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CeiEF - Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT)

Universidade Lusófona supports research on all areas which are being developed in the University, and at the same time draws attention to and stimulates new areas for research that offer great potential. The University constantly seeks to reinforce research in all areas, but in particular in those which are considered more crucial to its project, namely the areas of education and training; health; communication; information technologies; engineering; biology and biotechnology; arts; sports. Resources for research are distributed in ways that promote creative and a strong scientific environment within different academic units, though autonomy is given to each of those units to implement clear action plans based on priorities that reinforce our scientific competitiveness at a national and international level. For this to be possible, an internal system of incentives to research has been created in 2007, based on international standards and the definition of clear procedures for the measurement of activity results. This system (named ‘Researcher Statute’) allows the University to support the activities of all its researchers and nourish their work.

From an institutional point of view our goal is to have of at least one R&D unit per academic department, with a clear goal that at least a significant part of those are then integrated into larger national scale laboratories with international competitive capacity.   Currently we have seven units:

  • SITI - Informatics Systems and Technologies Research Unit 
  • CICANT – Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies Research Centre
  • CEPCA –Cognitive Psychology and Learning Study Centre
  • TERCUD - Applied Social Sciences Research Unit
  • CeiEF - Centre for Studies and Intervention in Education and Training
  • UEICTS – Science, Technology and Society Research Unit
  • UIE – Economics Research Unit

Our research is closely linked with the doctoral programs that exist in the University. Doctoral programs represent a unique opportunity for our staff training. A clear institutional orientation must be produced inviting all teachers to invest in their careers and progress in their training. All academic units should regard doctoral programs as the main basis for future teachers and research assistants’ recruitment. These career paths must provide promising researchers with recently defended theses with the opportunities to establish their own research and groups of researchers.

The establishment of informal and formal networks with other Universities, companies and organizations all over the world, but particularly in Europe, is an essential part of our scientific policy, as can be seen within the research projects identified in this application.

Such a network is not only essential to allow for students and teachers exchange programs, but also to support international applications for funding, and to attract to Universidade Lusófona guest researchers and doctoral students coming from other countries.

Financial and administrative management of research and post-graduation is centred in one structure – the association for the promotion of research at the University. Research is a central vector of the University strategic development and shall continue to be ever more so in the future.