2015 EFMD Conference on Master Programmes

Hosted by: Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics

The event will start on: 09 Dec 15 20:00
And will end on: 11 Dec 15 18:00

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Master Programmes: Bridging New Markets

Target Group
Directors of MSc and MA Programmes in management and related areas such as finance, marketing etc. as well as programme administrators and staff from EFMD member and non-member schools concerned with master programmes.

This event is chaired by Ricardo Reis, Associate Dean for International Affairs, Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, PT

EFMD thanks GMAC for their kind sponsorship of this event!


More Information


Wednesday, 9 December 2015
15:00 – 16:00 Registrations & Welcome Coffee
16:00 – 16:30 Welcome & Introduction & EFMD Update
  • Francisco Veloso, Dean, Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, PT
  • Nadine Burquel, Director, Business School Services, EFMD , BE
  • Ricardo Reis, Associate Dean for International Relations, Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, PT; and Conference Chair
16:30 – 18:00 Global Trends In Master Programmes: a general overview
  • Deborah Somers, Director of Market Development, EME, GMAC, UK
  • Javier Yañez Arenas, former Dean, Universidad de los Andes, CO
  • Flavio Vasconcelos, Dean, Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration FGV EBAPE, BZ
  • Nigel Hayes, Director of the Master in International Management and of the Master in Finance, EADA, SP
18:15 – 18:45 Ice Breaking – Cocktail of Culture
19:30 Bus transfer to the Pateo Alfacinha restaurant
20:00 Dinner
22:30 Bus transfer to the Marriott Lisbon Hotel


Thursday, 10 December 2015
08:30 Registrations
09:00 – 10:30 Presentation of Survey on Programme Sustainability
  • Andrew Crisp, Director, Carrington Crisp, UK
Two Business Schools commenting the survey:
  • Mariëlle Heijltjes, Associate Dean & Director Postgraduate Education, Maastricht School of Business and Economics, NL
  • Susan Hart, Dean, Strathclyde Business School, UK
10:30– 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Sessions – Steering Committee Members moderating thematic sessions
  • Ana Portocarrero
  • Deborah Somers
  • Ricardo Reis
  • Roland Siegers
  • Pascal Krupka
  • Markus Rudolf
  • Nigel Hayes
12:15 – 13:45 Lunch
14:00 – 14:15 Feedback from Breakout Sessions
14:15 – 15:45 The Complexity of Masters Programme Management
Three Business Schools sharing their experiences
  • Roland Siegers, Executive Director CEMS, FR - European example
  • B. S. Sahay, Dean, Indian Institute of Management, Raipur, IN - Indian example 
  • Alberto Zapater, ESAN Business School, Lima, PE - Latin America example
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:30 Corporates - Sharing with corporates on their views & experiences with master programmes
19:30 Bus transfer to the Palácio Cruz Vermelha restaurant
20:00 Dinner
22:30 Bus transfer to the Marriott Lisbon Hotel


Friday, 11 December 2015
09:00 – 10:45 Recruitment models
  • A general overview
  • Using recruitment agencies
  • Setting up offices in different parts of the world
  • National strategies and approaches
10:45 – 11:00 Summary
11 :00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Conversation between José Manuel Barroso, Former President of the European Commission and the audience
12:30 – 13:00 Wrap up by the chair & welcome to the 2016 Conference
13:00 Lunch

Practical Information

  1. Venue
  2. How to reach Lisbon
  3. Fees and Payment
  4. Registration
  5. Accommodation
  6. Social Programme
  7. Links
1. Venue

Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisbon-Portugal

2. How to reach LisbonTop

Lisbon airport is 15 minutes drive from Católica-Lisbon and from the Marriott Lisbon Hotel. Approximatively 6,5 km for Católica Lisbon – Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Portela Airport – LIS
Airport Phone: +351 21 841 3500


Estimated fare (regular traffic) = Aeroport/Católica Lisbon: 10 €
Estimated fare (regular traffic) = Aeroport/Lisbon Center: 12 €
Estimated fare (regular traffic) = Católica Lisbon/Lisbon Center: 10 €
Night rate (+20%) applies from 9:00PM to 6:00AM
Expect a € 1.60 charge for each piece of luggage
Some people add 10% of the fare as the tip.


Online tickets, 24h pass: 3.50 €
Online tickets, 2x24h Pass: 5.50 €

To reach Católica Lisbon by Aerobus: (see map)
Line 2, Financial Center
Exit at Sete Rios (exit near the city zoo – Jardim Zoológico)
At Sete Rios, take BUS 755 or 768
Exit at Universidade Católica - Catholic University (about 8 minutes)

Subway Station / Underground

From airport: red line – Aeroporto station. Change line in Saldanha station.
At Saldanha: yellow line, direction Odivelas. Exit at Cidade Universitária station.
Católica-Lisbon is about 10 minutes walk, or take BUS 764, 755 or 768.
Exit at Universidade Católica - Catholic University

Network diagram
Viva viagem card 0,50€
CARRIS/METRO single ticket: 1,40€
1 day ticket Carris/Metro (valid for 24 hours, after validation, in the Metro and Carris whole networks): 6€

The Marriott Lisbon Hotel is walking distance from the School. (see image)

3. Fees and paymentTop
  • EARLY BIRD until 15 October 2015
    • 685€ (+20% VAT) FULL members of EFMD
    • 835€ (+20% VAT) AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 985€ (+20% VAT) non members of EFMD
  • NORMAL FEE until 15 November 2015
    • 885€ (+20% VAT) FULL members of EFMD
    • 1.050€ (+20% VAT) AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 1.235€ (+20% VAT) non members of EFMD
  • LATE FEE AFTER 15 November 2015
    • 985€ (+20% VAT) FULL members of EFMD
    • 1.150€ (+20% VAT) AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 1.385€ (+20% VAT) non members of EFMD

Fees cover attendance at the meeting, documentation, meals and refreshments, but do NOT include hotel accommodation. Hotel fees are to be paid directly to the hotel.

Cancellation Policy for fees

Cancellation policy date: 31 October 2014
Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If MCI EFMD Conference Secretariat receives notice of your withdrawal before 31 October 2014, a cancellation administrative fee of 75€ (+VAT) will be charged. Thereafter, we regret that we are unable to refund any fees. However, in such cases substitutes are welcome at no extra cost as long as EFMD receives notification of the name, title and address of the substitute.

4. RegistrationTop

This is the link for the registrations

5. AccommodationTop

Marriott Lisbon Hotel
Avenida dos Combatentes,
1600-042 Lisbon,
phone number :+351 21 723 5400

6. Social Programme Top

Friday 11 December 2015

14.30 Departure from the University
15:00 Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Tour (Monastery of Jerónimos)
16.15 Tasting at Pasteis de Belém
16.30 Torre de Belém Tour (Tower of Belém)
17.30 Return to the University, passing by Praça do Comércio and Baixa (Downtown)
18.15 Arrival at University
18.30 Farewell Cocktail at Católica-Lisbon

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7. LinksTop

coming soon


Please notice: this conference will not deal with MBA programmes as EFMD organizes a yearly event dedicated exclusively to MBA programmes.