Despite being a small country, for years Portugal has been known for having excellent weather, culture, and good universities. Amongst them, the ones that stand out are the business schools, which have been increasingly praised and recognised by top entities, such as the Financial Times and Eduniversal. Therefore, EDUopinions is going to look at the top five business schools in Portugal.
Founded in 1972, with over 9,000 students and various schools, this business school stands out – with 6 bachelors’ programmes and 12 masters’ of science and partnerships with more than 50 universities accredited by AACSB, EQUIS or AMBA. In terms of environment, ISCTE has a great deal of students from other areas, so it promotes the relationship between students of completely distinct disciplines and forms a healthy bond between them. Additionally, it is accredited by A3ES, AACSB, EUA and AMBA. On top of that, it is the fourth best business school in Portugal, currently rated by the Financial Times as the 80th best business school in the world.
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With new facilities right in front of the famous Carcavelos beach, NOVA has 2 bachelors’ programmes, 3 masters’ of science programmes and 3 PhDs. It is currently rated by the Financial Times as the 25th best business school in the world. With 40% of their students coming from abroad, over 300 different partnerships with other universities internationally, and a 96% graduate employability rate in under 3 months, NOVA is a place with a competitive environment where you can develop yourself and be more independent while you build your own path to a successful future.
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Located in the neighbourhood of Laranjeiras, this school was established in 1972 and was the first business school accredited by Triple Crown (AACSB, EFMD, and AMBA). It is currently the second best business school in Portugal, being right after NOVA School of Business and Economics in 26th place as the best business school in the world, as rated by the Financial Times. Católica offers 2 bachelors’ programmes (Management and Economics), 1 PhD, and 3 masters’ programmes: an MSc in Management (with 2 different specialisations to choose from), an MSc in Economics, and an MSc in Finance. In addition, 50% of the students are foreign, and the university has over 140 different partnerships with prestigious international schools. Furthermore, 96% of their students are employed in under 3 months after they graduate.
With 30 years of history, Porto Business School is currently the 59th best business school in the world, according to the Financial Times. Being the 1st Portuguese university to have the LEED certification in the GOLD category, they are currently located in Matosinhos, in the new facilities opened in 2014. They currently offer a variety of programmes such as MBAs, a wide range of postgraduate courses, training programmes for executives, as well as hosting seminars for top management. Despite not offering bachelors’ programmes, Porto Business School is a place where you can specialise in the area you want, as well as expanding your knowledge and network.
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Located right next to Parliament and 5 minutes away from the city centre, ISEG is the oldest business school in Portugal, and has educated students like Cavaco Silva (former president of Portugal) and Mário Centeno (current president of the Eurogroup in 2018). Known for receiving a great amount of foreign students every year, promoting a friendly and very cooperative environment on campus between the students, and having a great student life that can’t be compared, ISEG also has many long-standing traditions and a wealth of culture that is evident in their students. ISEG currently has 5 bachelors’ programmes (2 of them in English), 20 masters’ of science, as well as 9 PhDs. If you had an experience there, share your story with us!
As we can see in this article, there are 4 of the top 95 business schools in the world and one historical school that has an excellent international reputation which make up the best business schools in all of Portugal. Additionally, all of them are schools that promote international cooperation and welcome international students. If you are interested in studying business in this wonderful country, go to the institutional website of each school to check the conditions so you can have a great time and earn a great education in Portugal!