Universidade Nova de Lisboa

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Template:Refimprove Template:Infobox University The Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Template:IPA-pt) or NOVA is a Portuguese public university established in 1973, in Lisbon. In Portuguese, the name of the University means "New University of Lisbon" and it reflects the fact of being the youngest of the three public universities of Lisbon. The University is commonly referred to, and is now officially branded, as NOVA (Portuguese for "new").

Since 2006, the THE-QS World University Rankings has ranked NOVA as one of the world's 500 best universities. The university is especially strong in the fields of business, economics and law, being ranked number 245 in the world in 2008, as well as in the arts and humanities fields. The faculty of science and technology (FCT) of Nova is are increasingly being recognized for their research and achievements.Template:Says who?


The Universidade Nova de Lisboa was created in 1973 as part of a program of expansion and diversification in higher education in Portugal and was a response to ever an increasing demand for higher education in the city and surrounding areas of Lisbon.

During its first years, the University offered mainly graduate and specialist programs. Since the end of 1977, when the first regular programs started, the NOVA has been expanding steadily.


NOVA, as well as its units, enjoys scientific, academic and administrative autonomy and, as a state institution, is mainly funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Education.

In 2005, the University had about 14,000 students, including 12,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate; about 57% are women and 4% are foreign students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and 57 graduate programs.

NOVA is not confined to one single campus. Its five faculties and four university institutes are located in various sites in and outside Lisbon. The buildings for the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law, Institute for Statistics and Information Management, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health and the Rectory, are located in several places in the city of Lisbon.

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Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
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Faculty of Economics
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Faculty of Medical Sciences

Whereas, the Faculty of Sciences and Technology is located in a large campus a few kilometers away from Lisbon on the south side of the Tagus river at Monte de Caparica and the Institute for Chemical and Biological Technology is also only a few kilometers away from the capital at Oeiras.

The Welfare Students Services are located near the Rectory and supervise financial aid to the students, four faculty canteens and four university residences.


NOVA schools offering both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes:

Governing Bodies

University Assembly: the University's highest representative body. Elects the Rector and revises the University statutes. There are 218 elected members

Rector: presides over the University and represents it in its external relations. Chairs the representative boards and is assisted by the Vice-Rectors and Pro-Rectors.

Senate: the most important central decision making body in academic self-government. Includes representatives of academic units, of personnel groups and students. There are 50 members.

Administrative Board: decides on administrative and business policy

Advisory council: Rector's consultative body to foster links among university and community.

The Lisbon MBA

The Lisbon MBA is a partnership between Universidade Catolica Portuguesa and NOVA. The partnership includes a Full Time One year MBA, in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management and a Part Time MBA. The two Universities that offer this MBA program hold the triple crown accreditation namely AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

Notable Professors and Students

People who have been awarded a degree by the Nova University of Lisbon or otherwise have attended or lectured in this university, include:

  • António Câmara, professor and entrepreneur.
  • António Chagas Rosa, composer.
  • Armando Vara, minister, politician, and banking executive. (did not graduate)
  • João Macedo, entrepreneur and Visiting Professor of NOVA School of Business and Economics
  • Carmona Rodrigues, professor, engineer, and politician.
  • Eduardo Condorcet, actor, musician, theatre director and film director.
  • Laura Gonçalves, Top 10 Finalist of Miss Universe 2011 Representing Portugal
  • Maria José Caldas, professor and entrepreneur.
  • Miguel Telles Antunes, palaeontologist.
  • Miguel Vale de Almeida, anthropologist, LGBT activist, and professor.
  • João Mário Grilo, film director and professor.
  • José Luís Peixoto, writer.
  • José Rodrigues dos Santos, writer, professor and journalist.
  • Octávio Mateus, paleontologist and biologist.
  • Ricardo Araújo Pereira, comedian, writer and journalist.
  • Ricardo Costa, journalist. (did not graduate)
  • Sunderasan Prabhakar, organic chemistry professor.

See also

  • List of universities in Portugal
  • Higher education in Portugal
  • The Lisbon MBA



External links

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