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Catholic University of Portugal

FCEE-Católica School of Economics and Management


Fátima Barros Dean

FCEE-Católica, founded 36 years ago, is recognised as the most prestigious business school in Portugal.

FCEE-Católica has a long-standing reputation for innovative teaching and rigorous academic research and aims to be among the Top 20 schools in Europe. To achieve this, the School promotes not only a strong commitment to intellectual rigor and academic excellence but also outstanding connections in the corporate world, with many of our alumni holding top CEO positions in Portugal and abroad.

FCEE-Católica is one of the very few schools in the world to hold the Triple Crown Accreditation (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA) and was ranked by the Financial Times among the Top European Business Schools. This recognition was also extended to our Executive Education: FCEE-Católica is currently ranked 19th in Europe and 39th in the world.

In recent years, FCEE-Católica´s strategy towards internationalization has promoted exchange partnerships with some of the best schools in the world, including Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, U.S.A.), ESCP-EAP (Paris, France), Lancaster University (Lancaster, UK), Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), CBS (Copenhagen, Denmark), Ivey School of Business (London, Canada), and KUBS (Seoul, South Korea). In addition, The LisbonMBA is run in collaboration with the MIT Sloan School of Management and our PhD program in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship is a joint degree with Carnegie-Mellon University. Also, our Master in Finance, a post-experience program, was selected as a CFA Program Partner.

These partnerships provide excellent opportunities for students visiting our school to study abroad, to experience different academic and business cultures, to learn Portuguese (a language spoken in countries like Brasil and Angola), and to demonstrate the international adaptability and perspective valued by the best employers.



Faculty and Research

A third of our tenured and tenure-track professors are non-Portuguese natives. Our faculty comes from top international business schools, including MIT, Michigan, New York University, Ohio State University, UCLA, Université Catholique de Louvain, IESE, University of British Columbia, University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School, University of Michigan, and University

of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. See further details.

In terms of research, the faculty has consistently received from panels of international experts the highest possible rating of Excellent.

FCEE-Católica professors bring to the classroom insights from their own research, including articles published in top international journals, including Journal of Finance, Marketing Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Monetary Economics,

Organisation Studies, and many others. See for further



FCEE-Católica Alumni network brings strong connections with the corporate world, unmatched in Portugal. Many of the most successful CEOs of Portuguese companies are FCEE-Católica alumni. In addition, many of our graduates have obtained PhD degrees from the world’s most renowned research universities and gone on to pursue academic careers in some of the world’s leading business schools, including: Sergio Rebelo in Kellogg School of Business (Northwestern), Miguel Villas-Boas in Haas School of Business (Berkeley), and Luís Cabral in

Stern School of Business (NYU). Awards and Prizes

Santander-Totta Bank, in association with the most prestigious national newspaper Expresso, holds every year an award for the best graduate from an undergraduate business or economics programme in Portugal - Primus inter Pares. FCEE-Católica´s students have won the competition



FCEE-Católica is currently involved in partnerships and exchange agreements partnerships with more than 60 schools in 24 countries all over the world. FCEE-Católica seeks the top schools in each country, the majority of which have international accreditations such as AACSB, EQUIS or AMBA. FCEE-Católica´s exchange partner universities include:

• ESCP-EAP European School of Management (France - Paris),

• RSM - Erasmus University (Netherlands - Rotterdam),

• Lancaster University (UK - Lancaster),

• Universitá Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy - Milan),

• Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan - Nagoya),

• Korea University Business School (South Korea - Seoul),

• University of St. Gallen (Switzerland - St. Gallen),

• NHH (Norway - Bergen),

• EAESP-FGV Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brasil – São Paulo).

In addition, FCEE-Católica has joint programmes with American institutions like Carnegie Mellon University (PhD Programme in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship), or Sloan/MIT (The Lisbon MBA), and joint or double-degree MSc programmes with the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and ESCP-EAP (Paris-France).



FCEE-Católica Dean´s Advisory Board

The school has a strategic board to advise the Dean on strategic management issues. The members of the board are distinguished business leaders in Portugal with significant international experience, who provide valuable guidance and help the school to maintain a close relationship

with top Portuguese organisations. See further details.

