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Universidade Nova de Lisboa


NOVA University Lisbon (NOVA) is a public higher education institution with a mission to serve society through knowledge and education on a local, regional and global level, by developing teaching and research of excellence that create significant social and economic value.

The fulfilment of its triple mission (Teaching, Research and Value Creation) requires:

  • an academic environment that embraces equality, inclusion and free thinking to attract the best students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and into the most diverse fields of knowledge, enabling them to discover their potential and develop their individual talent, with a strong sense of active citizenship, democracy and justice;

  • high-quality teaching with a strong international setting in all cycles of studies, student centered and delivered by leading academics who are able to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully develop a career anywhere in the world;

  • a collaborative research within the University and with highly specialized and interdisciplinary strategic partner institutions of international relevance, aimed at creating innovative results with recognized academic impact and value potential;

  • and a knowledge-based and high-impact value creation activity, developed in collaboration with society and the economy, which promotes sustainable development at the economic, technological, cultural, social and health levels, not only across the nation, but also globally, with particular attention to the European and Portuguese speaking regions.

NOVA is committed to the development of the European HE and its courses are organised under the principles of the Bologna Agreement. NOVA offers several degrees (BSc, MSc, PhD level) and postgraduate courses, covering various fields of knowledge. NOVA is the Portuguese university with the best performance in the Horizon 2020 (in terms of Full-Time Equivalent) and 88% of its 39 R&D Units have been rated Excellent or Very Good in recent evaluations. NOVA’s governance system allows the Rector (and the Vice-Rectors) to meet directly with the Deans of the Schools prior to the important strategic decisions, which is something unique in Portugal.

NOVA is in 8th place among young European universities, founded less than 50 years ago, according to QS rankings. NOVA is also the Portuguese Institution with the highest impact worldwide in terms of publications, according to Leiden Ranking, and is fully committed with the Sustainable Development Goals: according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021. NOVA is an active member of several university networks: UNICA, YERUN, EUA, TORDESILHAS, CASE and CESAER.

NOVA has consolidated experience within European programs: Tempus, Erasmus+, ERC Grants, H2020. It is also actively involved in cooperation with American, African and Asian universities.