The Portuguese Catholic University (UCP) is a non-state university. It is an academic community that helps defends and develops the human being and his/her cultural heritage through research, teaching and services. A major presence in the Portuguese university world, characterized by a Christian vision of mankind and making a specific contribution to all areas of knowledge.

UCP is recognized by the Portuguese State as a free, autonomous university institution of public utility. UCP was founded in 1967 and gained official recognition in 1971. Since its foundation, it has made a significant contribution to the development of higher education in Portugal, as recognized in the legal framework (Decree-Law 128/90) for the university, published in 1990.

Teaching at UCP – which has awarded degrees to around 20,000 students over the past 45 years – aims to combine academic excellence and education in human values. UCP has a regional structure.

CEPCEP (Study Centre on Peoples and Cultures) is a research centre of the Portuguese Catholic University, established in February 1983. In accordance with its charter, CEPCEP aims at furthering the understanding of human and cultural interactions throughout the world and the collaboration in the advancement of knowledge in all fields related to human and social behaviour. From 1983 to date CEPCEP has carried out several courses, seminars and research projects.

The list of all activities and publications of CEPCEP is available in:

CEPCEP is commonly regarded as the country leading hub of research and applied study regarding the interface between education and training systems, on one hand, and labour market, on the other as well as social inclusion issues such as evaluation of programmes fighting the discrimination  among more vulnerable people.



Universidad Católica Portuguesa

Palma de Cima. 1649-023 Lisboa, Portugal

Tel: +351 217 214 000



José Nogueira holds a degree in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Lisbon and is PhD in Public Policy from ISCTE – IUL (University Institute of Lisbon), with a thesis on disability. Researcher, Senior Consultant, expert in Public Policy and evaluation of social impact in projects of disability, inclusion and Human Rights; he is the…

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