The U-Map Portuguese Seminar

10 October, Aveiro (Portugal)

The U-Map Portuguese dissemination Seminar will be organized on Monday 10 October 2011 in Aveiro. At this seminar the outcomes of the U-Map project for Portugal will be presented and discussed.

The mapping of higher education institutions in Portugal according to the U-Map model is well underway. We envisage that by the end of September the U-Map activity profiles created for almost all participating Portuguese institutions will be available. In line with the protocol, the institutions then will need to approve these. In the seminar on 10 October the U-Map team will present the results of the U-Map project in your country and discuss the institutional U-Map profiles within the Portuguese higher education policy context. Next to the higher education institutions’ representatives the seminar may be of interest to various other stakeholders, such as policy-makers, students, higher education researchers, and representatives of various intermediary bodies dealing with higher education. The aim for the seminar is to actively involve all the U-Map participants and the various stakeholders by presenting different user-perspectives on U-Map as a university profiling tool.


10:30 Registration

11:00 Welcome

11:15 Presentation of the results of the U-Map project in Portugal

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Workshop: classifying Portuguese higher education institutions

15:00 Break

15:30 Panel discussion: different user-perspectives on U-Map as a university profiling tool

16:30 U-Multirank: the outcomes of the feasibility study

17:00 Closing of the seminar

The seminar will be presented by the following members of the U-Map team: Jon File, Ben Jongbloed and Marike Faber; all three are researchers at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands.

This seminar is organised by the Portuguese Rectors Conference (CRUP), the Council of Polytechnics (CCISP), Portuguese Association of Private Higher Education (APESP) and the University of Aveiro, together with the U-Map team.

An informative and interactive day for you

We will start the day by presenting the results of the U-Map project in Portugal. The process of the mapping the Portuguese higher education institutions will be addressed briefly. The main focus of the morning session is on the institutional activity profiles and the functioning of U-Map as an instrument.

After lunch, we will continue the program with a workshop. In this workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to cluster the activity profiles according to their own insight. The U-Map team will provide instructions as well as some guiding directions. In smaller groups, the participants can get their hands (and minds) working on how U-Map can be used as a tool to compare and group the different (for this activity anonymized) institutions. At the end of the workshop, the U-Map team will present the main outcomes of this clustering.

In the second part of the afternoon session, a panel discussion on the usefulness of the U-Map instrument is planned. The panel consists of several stakeholders, each presenting a different perspective. The U-Map team also presents an outlook on U-Map as envisioned by us, and will also moderate the discussion. All the participants are welcomed to take part in the discussion. The names of the panelists will be provided to you once available via email and this website.

In the last part of the program, we will also say some words on the results of the feasibility study on a new, multi-dimensional global ranking in higher education. U-Multirank is a new international transparency tool which is multi-dimensional, multi-level and user-driven. Because of these characteristics it differs substantially from all existing higher education rankings and addresses the needs of various stakeholders in higher education. The U-Multirank project has links to U-Map and may be of interest to the different participants attending the seminar. The U-Multirank project was initiated and funded by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture) and has been carried out by a consortium of research organisations under the name CHERPA Network (consortium for higher education and research performance assessment).

Time and Location

The seminar will take place on Monday 10 October. The location of the seminar is: the University of Aveiro. The address of the venue is Universidade de Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro in Portugal. The seminar will take place at the rectory building. Please see here for the map of the campus; the building is number 25.


If you would like to participate in this seminar, please complete the online application form before Monday 3 October. We suggest that each higher education institution is represented by up to two participants.

More information

This U-Map Lifelong learning project is commissioned by the Directorate-General Education and Culture of the European Commission and undertaken by CHEPS.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

For more information you can contact the CHEPS U-Map team in the Netherlands by email: info at

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