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Covid-19 | We Stand UNITED

At CATÓLICA-LISBON we challenge you to make thoughtful decisions to benefit business and society. Our School’s mission and its global outlook are more important than ever before. Although today our students, faculty and staff may be miles apart, we continue to be a community of strong, inspiring and generous people. Together we will overcome the current challenges, maybe discovering purposes even more meaningful than before.

 

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Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

Almost five months have passed since March 11, when the WHO declared that the spread of COVID-19 was a pandemic and the world entered a lockdown. Since then, Portugal went from lockdown and panic in the face of the Italian and Spanish situation, to the Portuguese miracle of winning over the first wave of the infections, to then facing the harsh reality that the post-confinement period needs careful management. Finally, this past week we have seen an improvement in numbers, with Portugal starting to converge to the European average of new cases. The pandemic situation in Portugal and Europe is relatively under control, unlike the rest of the world, where the disease rages on.

Governments took unprecedented measures in the face of a severe economic crisis. The manuals of macroeconomic management are being re-written as we enter uncharted territory with new central bank measures and government policies. The European leaders agreed last week on a rescue package with the creation of a Recovery Fund worth about 5% of European GDP, on top of other measures already taken. I believe this was a pivotal moment for Europe. Please read my recent analysis in Negócios about the significance of what was agreed by the European leaders.

CATÓLICA-LISBON, under the moto #WeStandUNITED, transformed itself in the last months in the path of digitalization and impact through knowledge sharing. All classes were offered online during the confinement, we organized more than 30 digital knowledge events in the last four months reaching more than 70,000 people, launched a new Center of Economics for Prosperity, created a web-page with economic insights of our faculty related to the pandemic, and maintained this weekly briefing to engage our community. In June, we re-started executive classes on campus and ramped up our online educational offer as well.

In the meanwhile, we have experienced a strong rise in applications for our Masters programs and our International Undergraduate Programs and have admitted the strongest Classes ever. The applications for the national undergraduate programs opened this month until August 10th.

We are now busy continuing our digital transformation process and preparing to welcome back our degree students in the 1st week of September, with all the safety precautions. I will interrupt this briefing during August and will return in a month with fresh news of the start of the school year.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

As I write this message, the European leaders are gathered in Brussels trying to finalize an agreement that is fundamental to support the economic recovery of Europe. Much is at stake for Portugal, Europe and the World in the face of the severe consequences of the pandemic. Next week, in my last message before the Summer holidays, I will share some reflections about our collective future and also synthesize the trajectory and contributions of CATÓLICA-LISBON during the last four months of the pandemic.

This Tuesday, July 21, at 17.00h, we host the final digital conference of this season with the theme that has occupied us in the last few months – Health. We will focus on the future of the health care system in Portugal, addressing the key challenges that we are facing and the opportunities in a digital world to offer a more holistic and higher quality care that promotes the well-being of our citizens. The conference is organised by our executive education Professors Joana Santos Silva and Francisco Velez Roxo, who are experts in health care management, with guest Dr. Ricardo Batista Leite, parliament member and scientific coordinator for public health at Católica’s Institute for Health Sciences.  Please Register here.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

Last week our NECEP – CATÓLICA-LISBON Forecasting Lab - published its quarterly report on the Portuguese Economy. The estimate for the GDP fall in the 2nd trimester is 13% compared to the 1st quarter and 15.5% compared to last year. NECEP maintained its central forecast, announced in March, of a 10% GDP fall in 2020. Normally, we share this report only with NECEP subscribers but during the pandemic we decided to share it with all our community given the importance for business leaders of having sound information in times of uncertainty. You can access our press release and full report here. This is an extraordinary high quality analysis and I recommend that you download it and read it.

Given the very difficult situation of the Portuguese and global economy, it is even more important that we stand united and collaborate across sectors and across institutions to collectively address the challenges we are facing. CATÓLICA-LISBON will continue to provide thought leadership and learning opportunities for action and impact. Our next digital conference will be this Tuesday, July 14, at 17.00h with Professor Rita Coelho de Vale and her consumer research team, sharing a new study of consumption patterns of the Portuguese in the post-confinement period. Please Register here.

On Thursday, July 16, from 15.00h to 16.30h, in partnership with the Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce, we bring you an outstanding webinar on Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization: Opportunities from a new Global Reality. The international panel of guests includes Professor Manuela Veloso and will be moderated by our Professor João Ribeiro da Costa. Please register here.

That same evening at 18.00h we will continue with our industry-themed digital conferences and focus on the wine sector: COVID-19: Impacto e futuro no setor dos vinhos, moderated by our executive education professors Nuno Fazenda and José Couto. Please register here.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

First, I would like to share some good news from CATÓLICA-LISBON. A team of marketing Master students won 3rd place in the world in the L’Oréal BRANDSTORM competition to promote a more sustainable, plastic-less future. After their selection as the team to represent Portugal among all Business Schools, Francesca Di Majo, Jonas Strunk and José Saraiva were in the podium of the Global Finals at the end of June, and also won the People’s Choice Award. Congratulations to the team and a special thank you to Prof. Kyryl Lakyshyk who mentored them and other CATÓLICA-LISBON teams in this global competition.

