Luís Miguel Rainho Catela Nunes
A legacy for the future
Founded in 1978, the Faculdade de Economia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa leads Portugal in the teaching and research of Economics and Business Administration disciplines. Conceived with a spirit of innovation, its principles are modeled on those of American universities, where a great many of its professors obtained their doctoral degrees.
Alfredo de Sousa
The prime mover in the creation of the Faculdade de Economia was Professor Alfredo de Sousa, Reitor of UNL in the years following the 1974 "25th of April" revolution. Professor de Sousa presided over the founding of the school, along with several leading Portuguese economists. Included in this group were Professors Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Manuel Pinto Barbosa, José António Girão, and Abel Mateus.
As Director of the Faculdade, Professor Alfredo de Sousa assembled an impressive group of recent PhD graduates from some of the leading international universities. This assemblage created sufficient "critical mass" for instigating novel reforms in the teaching of Economics and Business Management in Portugal. Alfredo de Sousa also provided the impetus for the Masters/Doctoral Program in Economics and the MBA - both, at the time, were vanguard programs in Portugal.
Setting the Course for Portuguese Economy
From the outset, the Faculdade has worked hand-in-hand with the local community. Through its many programs it has trained a multitude of leaders who now hold prominent positions in business and government institutions. The school has also contributed to professional training through its Executive Training Institute - Nova Forum. Nova Forum offers general and specific curricula designed to meet the immediate and imagined future needs of the business community. The Faculdade also provides economic studies and consulting services through its offices of GANEC (Economic Analysis Office) and GEGE (Business Management and Research Center).
A teaching environment that resonates with history
The buildings that house the School are of historical significance. Although they were not purpose-built for the School itself, they provide a harmonious continuity between the Faculdade's roots and its current cultural and civic identity.
The school spent its first ten years in a Palacete at Campo Grande, 185 - a site with strong traditions and connections to learning. In late 1987 the Faculdade moved to one of Lisbon's seven hilltops - to the grand and recently remodeled Colégio de Campolide. Both of the undergraduate degree programs and the Masters/Doctoral Program in Economics continue in this location.
The MBA Program and Nova Forum reside in a magnificent estate that bears the name of its architect, Ventura Terra. The Ventura Terra Palace - a notable example of early 20th-century architecture and remains to this day an architectural milestone in Lisbon. The Palace is situated in its own park, which is a veritable oasis of peace in the heart of the city.
Teaching at NOVA
The success of the School can be easily traced to certain characteristics that make NOVA unique among Portuguese educational institutions: internationalization, student advising, and customized curricula.
From the earliest days, the Faculdade has recognized the growing importance of globalization on Economic studies, and has adapted to it.
- The faculty is made up of professors from nine different countries - recruited among the very best of the international market of Economics and Management
- More than 50% of the undergraduate courses, and all of those in the Masters/Doctoral and MBA Programs, are taught in English
- Through student exchanges in the Socrates/Erasmus Program, 40% of the undergraduate students in recent years have been from other countries.
The Faculdade sets very competitive admission requirements, and takes a great interest in accompanying its students. The Faculdade also provides personal advising and course planning leading to curricula that are tailor-made to each student. Fewer required courses, combined with a wide variety of electives (operating on a "credit system" - another first in Portugal), assure that students obtain the specialization they seek.
We aim to:
Produce graduates and postgraduates equipped for the global marketplace. Our high-quality and innovative courses are geared to providing the knowledge and skills required, and are regularly reviewed to reflect best practice. Our teaching is rigorous, and benefits from the stimulus of a wide range of electives, international recruitment and exchange programs. Our intellectual environment will attract and stimulate the best faculty and students.
Serve the wider community and advance knowledge. We influence economic policy and improve business practice, through the provision of executive education, and consultancy services. We conduct pure and applied research, which is scholarly, relevant, and rated internationally.
Profit from our strengths. As a combined School of Economics and Management, we benefit from the synergy between the two disciplines. Our cutting-edge research underpins the excellence of our teaching. Through embracing international perspectives and harnessing local experience, we create unique environment for education and research.
Bring prestige to Portugal, our students, faculty, alumni and staff through international recognition. We pursue international accreditation to enhance our standing, attract faculty, students and stakeholders, validate our standards, promote change and stimulate our quest for continuous improvement.
“Our vision is to be among the best in Europe.”