Educational Accreditation Bodies with Contact Details in Portugal
Since 2007, the Portuguese Accreditation Agency (Agencia de Acreditacao) was in charge for the national ranking of the higher education institutions and qualifications in Portugal. The agency is managed and run by the state. The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES ( Agencia de Avaliacao e Acreditacao do Ensino Superior) was responsible for accreditation of the higher education in 2010. In the year 2012 was released the first comprehensive accreditation report. In Portugal, there are many professional bodies that run their own accreditation systems and they are referred as Ordens.
All higher education institutions-university and polytechnics are regulated as per the same accreditation and evaluation procedure. The process comprises of two stages:
Stage 1: Initial approval of study programmes by the independent Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES)
Stage 2: Official recognition of higher education is granted by the Directorate-General for Higher Education (DGES), a division of the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
In Portugal, higher education quality assurance mechanism has been based on the Higher Education Evaluation Act, 1994. This act was composed jointly by the contractual model and the Conference of Rectors of Public Universities (CRUP) and it lead to the formation of the National Council for the Evaluation of Higher Education (CNAVES), which is a national quality assurance agency of higher education in Portugal.
A3ES - Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (In Portuguese: Agencia de Acreditacao )
The A3ES is in charge for the evaluation and accreditation of Portuguese higher education institutions
and their degree programmes
. It furthers the integration of Portugal in the European higher education quality assurance system, and additionally establishes the accreditation standards and norm.
A3ES - Agencia de Avaliacao e Acreditacao do Ensino Superior
Address: Praca de Alvalade 6 - 5. Frente
Phone: 351 21 351 16 90 / 351 21 790 78 00
Fax: 351 21 351 16 91
Other Educational National Bodies
Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (Ministerio da Ciencia, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior)
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education is in charge of setting up the policies, guidelines and regulations of the higher education system
Address: Palacio das Laranjeiras, Estrada das Laranjeiras,
205 - 1649-018205 - 1649-018
Tel.: 217 231 000
Fax: 217 271 457
Ministry of Education (Ministerio da Educacao)
The Ministry of Education is responsible for managing, implementing and assessing the educational policies, from basic to higher education. The Ministry of Education main aim is the evaluation of institutions, students, qualifications, teachers, projects, and study programmes.
Address: Avenida 5 de Outubro, 107-13
Tel: 217 811 800
Fax: 217 811 835
Directorate-General of Higher Education (Direccao Geral do Ensino Superior, or DGES)
The Directorate General of Higher Education provides support to the government and the Agency for assessment and accreditation of higher education, in defining and organizing the higher education institutions. It also manages the proceedings associated with the admissions in higher education. It also supports the mobility of pupils of Portuguese higher education in Europe.
Address: Av Duque D'Avila, 137.
Phone: 213 126 000
Fax: 213 126 001
National Council for Education (Conselho Nacional de Educacao)
The National Education Council provides its viewpoints and recommendation on issues related to the Portuguese education. It is an independent body
Address: Street Florbela Espanca
Tel: ( 351) 217 935 245
Fax: ( 351) 217 979 093
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portuguese Conference of University Rectors (Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas, CRUP)
The CRUP is responsible for organizing and managing university education in Portugal and comprises of permanent members of all public universities and the Catholic University of Portugal. It participates in the developing the national education plans and strategies; and issues opinion on the budgetary matter and changes required in public university education.
Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities (CRUP)
Address: The building - Campus Lumiar
Palace Road Lumiar
Tel: 213 602 950/213 602 952
Fax: 213 640 011
Coordinating Council for Polytechnic Institutes (Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Politecnicos, or CCISP)
The Coordinating Council of Higher Polytechnic Institutes, established in 1979, is the joint representative authority of public higher polytechnic education. It manages the polytechnic higher education system in Portugal; develop policies related to polytechnics, and issues opinions on budgetary matters.
Address: Av. 5 October, No. 89, 3rd floor
Lisbon 1050-050 Portugal
Phone: ( 351) 217 928 360
Fax: ( 351) 217 928 369
National Council for the Evaluation of Higher Education (Conselho Nacional de Avaliacao do Ensino Superior, or CNAVES)
The National Council for the Evaluation of Higher Education is responsible for quality external assessment of higher education.
CNAVES (National Council for Higher Education Assessment)
Address: Square Industries
Rose Building, 2
Phone: 213 616 140
Fax: 351(21) 3616149
Portuguese Association for Private Higher Education (Associacao Portuguesa do Ensino Superior Privado, or APESP)
The Portuguese Association of Private Higher Education is a consortium of non-state higher education institutions that is responsible for conducting studies that lead to the improvement in the higher education system of Portugal.
APESP (Portuguese Association of Private Higher Education)
Address: Av. the Republic No. 47, 1 disc.
Phone: 217 994 860
Portuguese Association of Higher Polytechnic Institutes (ADISPOR)
Address: Rua D. Estefania No. 195, 5 esq
Phone: 213 511 690