Executive Education

FCEE-Católica was the first Portuguese business school to take a comprehensive and professional approach to executive education. This approach has paid off with the school entering the Financial Times executive education rankings for the first time in 2007, currently being ranked 39th place worldwide and 19th place in Europe.

Today the school offers a wide range of open-enrolment and in-company programmes, which are attended by almost two thousand participants every year. They include specialised courses on disciplinary or functional areas (leadership, marketing, or finance), industry-specific management courses (health care, construction or retail), or general management programmes. FCEE-Católica is also expanding executive education to other Portuguese speaking countries (Africa and Brazil) and beyond.

Some of FCEE-Católica clients include Accenture, Deloitte, Santander, Barclays, Novartis,

AXA, Johnson& Johnson, Honda, and Schering.

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Placements and Recruitment

FCEE-Católica graduates are consistently preferred by the main recruiters in Portugal and abroad. Top consulting companies such as McKinsey, BCG, Accenture, Roland Berger, as well as the top investment banks Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, regularly recruit FCEE-Católica´s students. FCEE-Católica´s career services department promotes not only job offers for graduates but also summer internships, which are aimed for both national and international students.



Pre-Experience Degree Granting Programmes

FCEE-Católica was the first in Portugal to restructure its degrees under the Bologna Accord. The Portuguese “Licenciaturas” (four-year degrees in economics and in business) were converted into a three-year undergraduate degree and a pre-experience MSc degree lasting three or four semesters.

Undergraduate Programmes

The school now offers two undergraduate degrees: one in economics and one in business administration. The undergraduate programmes are designed to provide students with a foundation in the functional areas of business and economics, with a strong emphasis on quantitative methods, social sciences, law, and ethics. During the last year of the programmes, the students will be introduced to specific areas of business and economics, acquiring important tools in areas such as finance, marketing or macroeconomics.

Students have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, taking advantage of the many exchange agreements the school has signed with top European and international partners.

Throughout both undergraduate programmes, great emphasis is put on career and soft skills development. Students are required to attend special workshops aimed at developing their teamwork and negotiation skills and their ability to communicate effectively and manage time.

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MSc Programmes

FCEE-Católica offers two pre-experience MSc programmes, one in business administration and one in economics. The school also offers two MSc degrees jointly with other prestigious European institutions: Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and ESCP-EAP (Paris-France).

The key features of these programmes are:

• Strong curricular flexibility, where students can choose their coursework phase from a

variety of majors and electives.

• Internationalization, with the entire curriculum taught in English and students encouraged

to do an exchange semester and to learn a third language.

• Employability, with students encouraged to conduct a significant project in a firm,

regulatory agency or international institution as part of their thesis requirement.


Post-Experience Degree Granting Programmes

FCEE-Católica offers three post-experience programmes:

1. The Lisbon MBA – a full-time degree in Business and Administration offered by

FCEE-Católica in collaboration with MIT´s Sloan School of Management (a partnership with other Portuguese School - FE-UNL Nova).

2. Master in Finance (MIF) - this programme was designed in conjunction with the MIF

advisory board (a group of CEOs from top Portuguese and European investment banks and other financial institutions) and is targeted to professionals aspiring to high-level financial careers. One of the unique features of the programme is the fact that MIF students are prepared for, and during the programme, sit the CFA® exams. The quality of the Master in Finance curriculum was certified by the CFA® institute, granting it as the first University Program Partner in Portugal.

3. PhD Programme in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship (TCE) – a doctoral

programme developed jointly with Carnegie Mellon University (a partnership with IST-Técnico, the top engineering school in Portugal). Graduates receive a degree by Carnegie Mellon University as well as a joint degree awarded by the Portuguese partner institutions.



Lisbon is recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Due to its unique location – between the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean- it has beautiful beaches, varied landscapes, and a year round mild climate that is ideal for outdoor activities.

It is a city with appeal to students and other visitors with varied interests - from surfers to golfers, from sports fans to art lovers, from opera lovers to rock concert goers.

International students find Lisbon to be a safe and inexpensive city. The people, most of whom speak English, welcome foreigners and are always ready to help. It is a comfortable and enjoyable exchange location!

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