ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon

ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa is a Portuguese public tertiary education institution. It is located in the city centre of Lisbon, in Cidade Universitária, adjoining the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) and Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) of the University of Lisbon. ISCTE was formerly called Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (in English, Higher Institute of Business and Labour Sciences),[1] but its full name was dropped in 2009 when it became a university institute of foundational nature.[2] As of today, ISCTE is widely considered a fully-fledged public research university despite its traditional designation, as reflected in national news coverage of the performance of Portuguese universities internationally[3][4][5][6] and open, external assessments by international organisations.[7][8][9] ISCTE Business School holds institutional accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Association of MBAs (AMBA).[10][11]

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ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon
ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Former names
ISCTE - Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa
RectorMaria de Lurdes Rodrigues
Academic staff
Administrative staff
CampusCidade Universitária de Lisboa


ISCTE is made up of four schools:

  • ISCTE Business School (IBS)
  • School of Social and Human Sciences (ECSH)
  • School of Sociology and Public Policy (ESPP)
  • School of Technology and Architecture (ISTA)

ISCTE also has an institute dedicated to executive education, namely INDEG-ISCTE Executive Education.[12][13]

Degree programmes

ISCTE confers Bachelor's, Master's, Integrated Master's and PhD degrees and Habilitation in scientific areas such as Anthropology, Sociology, African Studies, History, Social Psychology, Political Science, Planning, Architecture, Economics, Finance, Business administration and Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Computer Science, Telecommunications Engineering, or Industrial Engineering.[14]


ISCTE was established in Lisbon in 1972 as Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa[15] using the faculty and facilities of the Instituto de Estudos Sociais (Institute of Social Studies, founded in 1963) as a first step towards a new and innovative public university in Lisbon. Its present designation dates from 2009.[16]

In 1972, the first year of operation, 296 students matriculated at ISCTE: 219 in Economics, 66 in Business Administration (in Portuguese: Organização e Gestão de Empresas) and 11 in Work Sciences (Ciências do Trabalho).[17]

From its creation, ISCTE was authorised to grant the bachelor's degree and the licenciatura degree,[1] which was granted after the completion of four to five years of study that often required writing a final dissertation and thus was roughly equivalent to the current master's degree, instituted as part of the Bologna process. From 1983 onwards, ISCTE was also authorised to grant the master's degree,[18] which was higher than the current Bologna process master's degree but still lower than a doctorate degree.

What was to be the first college of a never completed larger projected university (due to the carnation revolution of 1974) always remained a non-integrated university college/institute.[19][20] This situation was regularised in 1988, and from that date onwards, ISCTE grants all academic degrees,[21] including Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees, Honorary doctorate and Habilitation (called Agregação in Portuguese). In 2000, a university organisational framework design for ISCTE was published.[22]

ISCTE is today part of both the Fundação das Universidades Portuguesas (Foundation of Portuguese Universities) and the Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas (Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities).[23] It is also one of the few public university education institutions in Portugal with a foundational nature,[24] other examples being the University of Porto, University of Aveiro and New University of Lisbon.[25]

It is known that, in 2002, the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities emitted the opinion that ISCTE should integrate the University of Lisbon (1911-2013), and in 2012, the University of Lisbon (before the merger with the Technical University of Lisbon) invited ISCTE to become a part of the bigger University, but ISCTE turned down both invitations.[26]

Research units

ISCTE has quality research centers[27] in all its domains.[28] The major research centers are:

Notable alumni and professors

See also


  1. "Decreto-Lei 522/72, 1972-12-15". Diário da República Eletrónico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. "ISCTE passa a Fundação muda o nome e a imagem". Noticias Universia Portugal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  3. Silva, Samuel. "Ranking de universidades "jovens": nunca houve tantas portuguesas entre as melhores". PÚBLICO (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  4. "ISCTE é a primeira universidade com certificação ambiental e vai instalar painéis solares". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  5. Antunes, Rui Pedro (5 April 2017). "Portugal tem cinco entre as 200 melhores universidades jovens do mundo". Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  6. Observador. "Quatro universidades portuguesas estão entre as 100 melhores no ranking do Financial Times". Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  7. "Ranking & Subjects". Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  8. "EUA". Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  9. "Avaliação e Acreditação Institucional - European University Association (EUA)". ISCTE-IUL.
  10. List of AACSB-accredited business schools in Portugal (Source: AACSB website; accessed: 12. February 2019)
  11. List of institutions accredited by AMBA
  12. "Decreto-Lei 95/2009, 2009-04-27". Diário da República Eletrónico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  13. ISCTE — INSTITUTO UNIVERSITÁRIO DE LISBOA, Deliberação n.º 1971/2010, Diário da República, 2.ª série — N.º 212 — 2 de Novembro de 2010.
  14. "Cursos e Instituições". Direção Geral do Ensino Superior.
  15. The ISCTE-IUL was created by the Decreto-Lei nº 522/72, of 15 December 1972 (pdf file).
  16. "Decreto-Lei 95/2009, 2009-04-27". Diário da República Eletrónico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  17. "ISCTE Business School posted on LinkedIn". Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  18. Educação, Ministério Da. "Decreto-lei 167/83, de 29 de Abril". Diários da República (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  19. "Lei 46/86, 1986-10-14". Diário da República Eletrónico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  20. "Despacho Normativo n.º 11/1990" (PDF). DRE.
  21. "Lei n.º 108/88 de 24 de Setembro" (PDF). DRE.
  22. "Despacho Normativo n.º 37/2000" (PDF). DRE.
  23. "Decreto-lei nº 283/1993" (PDF). DRE.
  24. Decreto-Lei n.º 95/2009.
  25. Pinheiro, Ana. "Universidade Nova de Lisboa passa a Fundação Pública". Dinheiro Vivo.
  26. ISCTE. "45 Anos. Afirmação dum Identidade. ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa". ISCTE.
  27. "FCT — Unidades de I&D — Resultados da Avaliações". Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  28. "Research Centres at ISCTE-IUL - official site". Archived from the original on 9 March 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2010.