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Competition Challenges in the New Digital Economy

Curso | Desafios da Concorrência na Nova Economia Digital
The digital revolution has been transforming our daily lives in particular, as well as the economy in general. This revolution has been led by new market players, the so-called digital platforms (such as, for example, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber or Spotify), with innovative, disruptive and flexible business models, which not only they have created new markets and solutions, as well as challenging and transforming competition in existing markets and in which more traditional business models prevailed.
It turns out, however, that, despite the fact that there are several benefits arising from the emergence of new products and services provided by these new digital platforms, there are also new challenges and concerns that both competition authorities and economic regulators and policy makers have been facing due to the way in which this ongoing technological revolution has impacted the competitive dynamics in several relevant markets.

Target group

- Bachelor students in the advanced stages of their study programmes and Master's students;
- Professionals (with at least a bachelor's degree) interested in how competition policy works in the context of the new digital economy.

Specific admission conditions:

i) Bachelor or Master U. Porto student;


ii) Hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Ranking Criteria:

1. Priority* for people over 23 years old;

2.1. Curriculum Vitae and academic background (40%);

2.2. Motivation for attending the training (Motivation Letter) (40%);

2.3. Proficiency in the English (to be demonstrated in the writing of the motivation letter) (20%).

*The present training prioritizes the admission of over 23-years-old candidates (age at the beginning of the training), so under-age candidates can be admitted, however, they will only be graded after the admission of all eventual over 23-years-old candidates.

Higher age.

Places: 20
(N. min. of students - 10)


  1. Learning Objectives: provide specialized knowledge on the challenges that the digital economy poses to the theory and practice of competition policy.
  2. Skills to acquire: (i) analytical skills (understand the functioning of digital markets, develop a solid economic approach to studying antitrust cases in the digital sector; identify situations of failure of competition in digital markets); (ii) planning skills (anticipating, based on analytical tools, the likely effects of practices adopted by digital platforms).

Teaching mode:



Submit application


Training period:
Originally scheduled for February 5-16, 2024, but postponed to March 18-26, 2024.

Schedule: after work (start at 18h30)

3rd call of applications: from 07 to 15.02.2024


General public*: 250¤
UPorto alumni and staff*: 200¤
UPorto students*: 150¤
*Fee is increased by 2¤ Student Insurance


Regulation for the Attribution of Incentive Scholarships for the (Re)qualification and Updating of Skills in the Scope of Non-Degree-Granting Training at the University of Porto, under the «Impulso Adultos» Program of the PRR: see Regulation no. 634/2022, published in Diário da República on 13th July.

- Number (maximum) of scholarships | 10 individual scholarships for students enrolled in the programme.
- Pecuniary value of the individual scholarships | ¤120 for each scholarship.

Edital de Abertura do Concurso de Atribuição de Bolsas - 1.ª e 2.ª fase (encerrado)
Edital de Abertura do concurso de Atribuição de Bolsas - 3.ª fase
Formulário de Candidatura a Bolsa.

Data Protection

In addition to the regular purposes of using your data by the U.Porto, related to the selection and ranking of applications and, later, with the academic management of the selected candidates, we inform you that, given the framework of this training within the scope of the «Program U.Porto Multidisciplinary Training – Impulso Jovens STEAM & Impulso Adultos» (PRR), the identification of all participants (name, NIF and contact details) must be communicated to Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior for the purpose of monitoring the execution of the project . Any questions about the processing of your data can be addressed to the Data Protection Officer of the U.Porto, to dpo@reit.up.pt.»

This edition of the course "Competition Challenges in the New Digital Economy" is financed by funds from the «Next Generation EU» programme of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), through the «Programa de Formação Multidisciplinar da U.Porto – Impulso Jovens STEAM & Impulso Adultos».


Academic Services

General information

Teacher Responsible: Helder Vasconcelos
Acronym: UFC-DCNE
Type of course/cycle of study: Continuing Training Unit
Start: 2022/2023
Duration: 21 Hour

Study Plan


  • Competition Challenges in the New Digital Economy (3 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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