The education sector in Portugal has grown as a result of the diversification and number of available courses, lifelong training, e-learning and b-learning platforms. MOOCs, Portugal’s ability to attract international students, as well as the presence in Portugal of international and foreign educational institutions.

All educational institutions – whether public (constituted as foundations or not) or private not-for-profit, religious or not, or incorporated as companies – are subject to a high number of sector-specific regulations in addition to the applicable legal regulations depending on what type of institution it is. Licensing, quality standards, national and international accreditation and evaluation, and contracts of association are essential for participants in this market. In addition to the above, matters related to the creation of these institutions, as well as financing, urban planning, public tenders, labour, social security, tax, management and administration, safety, intellectual property and defence need to be considered. Research and development units at such education institutions are also subject to complex regulation, often with repercussions that limit the academic courses an educational institution is permitted to offer.

Internationalisation, multidisciplinarity and technological innovation, which are gradually influencing the educational subjects and their methods, are among the most recent challenges being faced by educational institutions.

The experienced team focusing on education at Abreu Advogados provides expert advice to all those involved in education, including regulatory and supervisory and evaluation bodies, and educational institution associations, and represents them in administrative, tax, civil and criminal litigation as well as legal proceedings involving administrative disputes.

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