IPCA comprises the following bodies: the Academic Council, the Management Council, the General Council, the Evaluation and Quality Council, the President and the Student Ombudsman.
The Academic Council is, under the article 42 of IPCA statutes, an academic advisory body, which aims to ensure the cohesion of the institution through the participation of all organic units in its academic management.
The board members met for the first time on November 15 of 2011.
The competencies of the Academic Council are defined in the article 43 of IPCA statutes.
It is the Council’s responsibility, as an advisory body of the President and the General Council, to advise about:
- IPCA’s strategic plan;
- IPCA’s guidelines concerning scientific, pedagogical and research dimensions;
- The creation, transformation or abolition of organic units;
- The number of vacancies in 1st and 2nd cycle courses;
- The creation, suspension, abolition or evaluation of graduate and postgraduate courses;
- The implementation of cooperation protocols with other research and development units;
- Mobility general rules;
- Rules for the harmonization of the teacher assessment system;
- Rules for the technical-scientific and pedagogical harmonization;
- Rules for the harmonization of the academic calendar:
- General rules for the distribution of teaching service;
- Institution of school awards;
- The granting of titles or honours;
- The statutes of the organic units;
- Any matter with a technical-scientific and pedagogical nature submitted to it by the President.
The Academic Council is composed of the following members:
- The President or whoever appointed by him ,who chairs;
- The directors of the schools and of the research organic units;
- The presidents of the technical-scientific councils;
- The presidents of the pedagogic councils;
- The Student Ombudsman;
- The President of the Students’ Association.
Meetings of the Academic Council can be attended, without voting rights, by invited members that include the representatives of the Academic Services and the Evaluation and Quality Office.
Under article 40 of IPCA statutes:
- The Management Council is composed of the president of the IPCA, who chairs, by a vice president appointed by the president and by the administrator, who is also the secretary.
- It can also be composed of one or two members with recognized expertise in the management field freely chosen and appointed by the President among the teaching or non-teaching staff or outside the institution.
- The term of office of the members of the Management Council has the duration of the president’s term that appointed them and ends with this.
4.The directors of the organic units, the heads of the services, as well as students’ and non-teaching staff representatives may be required to participate in the meetings of the Management Council, without voting rights.
- The Management Council shall meet ordinarily once a month and anytime convened by its President or two-thirds of its members.
The competencies of the Management Council are set out in article 41 of IPCA statutes:
- It is the Management Council responsibility to:
- a) Conduct the administrative, patrimonial and financial management of IPCA, as well as the management of human resources, applying the legislation in force for public bodies with administrative autonomy;
- b) Set fees and charges;
- c) Decide on the granting of services management, such as canteens and residences, to students and external bodies, after hearing the director of the Social Services and the Students’ Association;
- d) Analyze the information, maps and reports submitted periodically by the directors of the organic units and directors of services relating to budget execution and the exercise of delegated powers;
- e) Give its opinion on any matter within its jurisdiction, submitted to it by the President.
- The Management Council may delegate to the President and /or to the Administrator the power to authorize expenditure and payments, up to a certain amount and provided that the previous budget is assured.
- The Management Council may delegate to the bodies of the organic units and to the responsibles for the services the management of their administrative, economic and financial dimensions, as well as their human resources, namely:
- a) To authorize expenses up to the amount fixed annually;
- b) To authorize expenses and respective payments through working capital fixed annually;
- c) To authorize holidays and working schedules of teaching and non-teaching staff.
Maria Alexandra Pereira da Silva Malheiro
Maria José da Silva Fernandes
Sónia Maria da Silva Monteiro
Verónica Paula Lima Ribeiro
Fernando Jorge Dias da Silva Rodrigues
Soraia Marla Ferreira Gonçalves
Maria Alexandra Pereira da Silva Malheiro
Irene Maria Portela
Mariana Teixeira Baptista Carvalho
Paula Cristina de Almeida Tavares
Vítor Hugo Mendes da Costa Carvalho
Nuno Miguel Feixa Rodrigues
Paulo Adriano Marques Sousa Teixeira
Abílio Fernando Bragança Milheiro
Stéphane Castro da Silva
Filipe António Fernandes Faria
Non-Teaching and Non-researcher Staff Representative
Maria Manuela Pereira da Silva
António Magalhães da Silva
Domingues de Azevedo
Duarte Nuno Pinto
João Macedo Lourenço
José Manuel Fernandes
Evaluation and Quality Council
Under the article 44 of IPCA statutes, the Evaluation and Quality Council is the body responsible for drawing up proposals for self-assessment mechanisms of IPCA’s performance, its organic units and its scientific and educational activities.
The Council members met for the first time on November 15 of 2011.