Also at the end of June, our Center for Responsible Business organized the Online Water Summit. This was a very engaging and profound event, bringing together key stakeholders of water in Portugal and the World to address critical issues of water scarcity and improvement of water usage. Please read this summary of the conclusions and next steps from the Summit. This Summit was an initial CATÓLICA-LISBON’s contribution to a stronger movement for Water preservation in Portugal, a movement in which Corporations are a key part of the solution.

Last week we organized two outstanding Knowledge@CATOLICA-LISBON conferences. In the first, Professor Jorge Buescu analysed the latest numbers from the pandemic and our Professor Miguel Gouveia provided us new insights about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in the health of the Portuguese, measured as a “loss of quality adjusted life years”. I recommend that you watch the video of the conference to gain new insights on the pandemic. In the second conference, Professor João Matos gave us a very insightful and practical seminar on how to approach and manage a difficult negotiation to achieve the best possible outcome. More than 1000 people registered for this conference. Please see the video here to learn about new frameworks to negotiate and excel in tough situations.

Our next digital conference will be Tuesday, July 14, at 17h with Professor Rita Coelho de Vale sharing a new study of consumption patterns of the Portuguese in post-confinement period Please Register here.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

The pandemic seems to be getting worse around the world and we will all need to balance the imposition of sanitary restrictions that slow the spread of the virus, with our individual responsibility in avoiding unnecessary risky situations, while maintaining a productive life and work that sustains our Economy. CATÓLICA-LISBON continues bringing you important knowledge and tools to understand this novel situation and help all of us deal with it in the best way possible.

Our Knowledge@Católica-Lisbon Conference, this Tuesday June 30th at 17h, (in Portuguese) will focus on the recent evolution of the epidemic in Portugal and its true health impacts. Our guest, Mathematics Professor Jorge Buescu from FCUL, will present is latest analysis of the epidemics evolution, while our Economics Professor Miguel Gouveia will present his analysis of the health impacts of the epidemic based on the loss of “quality adjusted life years” of the population, which is a good measure to advise effective public policies. Please register here for this very interesting digital conference.

Due to the pandemic, many people are facing difficult situations in which they may need to negotiate with an employer, a bank, a landlord, or a business partner, in a position of weakness.  Our knowledge conference this Thursday July 2nd at 17h, (in Portuguese) will feature our Negotiations Professor João Matos discussing “Negotiating from a Disadvantaged Position”. Please register here to learn about new frameworks to negotiate and excel in tough situations.

I am also pleased to share that last week we concluded the six employability webinars that our Careers & Talent team offered the wider community under the initiative “Objetivo: Emprego”. Over six weeks more than 5.000 people joined us live in Zoom or in YouTube, to learn from our career experts the best strategies to position in the job market and find suitable employment. Congratulations to the Careers & Talent team for launching this wonderful initiative.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

Filipe Santos, Dean of CATÓLICA-LISBON 

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

This week, and in coming months, our School continues to bring knowledge and learning to address strategic issues facing Portugal and our Planet.

Our knowledge conference, this Tuesday June 23rd at 15h, will focus on “The Future of Tourism”. One of the industries most affected by the pandemic is Tourism. Around the world, people are changing the way they feel and think about traveling. Airlines and Tourism companies thus face great uncertainty regarding not only sanitary restrictions but also consumer mind-set and needs. For this seminar, we invited international leaders who will share insights on this key economic sector. Please register here.

Beyond the pandemic, we are also focusing on critical issues for long-term well-being and sustainable development. Our Center for Responsible Business & Leadership is organizing a digital Water Summit on 25 & 26 June, from 15h - 18h, to provide attendees with an understanding of water scarcity and its intrinsic dependencies across businesses, involving the entire value chain of Sourcing, Production and Consumption. Keynote speakers include the CEO of UN Sanitation and Water for All, the Minister of Environment and Climate Action of Portugal, and the Manager of Sector Strategy at Water.org, as well as panel speakers from L’Oréal, Tintex, Pingo Doce, Veolia, Águas de Portugal, Toyota, Microsoft, Super Bock, LNEC, Esporão, Pestana Hotel Group, Bial, LIS-Water and Sugal. Please sign up for this event here.

If you missed last week’s Dean Speaker Series interview of alumnus Luís Amaral, please see here the video of our wonderful conversation.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

I am pleased to share that the Financial Times ranked CATÓLICA-LISBON’s Masters in Finance as the 26th best in the world! According to the rankings published this morning, our graduates have full employment (97% have a job 3 months after graduation) and receive a 47% increase in salaries in three years, with an international career progress that is the 16th best in the world. These results make us proud, particularly because they compare with hundreds of top programs globally and reflect the experience and performance of all our 2016 graduates in Finance, and not a selected sample.  A thank you to all our dedicated staff and professors, in particular our Dean for Degree Programs, Professor Guilherme Almeida Brito, and our Academic Director of the MSc in Finance, Professor José Faias, for their exemplary dedication. For this year, we have received excellent Masters applications, in quantity and quality, and we are looking forward to welcoming in September the most international class ever.

This week is an important one for Católica. Our staff returns to campus, working in shifts, to prepare for next School year, while executive education sessions continue to take place on campus, as Knowledge, Learning and Impact have never been more important. We will also continue our digital conferences: this Tuesday June 16th at 17h I host an outstanding alumnus for the Dean’s Speaker Series - Luís Amaral – international business leader, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, for a conversation (in Portuguese) on how business is changing due to COVID-19, digital transformation, consumer trends and impact projects. Please register here to join us online for this insightful session.

