Maria João Pires da Rosa holds a degree in Chemical Engineering (1996), by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, and a PhD on Industrial Engineering (2003), by the University of Aveiro. She is as an Assistant Professor at the Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism Department of the University of Aveiro, where has been teaching different curricular units, such as Quality Management, Advanced Techniques of Quality Management, Statistical Techniques and Operations Management.
She is a member of the executive committee of the University of Aveiro Doctoral School. Ms Pires da Rosa is also a senior researcher at CIPES (Centre for research in Higher Education Policies) and a researcher at GOVCOPP (Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies). Her main research topics lie in the area of quality management, with a special focus on the education sector. She has been involved in different research projects, namely: GLONATINS – Global Challenges, National Initiatives, and Institutional Responses – Mapping the Transformation of Portuguese Higher education Institutions at the dawn of the twentieth-first century (EXCL/IVC-PEC/0789/2012) and The Polytechnic Higher Education Institutions (PHEI) in the national scientific and technological system: effectiveness and territorialisation of their mission. Design of a set of performance indicators for the PHEI activities of applied research and cultural creation and for their impact in the regions they are located.
Her publications include papers in different journals, as well as book chapters. She is also co-editor of some international and national books in the area of Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
She is a member of EAIR – The European Higher Education Society; a member of CHER – Consortium for Higher Education Researchers ; and an associate member of the APQ (The Portuguese Association for Quality).