th place and ISCTE Business School is making its 80th position in the FT European Business Schools Ranking 2017.


Position in the Ranking  Schools  Country
 25 Nova School of Business and Economics
 26 Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics  Portugal
 59 Porto Business School  Portugal
 80 ISCTE Business School  Portugal

Source: Ranking Financial Times


Portuguese Universities

The six Portuguese universities in the ranking of the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), the largest of its kind, are all able to improve their performance over last year. The results, which are released on Monday, show that it is scientific research to leverage the national benefit, while the employment of graduates penalizes their results.

The two best national representatives are in the first third of the table, with the University of Lisbon in 220 and the University of Porto seven positions below. The University of Coimbra is in the 403rd position.

It follows the New University of Lisbon (439th), which is the Portuguese university with the highest increase in the ranking in relation to last year, improving 155 positions. It surpasses thus the universities of Minho (that is now 522nd) and Aveiro (551st).


Performance in scientific research

The result of the Portuguese institutions is achieved mainly at the expense of their performance in scientific research. The six universities are among the 500 best in the world in terms of research output and the universities of Lisbon and Porto are even in the top 200 (109th and 179th, respectively). The University of Lisbon is also prominent in the quality criteria of publications (154.ª) and number of citations (167th).

CWUR President Nadim Mahassen underlines research as a "key factor" for national institutions and leaves a warning: "It will be increasingly difficult to compete in the future with universities doing intensive research if the Government does not increase investment in scientific investigation."

Portugal also can not have the same type of results when the quality of the training is evaluated. Although only three universities are listed in this parameter, the universities of Lisbon and Coimbra have performances far below their global ranking - 622 and 659, respectively.

Only the University of Porto achieves a significant result in the evaluation of the quality of teaching, appearing in the place number 195. The faculty of the University of Porto is also considered the 191st best in the world in this ranking.

Access here to the ranking of Portuguese universities.


English in Portuguese Universities

Five of the largest Portuguese institutions of higher education bet on courses taught exclusively in the language of Shakespeare. In Portugal there are about 90 master's degrees which are given exclusively in English.


The major universities are attentive, and out of the universe of the Anglo-Saxon countries is increasingly common the existence of courses, masters and doctorates taught by teachers who only speak in the language of Shakespeare. In this way, they attract not only local students with pretensions to enter the global labor market as students from all corners of the globe who will give more money and prestige to these institutions.

Throughout the country there are about 90 master's degrees given exclusively in English. The record holder is the University of Porto, with 33 masters. Next are the University of Lisbon, with 27, the University of Minho (7), University of Coimbra (4), and finally the University of Évora, with a master's degree, according to data from the Dutch portal StudyPortals.

In addition to these institutions, the University of Algarve also has about two dozen programs taught in English, being "pioneer and leader in Portugal of Erasmus Mundus programs", reveals the communication office of that institution. There are 17 masters taught in Shakespeare's language, or in which English is a language of choice.

The latest report by the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), a European think-tank based in Brussels in the area of ​​university education cooperation, states that "there are no significant differences observed" in this area between the three countries of southern Europe, Portugal, Spain and Italy. That is, they are all more or less even.

"For universities, the promotion of the Portuguese language is not incompatible with the commitment to training in English, which is the international language," says António Cunha, president of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities and rector of the University of Minho. He points out that the strategies of public institutions "have been differentiated" in this area. But it assumes that it is a trend that "is growing" and "will strengthen in the future." At present, the focus has been on programs in the areas of new technologies, medicine, management and economics.




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