This is also an important week for Europe due to the Friday meeting of European Leaders to discuss the new European Recovery Fund. Please read here my analysis about the importance of the Commission’s proposals and how they may transform Europe.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

Last Thursday we had a very successful launch of the Center of Economics for Prosperity with significant media coverage. Please check my summary article in Negócios and the Center’s webpage where you can also access the first report “Jobs at Risk due to COVID-19” as well as the page economycovid19 with the contributions of our professors to the economic recovery of Portugal. We will post more knowledge insights in the coming weeks.

I am pleased to share that our knowledge conferences, which started exactly two months ago, surpassed last week the mark of 50,000 viewers in zoom, youtube and facebook. If you missed any of the conferences, you can see them in our youtube channel.

Our next knowledge conference will be this Tuesday June 9th at 17h featuring Pedro Pina, one of our most successful alumnus, who is a top executive at Google. He will speak about Building a Global Career in a Digital World. Please register here.

Next week, on Tuesday June 16th at 17h, I host another outstanding alumnus for the Dean’s Speaker Series - Luís Amaral – international business leader, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, for a conversation (in Portuguese) on how business is changing due to COVID-19, the importance of impact projects, consumer trends and the economic recovery. Please register here.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

2020 will be a year unlike any other. The impacts of the pandemic in the economy are appearing in all their ugliness. Since 1990 the share of extremely poor people in the world (living with less than $1.9 per day) fell from 2 billion to 630 million. Now, in 2020 and for the first time since 1998, the number of very poor people is increasing and this rise may cancel the gains of an entire decade. Furthermore, the World Food Program predicts that the number of people facing acute hunger will double by the end of the year. Portugal is also very exposed to an increase in poverty, as the impact of the pandemic will be disproportionally borne by the lower income population. The food banks are already feeling the strain and unemployment is rising fast, despite the support to more than 20% of the active population in different government lay-off schemes covering 1.1 million workers. These are sobering numbers and never before was so critical to have robust economic and business policies, based on evidence and aligned with human values and shared prosperity goals.

To fulfill this mandate, CATÓLICA-LISBON is launching the Center of Economics for Prosperity (PROSPER). Led by our Professor Joana Silva, who joined the school last year and brings 15 years of experience as a Senior Economist at the World Bank, the center will mobilize the best economic analysis capabilities of our professors and researchers to inform the design of robust economic policies. The first initiative of the center is an in-depth analysis of the jobs at risk in Portugal due to the pandemic. Thus, I am pleased to announce that our Digital Conference this Thursday June 4th at 17h (in Portuguese) will be dedicated to the launch of the Center, the presentation of this report, and a speech from the Minister of Trabalho, Solidariedade e Segurança Social Drª Ana Mendes Godinho. Please join us this Thursday for this very important event: Who bears the cost of COVID-19: Analysis of Jobs at risk in Portugal. Please register here.

In the Knowledge conference of this Tuesday June 2nd at 17h, as previously announced, we will discuss how consumer brands are adapting their value proposition and marketing strategies to the confinement situation and the new consumption trends. This knowledge conference (in Portuguese) will feature senior managers of major brands sharing their experience and innovations, moderated by our Program Director Rosário Pinto Correia with comments from Professor Rita Coelho do Vale. Please register here.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

As the pandemic started in mid-March, it was clear that it would lead to a severe economic crisis. Being the leading school of business and economics in Portugal, we knew we had a responsibility to act, bringing knowledge, learning and impact. So we mobilized our professors to develop rigorous research initiatives related to the economic effects of the pandemic. These included our award winning NECEP GDP Forecasts, the widely cited CESOP surveys of the population, the well attended Knowledge Conferences, new Policy proposals, and innovative economic analyses using micro-data. I am pleased to announce that to contribute to the economic revival of Portugal, we launched this week a web-page that shares our results and analysesEconomic Analysis in times of COVID-19. We will communicate this webpage publicly later in the week but wanted to give you a first preview. Hope you find it valuable and we will keep updating it with new insights and analysis.

Our Knowledge conferences will continue this Tuesday, May 26th at 17.00h, featuring Manuel Rodrigues, Finance Professor in King’s College London, and former Secretary of State for Finance of Portugal, speaking on “Economic Recovery for Portugal and Europe”. Professor Rodrigues oversaw the Portuguese finances during the last crisis so he has a unique perspective on the possibilities and strategies available to the Portugal to re-ignite the economy.  Please register here.

On Thursday, May 28th at 17.00h, our knowledge conference (in Portuguese) will feature our Professor of Strategy, Ilídio Barreto. He will share insights on what is managers’ biggest challenge when facing external shocks like the one that we are experiencing, why inertia to change may set in, and how managers can mitigate that challenge and innovate. Please register here.

Next week, on Tuesday June 2nd at 17.00h, we will discuss how consumer brands are adapting their value proposition to the confinement situation and the new consumption trends. This knowledge conference (in Portuguese) will feature senior managers of major brands sharing their experience and innovations, moderated by our Program Diretor Rosário Pinto Correia with comments from Professor Rita Coelho do Vale. Please register here.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

This week we enter the 2nd phase of the de-confinement process in Portugal and the focus is shifting to the economic recovery process. In this crisis, many people are losing their jobs and will need to re-invent their career. At CATÓLICA-LISBON, we have an extraordinary Career and Talents Office (CTO) with a record of 100% employability of our graduates. I am pleased to share with you that, as part of our We Stand UNITED initiative to support society, our CTO will start offering weekly webinars on employability topics to unemployed people looking for new jobs. 

