Director: Professor Joaquim José Ramalho
The Department of Economics is an academic unit of Iscte. It is one of the six departments of the Iscte Business School (IBS), one of the most prestigious management and economics schools in Portugal.
The Department of Economics currently includes 22 faculty members. Of these, 15 are full-time staff with PhD degrees. The remaining 7 are visiting scholars, with high prestige careers developed in important private and public companies, as well as in Public Administration, including participation in governing functions. This range of lecturers – strongly committed to their own teaching and research activities and studious of the applied reality of the Portuguese and international economy – is one of our most significant value added. This group of lecturers is strongly motivated, dynamic and committed to actively contribute to society by training students and disseminating the results of their research activities.
The Department has scientific responsibility for several education programmes, including the BSc in Economics, the MSc in Economics, the MSc in Business Economics and Competition and the PhD in Economics (the latter managed by BRU-IUL). All of them were designed and are regularly updated to ensure they follow the best international standards. Aiming to be in line with the trend observed in the international context, the MSc in Economics and the PhD in Economics are fully taught in English as well as several courses in the BSc in Economics. In turn, the MSc in Business Economics and Competition meets a training need, of a more specialised nature, in one of the most important areas of applied economics.
Also within the field of education, we assume a central concern with the teaching quality and cultivate a spirit of proximity between teachers and students, aiming to stimulate open debate and to promote a more fruitful learning process.
Beyond excellence in teaching, we also aspire excellence in research. In this regard, we are guided by the highest international standards. In association with the Business Research Unit (BRU), a research center funded by FCT under which the doctoral faculty of the department develop their research activities, we focus on scientific merit, particularly encouraging the publication in top international journals (ISI/SCOPUS). This strategy has led to an enormous growth in the research output conducted by the faculty members of the Department, allowing it to currently be in a high profile position within the national universities context.
Considering the past experience and accumulated knowledge, the present that we are proud of, the continuous willingness to evolve, and the solid commitment to the academic excellence, the Department of Economics aims and actively works to build an even better future.
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