Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA) was created 43 years ago, shortly before the Carnation Revolution. However, NOVA only began its development after that event due to the fact that many Portuguese professors - who already developed intensive academic activities in other countries such as, England, France, the United States, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and many others - returned to Portugal. Together, these professors covered all of the scientific areas that are still today NOVA's areas of expertise (from Medicine to Economics, Engineering to Social Sciences and Humanities) and, in some cases, attracted foreign colleagues with whom they had previously developed profissional relationships before returning to Portugal. Therefore, it can be said that the adoption of a very strong international profile is part of NOVA's DNA.
NOVA’s international profile has developed naturally over the years and, more rapidly, in the last 12 years, with the emergence of several international mobility programs, to which NOVA has been successfully applying by itself or through partnerships with Portuguese or foreign Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
Similarly, the extraordinary increase of scientific research at NOVA and the fact that much of this research is being conducted in an international collaborative framework (e.g: under the European Framework Programs, Horizon 2020, and others) contributes to a sustained international profile of NOVA in terms of research.
Summarizing, NOVA has 111 teachers and foreign researchers from 28 different nationalities, 2119 foreign students enrolled in study programs in order to obtain a degree from NOVA, and 903 foreign students enrolled in mobility programs, who will be with us for one or more semesters, and 11 non-teaching foreign staff members.
Many study programs offered by the University are characterized by an international component that allows those who attend them to experience the culture, to know the level of development and to learn the best practices of other regions and countries.
In the years to come, NOVA will continue to develop this international profile, in all its aspects, which is an integral part of its mission and commitment to excellence in teaching and research.