I am also pleased to let you know that our NECEP – Católica-Lisbon Forecasting Lab - won this week the Focus Economics award of Best Analyst Forecast Award 2020 for achieving the world’s most accurate estimate for the 2019 Portuguese GDP. This is a great tribute to the NECEP team and the quality of economic analysis of our faculty, a very valuable asset for all of us in the months to come.

If you missed last week’s inaugural digital Dean’s Speaker Series, with Carlos Moedas you can listen to this enlightening conversation in our YouTube channel. It is well worth your time!

Our digital conferences will continue this Tuesday, May 19th at 17h, with one the most brilliant Portuguese Economists in the world, Prof. Sérgio Rebelo from the Kellogg School of Management. Sérgio, who is our graduate and former faculty member, will talk about “Perspectives for the Global Economy in times of COVID-19”. Please register here.

On Thursday, May 21th at 17.30h, we celebrate the 2nd edition of the Women Entrepreneurship Award, organized by our Center for Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Join us to listen to the live pitches of our three finalists, all great examples of women entrepreneurial leaders.

Next week, May 26th at 17h, our digital conference will feature Prof. Manuel Rodrigues, Finance Professor from King’s College London, and former Secretary of State for Finance of Portugal, speaking on “Economic Recovery for Portugal and Europe”. Please register here.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

The Financial Times Global Rankings for Executive Education were released today. I am pleased to announce that CATÓLICA-LISBON remains amongst the 50 best schools in the world and top 25 in Europe! This ranking is composed of two other rankings, assessing thousands of schools worldwide:

- in customized programs for companies, we improved 15 positions to rise to 39th best school in the world, our highest position ever and the clear leader in Portugal. This was an excellent result that even deserved a specific mention in the FT article about the rankings.

- in open enrolment programs, we are now the 72th best school in the world.

Overall, we have reasons to be proud of our School’s achievements and also areas to continue improving to strengthen our leading position in Executive education. The executive education team is working hard to better serve our corporate clients and participants, to innovate in content and pedagogy and to digitalize our offering. Please contact us to customize our offerings to your corporate training needs.

This week we will re-start our Dean’s Speaker Series, now in digital format. My first guest is Carlos Moedas. Join us for this conversation (in Portuguese) on Tuesday at 17h, about economic recovery, the path forward for Europe and how to achieve positive societal impact. Please register here.

Our digital conferences will continue this Thursday, May 14th at 17h with Prof. Ricardo Reis bringing us (in Portuguese) the results of the 2nd survey about the economic and social impacts of the pandemic. The survey was developed in the last five days by UCP’s Polling Center, so this will be the most updated snapshot of the Portuguese in times of COVID-19. Please register here.

Next Tuesday, May 19th at 17h, we will have the privilege of hearing one the most brilliant Portuguese Economists in the world, Prof. Sérgio Rebelo from the Kellog School of Management. Sérgio, who was our graduate and former faculty member, will discuss “Perspectives for the Global Economy in times of COVID-19”. Please register here.

In general, please block all Tuesdays from 17h-18h for our knowledge conferences and speakers.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

This Monday Portugal starts the de-confinement phase, alongside most European countries.

We are re-opening the Economies in the middle of the deepest economic crisis of our lifetimes with unclear consequences for developed and developing countries alike, as well as the global balance. We all have questions about what the future holds, and we will address them in our Knowledge Digital Conferences in the coming weeks, with expert views and fresh data.

Before COVID-19, the world was converging on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) agenda of the United Nations. Will we see the acceleration of that convergence post-COVID or will we experience a more nationalist, self-interested policy focusing on basic needs of the population and survival of companies? Our Centre for Responsible Business & Leadership has organized a dynamic digital conference on this topic for this Tuesday May 5th at 17h, led by Prof. Nuno Moreira da Cruz and myself: What sort of world do we want after Covid19? - The key role of the SDGs. Please register.

The confinement period challenged many of us to work and collaborate remotely, having to manage remote, distributed teams. How does working in distributed teams affect the motivation and well-being of employees? What are some of the best practices and opportunities in leading teams remotely? Our executive education teacher Hugo Lopes, an expert in participatory leadership, will share some global data and his insights this Wednesday, May 6th, at 17h (in Portuguese): Subitamente remotos: Desafios e Oportunidades na gestão de equipas remotas. Please register.

Next week we will continue to focus on life after COVID-19. Our May 12th conference will feature a conversation with Carlos Moedas, board member of Gulbenkian Foundation and former European Commissioner of Research, Innovation and Science, about what may change in terms of economics, innovation and policy at the European level. On May 14th we will host Prof. Ricardo Reis discussing fresh results from the representative survey we are conducting this week about the life and economic situation of the Portuguese population.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

Last week we gathered hundreds of our students, alumni, staff and faculty at our three digital conferences (always from 17h to 18h), with several thousands more watching the Facebook streamings or the recordings on our Youtube channel. It is great to see our community coming together at this time. Our School was also present in the media, sharing our knowledge and views. Just two examples:

- In my inaugural Dean’s column at Negócios newspaper “Esperar o Impensável, Preservar o Essencial” I argued that we should expect more unthinkable economic events that will require unconventional solutions. I also discussed at a Rádio Renascença interview the expected impacts of the crisis and the National and European policy options.

