Official Title: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: School of Education


Short Bio

Carlos Vasconcelos Lopes is currently a Senior Lecturer of Education at the University of Saint Joseph, Macao, China, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

He was born in Southeast Africa, in colonial Mozambique, where he lived the first 15 years of his life, before going to live in Europe and more recently had moved to China. Carlos Vasconcelos Lopes graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business at the Portuguese Catholic University, in Lisbon. He has also a Master and a Doctorate degree in Education by, respectively, the Portuguese Catholic University and the University of Saint Joseph.

Carlos Vasconcelos Lopes is a latecomer to the academy. He has spent the most part of is professional career working as a schoolteacher for the Portuguese Ministry of Education. What in essence brought him to Macau, in 2009, besides his academic achievements, was his active learning and project-based pedagogy expertise. For almost 10 years he served the European Commission participating and coordinating educational projects targeting the development of front-line and sustainable approaches to teaching and learning in European schools. These projects tended to involve teachers and leaders from schools of the center and North of Europe of all levels of education. Carlos Vasconcelos Lopes does not hide his fascination for Finnish education. His educational philosophy to some extent reflects the Nordic pedagogic rational. This is due, most probably, to the many times he travelled to Finland, in order to participate in projects, observe classes and discuss educational matters with local teachers and school leaders.

Carlos Vasconcelos Lopes' research curiosity has always been centerd on the effectiveness of teaching practices. It nevertheless evolved, from an early focus on school management, pedagogy and teacher education to the actual emphasis on Macau education issues.

Carlos Vasconcelos Lopes particularly enjoys China, family life, reading and writing.



Vasconcelos-Lopes, Carlos (2016). Meaningful Education: Becoming Radically Self-Assured. Paper presented at the conference Contemporary Perspectives on Critical & Systems Theory, 16-17 September, Macau. Macau, China: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme, University of Macau. 

Vasconcelos-Lopes, Carlos (2016). Educational Borderlands: Between Meaning and Power. Paper presented at The International Conference on Digital Arts, Media and Technology: Digital Economy for Sustainable Growth (pp. 325-330). Chiang Ray, Thailand: ICDAMT Conference Proceedings. 

Vasconcelos-Lopes, Carlos (2015). Redefining Educational Boundaries with Technology: the Systemic Perspective. Paper presented at The Asian Conference on Education: Education, Power and Empowerment: Transcending Boundaries (pp. 563-574). Kobe, Japan: ACE Official Conference Proceedings. ISSN: 2186-5692.

Vasconcelos-Lopes, Carlos (2014). Enquiry into a Self-regulated Teaching Assistant Development Program in China: The Yin and Yang of Success. In G. Chen et al. (Eds.), Emerging Issues in Smart Learning, Lecture Notes in Educational Technology (pp. 167-174). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-44188-6_24

Vasconcelos-Lopes, Carlos (2013, May). Keeping Meaning Alive: The Role of a New Integrative Medium. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) Conference. Helsinki, Finland: Faculty of Education, University of Helsinki.




Year 1 Master
3.00 credits
Year 1 PGDE
Year 1 Bachelor
1.50 credits
2.00 credits
Year 2 Bachelor
2.00 credits
3.00 credits
Year 3 Bachelor
2.00 credits
2.00 credits
Year 4 Bachelor
4.00 credits
2.00 credits
2.00 credits