Catholic University of PortugalUCP was founded in 1967 and gained official recognition in 1971. It was the first modern Portuguese university not to be founded by the State, but is instead the result of the Concordat between the Portuguese government and the Vatican, which established the university under the tutelage of the Catholic Church.
Over the years, the Portuguese Catholic University has established a leading position both in Portugal and internationally. UCP is a nationwide university located in four regional centres (Braga, Oporto, Beiras and Lisbon), as well as in Macao, where it runs a University Institute.
The university is divided into 18 faculties, and currently offers 45 degree courses and over 40 post-graduate and master's courses. The school consists of approximately 11,300 students and 1,000 lecturers.