The University of Évora (Universidade de Évora) is the second oldest university in Portugal. Established in 1559, it was founded by the Archbishop of Évora Cardinal Infante Dom Henrique, future king of Portugal, and the Pope Paul IV. This institution’s History is highly related with Jesus History of the Society, which is the reason behind its closing in 1759 following the persecution and expulsion of this religious group in Portugal. During these 200 years several important names of Portugal and Spain culture were connected to this institution, such as Luís de Molina, Francisco Suárez and Pedro da Fonseca. In 1973 the University was reopened. Nowadays the University of Évora has a strong tradition in academic training, human development and involvement in society, and its moto is “Honest study mixed with long experience”. This institution, recognized internationally, holds over 8 000 students and offers a diverse range of education courses, in various fields of knowledge. The University of Évora offers forty-three 1st cycle degrees, eighty-five 2nd cycle master's courses, three of which Erasmus Mundus, and thirty-four doctoral programs. The University is recognized internationally, being regularly evaluated by the European University Association (EUA) and it has also been accepted as a member of the Magna Charta Universitatum.
Secil is a business Group which activity is based on the production and distribution of cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates, mortars, prefabricated concrete structures and hydraulic lime. It also includes other companies operating in complementary areas such as the development of solutions in the field of environmental protection and the use of waste as an energy source. Secil group is consolidated in Portugal, where it originated, and has expanded over the past two decades to other markets. It currently operates three cement plants in Portugal (Outão, Maceira and Cibra) and is present abroad in Angola, Tunisia, Lebanon, Cape Verde, the Netherlands and Brazil. Through its eight cement plants and its presence in seven countries on four continents, Secil Group guarantees an annual capacity of cement production of over nine million tonnes and currently employs 2725 people in all areas of its activity, 963 of which in Portugal. Secil patently works with sustainable processes, undertaking a commitment to the highest standards of demand in matters of Sustainability and Responsibility. Aware that its growth is directly related to the sustainability of its operations, Secil has made a major investment in innovating its production processes and products, in the excellence of the training of its human capital and in the relationship with its neighbouring communities.