- One of the unthinkable economics events we faced last week was a negative oil price for futures. This was reported in the media as a bad thing. However, for a non-oil producer country as Portugal, and for Europe as a whole, a low oil price is a very good thing. My colleague Professor Miguel Gouveia explains in his Observador article why and by how much this will help us.

As we approach a post-confinement time, we will focus our next conferences on innovation to overcome the crisis. The first conference of the week (in English), Monday 27th April at 17h, will showcase examples of business model innovations for the digital age, featuring our award-winning Professor René Bohnsack, as well as Rita Romão, partner of AKA, showing us creative companies and solutions born out of the crisis. The conference on Tuesday 28th at 17h (in Portuguese) will take us on a journey, brought to us by consumer researchers at C-Lab, of how Portuguese people and their families are adjusting their survival and operational strategies in times of confinement and crisis. This is essential to understand post-crisis behaviors. Please register using the links and join us.

Next week we focus on envisioning the world after COVID. Our May 5th conference will focus on the topic of sustainable development and the creation of a new Economy. Our May 6th conference will be about how best to lead, manage and operate in virtual teams, a skill that we all need to build.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

 

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

Greetings and I hope you are all well and safe.

I want to focus my 2nd weekly message on our needed economic revival.

With a steep peak of infections avoided in Portugal and our health system coping well with the pandemic, the sentiment last week shifted to the economic impacts of the crisis and how to gradually lift confinement measures without risking a second surge in infections.

The confinement situation we have been living in since mid-March is already having profound economic and social implications. Professor Ricardo Reis shared last week the life of the Portuguese under quarantine in a digital conference that received 3500 views and more than 100 media mentions. The full results of the representative survey done by CESOP/UCP in collaboration with RTP and Público, can be accessed here.

We also heard last week sobering economic estimates from international organizations pointing to a reduction in GDP in 2020 of about 8% in Europe and Portugal, estimates that are coming very close to the 10% GDP drop estimated as the central scenario by our NECEP four weeks ago.

To discuss the most updated estimates for the economy, I am pleased to invite you to our next digital conference (in Portuguese) on Tuesday April 21st, at 17.00h featuring Professor João Borges de Assunção, coordinator of NECEP entitled: “2020: A Odisseia da Economia Portuguesa no Grande Confinamento”. To participate please use this link.

And what should we expect from a global economy affected by the plague? What is the historical precedent, implications, and revival strategies? Professor João Luis César das Neves contributed yesterday with a short and insightful piece for our weekly responsible business newsletter about the key trade-offs that we face in times of pandemics. I invite you to read it and also to subscribe to that newsletter to receive each Sunday an insightful nugget of knowledge to start your impactful week.

And in case you wish to hear the full Masterclass of Professor César das Neves, then you are invited to the digital conference (in Portuguese) on Wednesday, April 22nd at 17.00h entitled: "A Economia em Tempos de Peste”. Please register at this link to reserve your place.

Finally, we also need to understand how the Portuguese are adapting to this crisis and how their life and consumption behaviors will change. The Observatory of Portuguese Society at CATÓLICA-LISBON conducted at the end of March a study with the purpose of assessing the impact of the crisis in indicators like Happiness, Well-Being, Consumption, and Economic Impacts, as well as future expectations. We thus invite you to the 3rd digital seminar of this week on Thursday April 23rd at 17.00h, in which Professor Rita Coelho do Vale will present the study results (in English): “The Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Portuguese Society”. Click here to attend

We have much to communicate and share at CATÓLICA-LISBON, as the world continues to change quickly and we all need insightful understanding to act in a purposeful way.  Stay tuned for our next knowledge updates and stay safe.

#WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

With best regards to all,

 

To the CATÓLICA-LISBON Community,

Greetings and I hope you are all well and safe.

We are living in challenging times. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our first priority was the well-being of our staff, faculty, and students. We have followed daily and supported all members of our community who were isolated or feeling some symptoms. Two of our staff and our faculty tested positive and have since recovered fully. We received no indication of a positive diagnosis among our students.

Our other immediate priority was to transition all our teaching and pedagogical support activities online to continue fulfilling our mission of knowledge, learning and impact. This was done successfully in mid-March in less than a week, with the remarkable dedication of our staff, extraordinary agility of our faculty and amazing adaptation and positive response from our students. Either through Zoom conferencing or TEAMS video and collaboration tools, all teaching and evaluations are being delivered remotely and the schedule of classes and exams is being kept.

To support better our graduating students and companies, our Careers and Talent Office is working remotely, with the usual availability for individual counseling to help you find the best employment position, adjusting the Learn in Action and Career Accelerator Lab modules to the new online reality, and developing new ways of bringing together our students and partner companies. Contact directly your Career Consultant or careers.clsbe@ucp.pt and pay attention to the weekly updates they are sending you.

In terms of next steps, given the instructions of the Portuguese government and the guidelines of our rectory, I can now confirm that our building will remain closed until the end of April and that we will continue offering all classes remotely until the end of this school year. The end-terms and final exams will follow previously defined schedules. The University is assessing the health situation to decide if the examination process will be done remotely or on-site, with the necessary health precautions. We will share more information on exams, as soon as possible. In any case, as previously stated, we will find appropriate solutions for those who have left Portugal and will be unable to return. Master thesis defences will be scheduled and will occur remotely, if needed.

