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Organisation

The mission of P.PORTO is to create and further knowledge, science, technology and culture, and to provide students with technical, scientific, artistic and transverse skills that articulate knowledge and action, so as to become the agent of transformation at home and abroad, and through intervention contribute to the wise development of society.

P.PORTO presently follows a model of decentralised governance, in line with the autonomy of the Schools. P.PORTO governance structure comprises the General Council, the President, the Management Council and the Academic Council and is presently integrated by the Presidency Secretariat and Education Welfare Services, as well as the Teaching and Research Units.

GENERAL COUNCIL

It is the highest collegial body. Among its duties are regulations, the election of the President, expert opinions and other initiatives deemed necessary to the adequate running of the institution.

President

Manuela Melo 

PRESIDENCY

Higher body of governance and external representative of the institution. The President is responsible for the policy of P.PORTO and chairs the Management Council. The President is assisted by Vice-Presidents and Pro-Presidents, and by the Director.

President
Rosário Gambôa

Vice-Presidents
António Marques

Carlos Ramos
Delminda Lopes 
Luís Lima

Pro-Presidents
António Cardoso
Armando Silva
Diana Vieira
Elga Costa

Luís Rothes
Paula Peres

Management Council

Under the legislation in force for public bodies with administrative autonomy, the Council is responsible for the administrative, financial and property management of the institution, as well as for the management of its human resources.

Director

P.PORTO has a managing director. The duties of the Director include coordinating the services of the institution, manage staff that are not employed by the Teaching Units, and control the Schools that are not financially autonomous.
Director

Paulo Ferraz

Academic Council

The body that coordinates P.PORTO scientific and pedagogical activities, with the aim of achieving the highest level of articulation among Teaching Units, by fostering their development and cooperation under the scope of the general framework, and by encouraging synergies and the rationalisation of resources. The Academic Council is composed of the President, Vice-Presidents, Director and the Presidents of the seven schools.

Teaching Units

P.PORTO is made up of seven Teaching and Research Units - the schools. Their mission is teaching, research and the provision of services within the scope of their specific areas of expertise. The schools have scientific, pedagogical, administrative and financial autonomy. Schools may include or may have the power to create subunits, namely, research units.

EDUCATION WELFARE SERVICES

An autonomous service, focusing on the provision of school social action services. Their duties include the carrying out of social action policies, namely, according to the terms of the law, the provision of direct and indirect support, such as scholarships, food, accommodation, healthcare services, cultural and sports activities. The service is headed by the Director.
Director
Paulo Ferraz

STUDENT OMBUDSMAN

The Ombudsman defends and promotes the legitimate interests of the whole academic community and recommends actions to improve the quality of the learning/teaching process. The activity of the Ombudsman is carried out in connection with the Students Unions, and other bodies and services of the institution and of the schools.
Ombudsman

Berta Batista