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AESE Business School

AESE Business School

AESE Business School


AESE Business School

Founded in 1980, AESE was the first School of Business and Management in Portugal. We have been dedicated to the training and improvement of business leaders, with a Humanistic perspective of Mankind and Society, for over four decades.

The transformative impact on our Alumni, spread across 5 continents, makes AESE a unique business school: a school for Leaders who want to reach higher learning, leaving their mark and transforming the world.

The recognition our school enjoys within the business world is the result of the four essential principles that guide all of AESE’s activities:

> A culture of Higher Learning, involving the Alumni community, participants, teachers, employees, companies, schools and institutions the School is in constant contact with;

> Solid knowledge that is deeply rooted in business reality, along with a Management and Leadership perspective that is laced with a critical, rigorous and holistic approach to the current issues and challenges in business and society;

> A far-reaching presence in the world, enhanced by the diversity of the School’s community, the rich content of its activities and a close proximity to international institutions such as the IESE Business School;

> Strong, ethical and humanistic values, coupled with a persistent effort to practice and share them.

AESE Business School - Empowering Leaders

Some of the executive programs the school has to offer


Being a leader today requires the permanent pursuit of excellence on your road to personal as well as professional fulfilment. It takes the highest degree of professionalism, focus and self- -motivation. And it takes true generosity to dedicate it all to the service of others, whether it’s your teams, your company or institution, your society or the world. If you are a demanding non-conformist who believes in bettering yourself to make sure you will have a real, wider and lasting impact, then you are an AESE Executive MBA candidate.


Offers a platform for debate of ideas and values, in a high-level professional environment, with the rigour of the AESE faculty, an ideal opportunity to update and benefit from the knowledge of the methods, analytical instruments and conceptual models of business leadership, from the perspective of Senior Management. Includes a week working at IESE.

Length: 20 weeks, Lisbon - Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings
Intended for Entrepreneurs and Leaders with a minimum of 10 years of experience in Senior Management positions.


The key elements of the Business Management Programme are the development of each participant’s management ability into an overall business vision, the perfecting of leadership skills and the alignment of these skills to the company’s wider objectives and policies. Includes a week working at IESE.

Length: 24 weeks - Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings in Porto; Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in Lisbon. Identical programme content in both cities
Intended for Managers seeking an overall business vision, with more than five years of experience in personnel management.


The key elements of this program four young executives are the development of a greater degree of self-knowledge, greater strategic understanding of business and the market, and improvement of personal capacities.

Length: 22 weeks - Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings in Porto; Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings in Lisbon. Identical programme content in both cities
The program was conceived for candidates with over five years of dynamic professional experience, with a great capacity for work and ambition to rise to new responsibilities. These will be people who manage teams or projects in large corporations, functional specialists capable of looking forward with perspective and the will to proceed to managing positions in medium-sized or large companies. Those who are already managers of small companies, entrepreneurs who started their own business, directors or shop managers.


By expanding knowledge of the various aspects of the Hospital Institution, from a perspective of optimisation and rationalisation of resources, the Health Sector Senior Management Programme enhances the ability to organise, motivate and manage personnel. Includes a week working at the Clínica Universidade de Navarra.

Length: 12 weeks - Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings in Lisbon; Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings in Porto
Intended for Hospital Managers in the public, private and social sectors; members of the Board of Directors; Directors of Services; Heads of Service or equivalent; doctors who carry out technical functions and have assumed management roles.


Social institutions each have their own very specific mission, a fact that was the driving force behind the creation of a management programme adapted to this reality, in terms of both the themes covered and the study materials employed.

The third sector, responsible for 4% of Portugal’s GDP and involving 25% of the citizens of Europe, depends in many cases on the coordination of goodwill. For identical positions, wages in the social sector are much lower than in the public or private sectors. GOS – Management of Social Organizations, is the result of a partnership that AESE and ENTRAJUDA established in order to provide management training to the leaders of social institutions. Participants see the GOS as an opportunity to reflect upon the efficient use of the scarce resources that institutions have at their disposal, to develop a strategy more tailored to their objectives and to motivate the personnel of the institution. GOS, a Further Education Programme designed for Leaders of Social Economy Institutions (Social Solidarity Institutions, NGOs, Charities and other non-profit organisations), was created to assist with the management and optimisation of these scarce resources.

Length: 10 weeks, in Lisbon, Monday afternoons.

Program Admission Requirements

Demonstrate your commitment and readiness to succeed in business school by taking the GMAT exam – the most widely used exam for admissions that measures your critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Download the GMAT mini quiz to get a flavour of the questions you’ll find in the exam.


  • Lisbon

    AESE Escola de Direccao e Negocios Calçada Palma de Baixo, 12, 1600-177 , Lisbon