All of the above describes how we are adapting to the new situation and continuing our mission of knowledge and learning. But does it make sense to continue operating “as usual” in a world that is facing the biggest pandemic in 100 years? The answer is both Yes and No.

There are crises, like natural catastrophes, when we need to stop all that we are doing to help others. This crisis is different. Some (such as the health professionals) are on the frontlines. The rest of us do our part in this pandemic by staying home and teleworking. So let us use this as an opportunity to deepen our knowledge and improve our learning while creating a virtual connection with others.  Ironically, now that we are isolated at home, we feel closer to each other and part of a global community. We Stand UNITED.

In terms of the pandemic, I want to share a word of confidence and reassurance.  It is true that we are currently experiencing an unprecedented health crisis, of a global reach probably not seen since the “Spanish Flu” of 1918-20. Luckily, our world today is not the world of 1918. We will beat this pandemic more quickly and with a much lower human cost. The world woke up slowly to the pandemic but now the full force of our global health, medical and scientific resources is focused on this challenge. We will overcome the health crisis.

However, we will soon face an unprecedented global economic crisis, which could be of a scale similar to the 1929 Great Depression. NECEP, the Forecasting Lab of CATÓLICA-LISBON, issued one of the first analyses of the economic impact of this crisis for Portugal. The report predicts a reduction of GDP in 2020 between 4% and 20%, depending on the duration of the health crisis and the efficacy of the measures to support the economy. The estimates for the global economy are also very negative.

Luckily, our world today is not the world of 1929. We can act boldly, implementing measures to support the economy, companies and workers, to avoid the more negative scenarios. And time matters. The support measures that governments will implement in the next weeks and the decisions of business leaders and citizens in response to the crisis may mean the difference between a short-lived recession and an economic calamity 

And this is why we need strong expertise in business and economics and why our knowledge, learning and impactful actions are critical. We need to rise to this economic challenge, individually and collectively, and CATÓLICA-LISBON is doing its part as the leading school of business and economics in Portugal.

Our work has been developed on several fronts:

- In addition to the excellent forecasting work of our NECEP, CATÓLICA-LISBON launched last week a task force of our Economics professors to analyze the economic situation and contribute to designing effective policies to support the Portuguese and European economies. Professor Joana Silva, formerly senior Economist at the World Bank, is coordinating these efforts.

- We launched last week a series of Digital Conferences to share the analysis and insights of our faculty and experts with students, executives, alumni, and the public. Our first conferences were devoted to “The Economy in times of Plague” and “Responsible Business Leadership: Challenges from a Global Crisis”.

- We co-sponsored and launched a survey through UCP’s Polling Centre called “COVID-19 and the Portuguese”. We surveyed a representative sample of 1700 Portuguese citizens in the first week of April to understand how they are living and adapting to this crisis. The highlights were released this weekend at RTP and in Público. We will further analyze the data and share the results with you on Tuesday, April 14th, at 5pm during our next digital conference (in Portuguese). Click here to register.

- Consumers are being profoundly affected by this crisis and are changing their shopping behaviors and personal attitudes. Working conditions have also changed dramatically. Our Observatory of the Portuguese Society, together with the Online Research Panel is a powerful research infrastructure to understand these changes. A study conducted last week, with 1000 participants, led by Professor Rita Vale, will offer us insights on the challenges our society faces. The research team is also developing a series of studies to help companies understand better the post-pandemic consumer. The first results will be released this week.

- We are implementing through our Center for Applied Studies (CEA) led by Professor Ricardo Reis, an initiative to assess the impact of the crisis in PMEs of specific sectors and help them overcome the challenges, with the expertise of our faculty and students.

- Our students are also showing great initiative. On April 4th, our student club “Tech@Catolica”, in partnership with our Center for Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Thorly Education ran a Digital Hackaton on Explore COVID-19. 40 participants from numerous countries learned how to use Python and real data to predict the COVID-19 infection curve. The initiative had 80 people on the waitlist and is likely to run again soon.

There will be much to communicate and share, as the world is changing very quickly. At the beginning of each week, I will report to you the latest results of our work, the new insights, and upcoming conferences.

#WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.

With best regards to all,

 

[Updated 13/4/2020]

Given the instructions of the Portuguese government and the guidelines of our rectory, we will continue offering all classes remotely until the end of this school year.


[Updated 20/3/2020]

Your safety is our paramount concern and we are implementing all necessary measures to ensure it in close collaboration with the Portuguese Health Authorities. For that purpose, CATÓLICA-LISBON’s building will remain closed until April 9th.

Although on-campus classes are suspended, CATÓLICA-LISBON is mai­­­­­ntaining its teaching activities. Courses and teaching will be delivered virtually following the regular schedule for the 4th Trimester.

We are all remotely connected but our sense of community did not diminish. We have been working around the clock trying to minimize the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis on your educational experience and our programs.

After on-campus classes restart, CATÓLICA-LISBON will offer you the possibility to follow your courses remotely during the 4th Trimester. We strongly believe that interactions with your classmates, instructors, and career advisors personally in Lisbon are more organic, and we will return to them as soon as it is safe. When we are ready to do so, if you are not able to attend classes in person you will have the possibility of joining them remotely (specific schedules may be offered).