Under the article 45 of IPCA statutes, it is the Evaluation and Quality Council’s responsibility to define IPCA’s evaluation and quality guidelines, namely:
- Coordinate all self-evaluation and external evaluation processes of the institute’s performance and its organizational units, as well as scientific and pedagogical activities subject or not to the national system of assessment and accreditation;
- Develop a multiannual plan indicating the functional areas to be assessed;
- Propose evaluation rules to apply and define quality standards;
- Define and schedule the proficiency levels to be achieved by each quality standard;
- Review the assessment procedures performed and prepare the respective reports;
- Propose corrective measures to the identified weaknesses.
In all matters within its competence, the Evaluation and Quality Council may request advice or collaboration to other bodies of the institution or its organic units, namely the advisory ones.
The Evaluation and Quality Council is composed of:
1.The President of IPCA or whoever appointed by him, who chairs;
2.The Directors of the Schools;
- The evaluation coordinators appointed by each School;
4.The responsible for the Evaluation and Quality Office;
5.Two external personalities appointed by the General Council;
6.A representative of non-teaching staff elected to the General Council;
- A student representative for each school, chosen among the students that are part of the Pedagogic Council;
8.The responsible for the Academic Services.
The President of IPCA
The President of IPCA is the highest body of governance and external representation of the institution, being responsible for the direction of institutional policy.
The President is elected by the General Council, pursuant to the statutes of IPCA and the procedures provided for in its own regulation, approved in February 2011.
The first election for the President of IPCA occurred on April 27, 2011, when Professor João Baptista da Costa Carvalho was elected. The election was officially approved by the supervising Minister on 16 May 2011.
The first President of IPCA statutorily elected took office on June 3 of 2011.
According to the article 38 of IPCA statutes, it is the President’s responsibility to:
- Prepare and submit to the General Council the following proposals:
- medium-term strategic plan and action plan for the mandate;
- guidelines for the institution’s scientific and pedagogic dimensions;
- activities’ plan and report;
- budget and consolidated annual accounts together with the auditor’s opinion;
- acquisition or disposal of the institution’s real estate assets and credit operations;
- creation, transformation or abolition of organic units;
- tuition fees;
- IPCA’s participation in consortia with other higher education institutions or institutional cooperation in accordance with Articles 7 and 8 of the statutes;
- Represent the institution in and out of court;
- Approve the creation, suspension or extinction of courses;
- Approve the creation and reformulation of IPCA’s scientific areas;
- Approve the creation, transformation and extinction of information and research units or services;
- Approve the maximum number of new admissions and enrollments in each study cycle in each academic year, after consulting the Academic Council;
- Supervise the academic management, deciding in particular about the opening of vacancies, the appointment and hiring of personnel, selection boards and academic examinations as well as the system and regulations for the evaluation of teachers and students;
- Approve the distribution of teaching service;
- Guide and supervise the administrative and financial management of the institution, ensuring efficiency in the use of its means and resources;
- Provide support to students within the social services, under the law;
- Approve the granting of titles and honours, after consulting the General Council;
- Institute academic awards, after consulting the respective Technical-Scientific Council;
- Approve the statutes of the organic units and their revisions, being allowed to refuse only on the basis of illegality or nonconformity of the procedure of their establishment with the provisions of law or the present statutes;
- Approve the election and appointment of members of the management bodies of the units with self-government bodies, being allowed to refuse only on the basis of illegality;
- Appoint and dismiss, in accordance with the law and the statutes, the schools’ directors and the director of the Social Services by the assent of the General Council;
- Appoint and dismiss, in accordance with the law and the statutes, the administrator of IPCA and the directors of the other services of the institution;
- Exercise disciplinary power, requiring the assent of the General Council as regards the application of penalties for resignation or dismissal, for reasons attributable to the employee, or end of the secondment, in accordance with the law and the statutes;
- Ensure compliance with the resolutions taken by the collegiate bodies of the institution;
- Approve the regulations of the law and the statutes, subject to the regulatory power of schools and research units within their own competencies;
- Ensure compliance with the laws, statutes and regulations;
- Propose the initiatives deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the institution;
- Report to the supervising Minister all necessary data, namely plans and budgets and activity reports and accounts;
- Take the necessary measures to ensure the quality of teaching and research in the institution and in its schools and research units;
- Perform other duties as are conferred on it by law or under these statutes.
The Student Ombudsman is an independent body, whose legal basis is the Legal Regime of Higher Education Institutions. Its mission is to promote and defend the interests of IPCA students.
The Student Ombudsman’s scope of action includes all bodies, services and members of the academic community, as Schools or the Social Services. It is also independent from all these bodies. The Student Ombudsman is ruled by principles of neutrality and confidentiality.
The Student Ombudsman assesses complaints or reports made by the students against acts or omissions of the bodies and services of the institution. It acts as a mediator, making suggestions for solutions. The Student Ombudsman writes reports to prevent or repair unfair or irregular situations.