Law and PhD Student in Public Policies
Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon
Manuel Carmelo Rosa has been Director in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 1995 till 2019 (prior he has been external consultant of this Foundation – 1983-1990 and worked in the Foundation has education expert – 1990-1993 – and has deputy director of International Cooperation and Development Department – 1993-1995). He led the Foundation’s Departments of International Cooperation and Development (1995-1999), Education and Scholarships (1999-2013), and a new program on Qualification of Young Generations (2013-2019).
Manuel is a lawyer by training, a degree he obtained in the Faculty of Law at the University of Lisbon (1975). As a post-graduate, he continued to further his expertise in the fields of law, public management and administration, as well as education, a passion that has accompanied him until today. He lectured on such subjects at the post-graduate level in several institutions – in Portugal and abroad – including the Portuguese Open University where he taught courses on Education and Development in the first Masters Degree on Intercultural Relations in Portugal (1996-2004). Manuel has also co-authored two books on higher education, is author of several articles on education and development matters published in Portugal and abroad and has been an invited speaker in many national and international seminars and conferences.
Prior to joining Gulbenkian Foundation, Manuel Carmelo Rosa also worked in public service in the Portuguese Ministry of Education as Deputy Director-General for Higher Education (1986-1990), as Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for Higher Education (5th Constitutional Government, 1979-1980), and as Coordinator for the design and implementation of World Bank Education Projects in Portugal (1985-1989).
In the period of 1995-1997 he chaired the Negotiation Commission of Higher Education (Higher Education Trade Unions and Government of Portugal). As a consultant for the European Commission, Manuel was directly involved in the design of the Latin American mobility program ALFA, where he used his knowledge and experience as a permanent member of the Consultation Committee of the European ERASMUS program (1987-1995) and as coordinator of the activities related with the academic recognition of higher education diplomas and of the Portuguese NARIC (1986-1990). During this period he chaired a Portuguese delegation, on behalf of the Minister of Finance, that negotiated with the World Bank a Project on Technological Education and Science (1989), that has been implemented.
He was also a member of the Portuguese National Council of Education (1995-2001) and of the Council’s Coordination Committee (1999-2001), and a member of the Portuguese Commission responsible for quality assurance in higher education of doctor degrees carried out by Portuguese abroad (1998-2002). This Commission had the mandate of approving the validity in Portugal of doctorates carried out in foreign universities.
He participated in several projects on education matters for institutions like Council of Europe, European Commission, UNESCO, Macau’s Government, Madeira’s Regional Government and the Portuguese Ministry of Education and he has been member of several working groups on education, cooperation for development and scientific matters.
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