[Updated 13/4/2020]

We have transitioned all our teaching and pedagogical support activities online to continue fulfilling our mission of knowledge, learning and impact. This was done successfully in mid-March in less than a week, with the remarkable dedication of our staff, extraordinary agility of our faculty and amazing adaptation and positive response from our students. Either through Zoom conferencing or TEAMS video and collaboration tools, all teaching and evaluations are being delivered remotely and the schedule of classes and exams is being kept.


[Updated 20/3/2020]

Remote learning and evaluation in degree programs are moving towards full implementation.

Classes activities are being delivered through Teams, Zoom, and Moodle. As we adjust to the new situation you will be receiving specific information from each professor, through Moodle or email.

Keep in mind that we are shifting to remote learning, not an e-learning system. This means that you still have to follow the regular schedule for most classes and learning activities.  If you are outside of Portugal, please keep in mind that all schedules are based on Portugal’s time zone.

[Updated 13/5/2020]

Upon further consideration, it was decided that all exams will be conducted remotely until the end of the academic year.

The exam schedule for Master programs is available here.

The calendar of endterms and final exams for Undergraduate programs is available here.


[Updated 07/5/2020]

From May 22nd onwards, we will gradually restart on-campus activities for students.  We will implement the necessary measures to safeguard everyone’s wellbeing, which is our priority.  We count on all member of the school community - students, faculty and staff - to comply with the safety protocol (available here).

In the Master programs, all exams for the spring courses will be conducted remotely. The exam schedule will soon be available here.  

In Undergraduate programs, endterms and exams will be conducted both on-campus and remotely. The exam format, room and calendar will soon be available here.


[Updated 13/4/2020]

The endterms and final exams will follow previously defined schedules. The University is assessing the health situation to decide if the examination process will be done remotely or on-site, with the necessary health precautions. We will share more information on exams, as soon as possible. In any case, as previously stated, we will find appropriate solutions for those who have left Portugal and will be unable to return.


[Updated 18/3/2020]

CATÓLICA-LISBON will maintain the defined schedule for exams and midterms, so you should continue preparing for this evaluation component of the courses.

We are working hard to offer you an educational experience that respects, as much as possible, the previously defined schedule, adapted to a remote environment. You have also been working hard and you should be able to achieve closure in your courses/midterms. Under these conditions, the School has decided to keep the exam schedule as planned, reducing the future uncertainty associated with your plan of studies.

Professors are adapting the evaluation of their courses to a remote environment. You will receive specific instructions from each professor, clarifying the evaluation process. By default, you may assume your exam/midterm will start at the time predefined in our schedule.

We strongly encourage you to proceed with your studies, participate in the exams/midterms and achieve closure of your courses in this trimester. Nevertheless, if for personal or family reasons you are unable to prepare and complete the exams, the School is committed to find alternative remedial solutions in very exceptional circumstances.

In addition to the regular acceptable justifications for absences, the School is adding the following: if you are traveling back home during the exam time; if you or a next of kin are hospitalized.  Other reasons (e.g., time difference or jetlag) will not be considered as justified absences. As usual, you should follow the “request for justified absence” procedure and submit a request to Undergraduate Affairs or Master Affairs attaching all necessary documentation (travel itinerary, boarding passes, hospital declaration, etc.)

[Updated 13/4/2020]

Master thesis defences will be scheduled and will occur remotely, if needed.


[Updated 16/3/2020]

Due to the declaration of “the state of emergency” in Portugal and in line with the communication from of our Rector postponing all public defenses of MSc and Ph. D. Thesis, we are not able, at this moment, to schedule your thesis defenses. At the same time, this crisis has impacted all of us and it is likely to have impacted your dissertation progress.

Under these conditions, we are postponing the thesis submission deadline from April 1st to April 22nd, creating a little more flexibility for those that need it. Nevertheless, you can always deliver your thesis before this new deadline. The deadline to complete the study plan is adjusted to April 17th and the treasury deadline is adjusted to May 3rd, 2020.

The updated information concerning the thesis defense dates and deadlines can be found here.

[Updated 15/3/2020]

We regret to inform you that our Graduation Ceremony will no longer be held on May 9, 2020. Our responsibility towards our graduates and their families oblige us to cancel this event, placing our community’s safety first and minimizing the public health risk.

We are planning to hold the ceremony at a later date in 2020 when the conditions are more suitable for this celebration.

This postponement is inconvenient to all involved - the University, the academic community and, most importantly, you and your families.  However, it is the only responsible course of action at this time and we appreciate your understanding.

Common signs of COVID-19 infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please report them to the national health authorities at SNS 24: 808 24 24 24 (in Portugal) or the health authorities of the country where you are currently.

Please familiarise yourself with the latest Portuguese National Health Authority coronavirus (COVID-19) advice (auto-translated version). We recommend revisiting this advice regularly, as it is likely to be reviewed, and updated.

In order to help us keep track of students regarding COVID-19 health issues, please also contact Undergraduate or Master Student Affairs.

The health authorities recommend that anyone in direct contact with someone diagnosed positive for COVID-19 should be in isolation until 14 days have passed from the date of exposure. In case you manifest any symptoms please report them to the national health authorities at SNS 24: 808 24 24 24 (in Portugal) or the health authorities of the country where you are currently.

We are keeping track of students, faculty, and staff. We will inform you immediately if we become aware of any possible contact you may have had in School with someone diagnosed positive so that you can take adequate prevention measures.

