2 March 2023, Cascais, Portugal - UNITAR and Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) join forces to establish the first International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL) in Cascais, Portugal. The partnership with Nova SBE recognizes its work on applied research and commitment to developing new approaches that will help meet society’s most urgent challenges by providing innovative training and facilitating the exchange of knowledge amongst government officials, the private sector, and civil society.
UNITAR’s network of affiliated “CIFAL” centres is an instrumental platform dedicated to providing training and learning opportunities to a wide range of stakeholders, with special emphasis on local authorities and civil society leaders. Offering cutting-edge learning and training to close to 90,000 beneficiaries per year
CIFAL Cascais will become UNITAR’s 30th Centre dedicated to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through capacity-building activities and knowledge sharing in Portugal. With a focus on the areas of Blue Economy & Water Management, Energy Transition & Climate, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Health, Leadership & Paradoxes and Migrations, the Centre´s presence in Cascais further evidences a strong commitment and collaboration among decision-makers and leaders for development.
The partnership with CIFAL/UNITAR further solidifies Nova SBE's commitment to promoting a better and sustainable future and global citizenship, providing a range of learning opportunities and facilitating knowledge sharing between public servants and leaders to strengthen capacities, improve the decision-making process and encourage sustainable development. - Pedro Oliveira, Nova SBE Dean.
Mr Nikhil Seth, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR, highlights the relevance of the collaborative work between UNITAR and Nova SBE:
The current pressing development issues facing humanity require partnerships with high-quality institutions to develop sustainable solutions. Academic institutions are key partners for UNITAR without whom we cannot achieve Sustainable Development Goals. We are committed to addressing issues pertaining to the environment and water through the work of CIFAL Cascais. We look forward to the partnership.
About Nova SBE
Nova SBE is the most prestigious business school in Portugal and one of the leading business schools in Europe. Prof. Pedro Oliveira (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is the current Dean. Nova SBE has been a member of CEMS since December 2007 and is one of 77 business schools with the Triple Crown attribution worldwide, which implies accreditation by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. It was the first Portuguese business school to acquire international accreditations and world-renowned recognition in higher education. Nova SBE's international vision is also reflected in the adoption of English as the main language of teaching. More than half of the undergraduate courses and all Master's, MBA and PhD programs are taught in English (www.novasbe.unl.pt/en).