ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
|ISCTE - Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa|
|Rector||Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues|
|Campus||Cidade Universitária de Lisboa|
ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, abbreviated ISCTE-IUL, 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-IUL was formerly called Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, abbreviated ISCTE (in English, Higher Institute of Business and Labour Sciences) at its creation in 1972, but that name was dropped in 2009 when it became a university institute of foundational nature.
As of today, ISCTE-IUL 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 and open, external assessments by international organisations.
ISCTE Business School holds institutional accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Association of MBAs (AMBA).
ISCTE-IUL is made up of four schools:
ISCTE-IUL confers Bachelor's, Master's, Integrated Master's and PhD degrees and Habilitation in scientific areas such as Anthropology, Sociology, History, Social Psychology, Political Science, Planning, Architecture, Economics, Finance, Business administration and Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Computer Science, Telecommunications Engineering, or Industrial Engineering.
ISCTE-IUL was established in Lisbon in 1972 as Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa 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.
From its creation, ISCTE was authorised to grant the bachelor's degree and the licenciatura degree, 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, 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 institute. This situation was regularised in 1988, and from that date onwards, ISCTE grants all academic degrees, 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.
ISCTE-IUL 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). It is also one of the few public university education institutions in Portugal with a foundational nature, other examples being the University of Porto and University of Aveiro.