 [Updated 13/5/2020]

The School is aware that some students may not have the best conditions at home to do your online exams. CATÓLICA-LISBON will prepare a few rooms at the school that, upon request, can be used to do in-premises exams, always respecting the appropriate safety measures (please contact the student affairs office at least 72 hours before the exam if you would need this arrangement).


[Updated 07/5/2020]

From May 22nd onwards, we will gradually restart on-campus activities for students.  We will implement the necessary measures to safeguard everyone’s wellbeing, which is our priority.  We count on all member of the school community - students, faculty and staff - to comply with the safety protocol (available here).


[Updated 13/4/2020]

Given the instructions of the Portuguese government and the guidelines of our rectory, our building will remain closed until the end of April and we will continue offering all classes remotely until the end of this school year. The University is assessing the health situation to assess the possibility of progressive opening of services on campuses.


[Updated 20/3/2020]

CATÓLICA-LISBON is implementing all necessary measures to ensure health safety conditions in close collaboration with the Portuguese Health Authorities, for the building to be open soon. The building is temporarily closed until April 9th.

[Updated 07/5/2020]

All scheduled classes will be offered remotely until the end of the academic year.


[Updated 20/3/2020]

It is uncertain how soon our School community would be able to return to the physical classes and interactions on campus. 

What we do know is that we want you to complete your education journey, so our faculty and support teams are preparing for continuing to deliver classes remotely until the end of the academic year.

We strongly believe that interactions with your classmates, instructors, and career advisors personally in Lisbon are more organic, and we will return to them as soon as it is safe.  When we are ready to do so, if you are not able to attend classes in person you will have the possibility of joining them remotely (specific schedules may be offered). Please keep in mind that there may be time differences and you will still have to comply with schedules based on Portugal’s time zone.

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[Updated 13/05/2020]

Yes. All exams will be conducted remotely until the end of the academic year.

The exam schedule for Master programs is available here.

The calendar of endterms and final exams for Undergraduate programs is available here.


[Updated 07/5/2020]

In the Master programs, all exams for the spring courses will be conducted remotely. The exam schedule will soon be available here.  

In Undergraduate programs, endterms and exams will be conducted both on-campus and remotely. If you have travelled to your home country, you will be able to take the exams remotely. The exam format, room and calendar will soon be available here.


[Updated 20/3/2020]

If you decide to travel home, you may still take on-line exams. Please keep in mind that there may be time differences and you will still have to comply with schedules based in Portugal’s time zone.

Some of you have been asking us how can you fulfil the international requirement in case partner schools do not allow you to join their school in any of the semesters (neither Fall or Spring). Our first preference would be that you could indeed benefit from the extraordinary experience of going abroad, but that, as you know, is not under yours or our control. In case this first preference is not possible to implement, we will offer a solution (e.g., international project/course) to all students from the International Undergraduate Programs to complete the international mandatory requirement at Católica Lisbon during the Spring semester. We hope this assurance reduces your anxiety regarding the next academic year.

We will be monitoring all these situations closely since, as you know, the level of uncertainty is still very high. But for now we will be planning all 3rd year courses endterms to be offered in the period of exams before Christmas. Special circumstances will then be analyzed case by case. 

Our first goal is always to offer you the best educational experience. In case we observe any of these last minute cancellations we will obviously allow you to enroll in courses at Católica Lisbon. Our students are our priority.

Unfortunately placing students in alternative universities, either based on available spots or the preference of the students, is not a viable solution. The reallocation to another country and/or school is not administratively feasible due to the regular administrative procedures for students’ nomination within established deadlines.

The level of uncertainty about the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus is still very high, but for now our expectations are towards offering you the possibility of coming to school as of the first week of September. We are analyzing different solutions to allow you to come to school to attend the maximum number of classes (probably combined with some remote classes), always respecting safety guidelines in place at that time

UCP Community Information

[Updated 07/5/2020]

The lifting of lockdown measures shall take place according to the following timeline:

  • May 4th to 8th - Cleaning and preparation
  • May 11th to 21st - Reopening of front office services (with restrictions)
  • May 22nd – Reopening of educational and research activities with students

Detailed information regarding the Campus Reactivation Plan may be found here.


Information is key to keeping you and your colleagues safe. Please find here guidelines provided by Universidade Católica Portuguesa to the entire community of our University.

Country-specific Information

[Updated 2/5/2020]

The President of the Republic of Portugal has announced that the state of emergency ends at midnight on 2 May and that Portugal will begin to open up with small steps.


[Updated 18/3/2020]

On 18 March 2020 the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, announced a State of Emergency to be brought in by the Portuguese Government. The State of Emergency legislation published on 20 March brings into force a series of measures to limit the spread of the virus (COVID-19). Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Portugal.

The measures include significant restrictions on movement throughout the country, affecting public places and transport. They will be in place for an initial two weeks and can be extended. Public gatherings are banned, most shops other than those selling food or other essential items such as pharmacies have been closed. People in the country have been instructed to remain at home unless they need to carry out one of the following activities:

  • to buy food or other essential items;
  • to go to work if unable to work from home;
  • to go to hospital or health centers;
  • to carry out caring or similar duties or in case of real need;
  • to return to their primary residence;
  • to exercise outdoors and walk pets, for short periods and never in groups.

An informal English translation of the decree, covering the key areas that affect all citizens in the country, is found here.

Visit the official Portuguese national health authority website for daily updates (auto-translated version).

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