Individual Government Bodies

High Chancellor

The High Chancellor is, by definition, the Patriarch of Lisbon. His aim is to: promote scientific activity; promote the progress of knowledge of faith and the evangelical deepening of Christian life within UCP; present the President for appointment to the Congregation of Catholic Education; preside over the Board of Governors; appoint Vice-Rectors, Pro-Rectors, Directors of basic units; approve the remaining appointments to executive positions; confer mandate or nihil obstat to professors and other instructors; and to authorize contracts with the teaching and research staff as well as their dismissal. Lastly, the High Chancellor also aims to sanction the deliberations on staff, remuneration tables and budgets and homologate the approval of management accounts.


The President

The President is responsible for the academic and administrative running of the university. They are appointed by the Congregation for Catholic Education, following a proposal from the High Chancellor and with the approval of the Board of Trustees and the Portuguese Bishops’ Conference. They shall represent the university in all official situations, including in court. They have a four-year renewable mandate. During the performance of their duties, the President is assisted by one or more Vice-Rectors, Pro-Rectors, the Rectors Council and the Financial Management Council.