The sixth and last training webinar of the INsPIRE project was held on September 30th. The topic of the webinar was University Models. Speakers at the webinar were Professor Margarida Mano, Vice-Rector of Portuguese Catholic University and President of FORGES – Portuguese Language Countries and Regions Higher Education Management Forum and Paulo Resende da Silva, responsible for the working package 2 of the INsPIRE Project, Professor at the University of Évora in Portugal.




The session was introduced by Paulo Resende da Silva from the University of Evora himself, in its role of coordinator of WP2. The webinar was attended by +50 Iraqi colleagues, including Rectors, Vice-Rectors, academic staff members, the project focal points and more. The session was the last tassel of the series of training on governance, and explored the concept of university models.

Universities are facing an increasing pressure to change. To change the way they operate, so to change the governance model, and internal procedures and business (management) process. This change can be distuptive and transformational, or evolutionary and continuity change.


Margarida Mano

The choice of a model is not a magic thing. There are of course models potentiating some kinds of advantages and disadvantage, but the key element is the context, the culture, the international context, the timeline, the legal framework..”

Margarida Mano holds a PhD in management, awarded by the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, and a Master and Bachelor degrees in Economics from the University of Coimbra. She is currently Vice-Rector of the Portuguese Catholic University for quality, innovation and development. She was Minister of Education and Science in the 20th government of the Portuguese Republic in 2015, and a member of the Portuguese Parliament between 2015 and 2019. Previously she was Vice-Rector of the University of Queensborough from 2011 in 2015. And was responsible for strategic planning, financial affairs and social action. Maria man began a career in the banking sector, where she worked from 18 1987 to 1996. She is a researcher at CBRE currently, she is President and Founding member of the FORGES Association for the management of higher education in Portuguese speaking countries and regions.

Paulo Resende da Silva

You can have a very wonderful vision for your university, but when a look inside, and you don’t have the alliance of key groups or key persons, and you don’t have the adequate structure, you are missing something.

Paulo Resende da Silva is Assistant Professor at the University of Évora and research on his PhD and in his Master in Management (University of Évora and University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL)) on the sub topic of University Management. He is local coordinator of some Erasmus+ projects, supervisor of some PhD and Master thesis on the field of Information Management, Information System Management, Knowledge Management, Human Resources Management, Change Management. He is nowadays Head of Management Department and between 2013-2016 Vice-Head of Social Science School and was responsible and work in some workgroup in Universities: The Organisational Model of the University of Évora, Competency Model for University of Évora Staff, and University Regulation for International Students.

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