U-Map in Portugal


In March 2011, the U-Map national approach started in Portugal. Within the framework of the U-Map LLL project, agreement was reached regarding the commitment of the Boards of the Portuguese Rector’s Conference (CRUP), the Portuguese Association of Private Universities and Polytechnics (APESP), and the Coordinating Committee of the Portuguese Polytechnic Institutes (CCISP) – as the three representative bodies of the Portuguese higher education institutions. This U-Map project is funded with the support of the European Commission. The Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education informally supports the project by providing information regarding some key issues of the Portuguese higher education system.

A large number of Portuguese higher education institutions will be given the opportunity to participate and have their own U-Map activity profile generated. The project will be finalized after Summer 2011.

On-Line questionnaire

The main data collection instrument is the on-line questionnaire. In this questionnaire, information on definitions used and underlying rationale of the question is provided.

The procedure

In the process from datacollection to publication of results we follow the U-Map protocol.

Technical workshop

To facilitate higher education institutions in completing the questionnaire, a technical workshop was organized on 7 April 2011 in Lisbon at Lusíada University. In the technical workshop the questionnaire was presented in detail and potential pitfalls in the Portuguese context were discussed. For the report, click here.

Dissemination seminar

In the seminar on 10 October 2011 the results of the U-Map project in Portugal will be presented and the institutional U-Map profiles will be discussed within the Portuguese higher education policy context. For the program of the seminar, click here. For the report of the dissemination seminar, see here.

Important documents

The U-Map Glossary (version 2.0). The glossary specifies the definitions of the data elements of the questionnaire.

The Definitions and Sources for prefilling in Portugal.

The taxonomy table for the Portuguese degrees according to program level.

In the media

U-Map also receives attention in the Portugal media:

In the newspaper Diário Económico, this opinion column appeared on 14 April, 2011.


07 April 2011: Technical workshop in Lisbon. For the report, see here.

10 October 2011: Dissemination seminar in Aveiro. The program can be found here. For the report, see here.

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