Which are the 5 Best Business Schools in Portugal?
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 5 Best Business Schools in Portugal. Feel free to ask our experts for any questions you might have.
The 5 Best Business Schools in Portugal are:
Iscte Business School was created in 1972 and is recognised for its excellence in learning and research, innovative and entrepreneurial focus, international environment and exceptional work placement rates for its graduates. The school offers 7 Bachelors, 17 Masters and 4 PhD programmes and partnerships with more than 50 universities. Iscte Business School is accredited by A3ES, AACSB, EUA and AMBA. It is currently rated by the Financial Times as the 66th best business school in the world. Apart from the excellent quality of education, friendship, sport and culture occupy a very important space in Iscte Business School.
If you are thinking about enrolling in a Portuguese Business School, ISCTE Business School is definitely an option to take into account. The teaching method privileges an approximate aproach between students and teachers which facilitates the learning process. Besides that, this university has several groups and organizations to enroll outside studying activities that help students integrate into the campus environment and apply the knowledge acquired in classes into real-life cases in renowned companies.
With new facilities right in front of the famous Carcavelos beach, NOVA has 2 bachelor’s programmes, 3 master’s 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.
The people are very welcoming and helpful! The university has amazing teachers and a beautiful site seeing to the beach. There are a lot of international students so you never feel alone, there is always someone to talk to
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). Check out the institution’s EDUopinions page. 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 bachelor’s programmes (Management and Economics), 1 PhD, and 3 master’s 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.
The knowledge I got from this university is priceless. The professors were amazing, the program was well structured and the classes were very interesting. I and sure that the knowledge I developed will for sure play a decisive role in my professional future.
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 bachelor’s programmes, Porto Business School is a place where you can specialise in the area you want, as well as expand your knowledge and network.
My experience in Porto Business School was outstanding. The infrastructure is modern and spacious, the teachers are very helpful and open and the classes are interactive and interesting for us to learn more easily. I would one hundred percent recommend anyone who is interested in persuing a business career to take a chance in this remarkable premises. And if you do,I hope you love it as much as I did!
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 number 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 bachelor’s programmes (2 of them in English), 20 master’s of science, as well as 9 PhDs.
ISEG is a well known university be it national or international, which has more than 100 years of history.
So my expectations were very high, regarding my MBA frequency.
I must be honest, that in the overall, I think that ISEG is very well prepared and organized, and their academic offer is quite interesting and complete.
In specific terms of the MBA, I think it can be improved in terms of schedule organization; in some soft skills disciplines, the content didn’t match my expectations at all; and the duration of the hard skill disciplines should be enlarged.
What I like most in this experience is the possibility to know other students, from different nationalities and others backgrounds. The richness that relies on that, is amazing.
Although, there are things that have to change or get better, I would recommend to my friends, or family to do a MBA in ISEG.
Conclusion about the best Business Schools in Portugal
There are 5 of the top 95 business schools in the world and one historical school that has an excellent international reputation and these make up the best business schools in Portugal. Additionally, all of them are schools that promote international cooperation and welcome international students.
Editor’s note: This article was first published on the 8th of August 2018. We’ve updated it for current readers.