Universidade NOVA de Lisboa


Campus de Campolide
1099-085 Lisboa
Telephone: +351 213 715 600
Fax: +351 213 715 614
E-mail: unl@unl.pt

ECTS Coordinator

Maria Amália Botelho sec-ereitoral@unl.pt


The name Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA) stands for creativity and innovation. Proud of its youth, as one of the most recent public universities within the Lisbon metropolitan area, NOVA spans through three councils: Lisboa, Almada and Oeiras.

NOVA currently has about 19.500 students,  1.591 teachers and researchers and 679 non-academic staff, distributed through five faculties, three institutes and one school, providing a wide range of courses in all fields of knowledge.

The application of Bologna Declaration principles to all courses is a clear indicator of NOVA’s capacity to position itself as a European higher education institution. The Erasmus Programme stands out as an example of this capacity, in which theUniversidade NOVA de Lisboa has participated with great success since its creation in 1987. 

NOVA integrates 41 scientific research centres funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology), including 3 associated laboratories (in partnership with other institutions). In the last assessment by FCT (2007-2008), 25 of these centres were graded as “Excellent” or “Very Good”, accounting for 61%.

The excellent quality of research in many areas, is also a cornerstone in the international culture of NOVA. Besides intense exchanges in the European space, NOVA also develops cooperation ties with Brazil and Portuguese-speaking countries. It is our short term goal to also cooperate with Higher Education institutions from Latin America.

The university is thus actively involved in cooperation actions promoted by the Portuguese Government, in particular with North-American universities, such as the University of Texas at Austin (UTA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), namely in master’s courses and doctoral and research programmes.

The singularity of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa Project lies in its respect for the individuality of each academic unit, each having acquired its image and prestige within the freedom, diversity and tolerance that have been the guidelines of NOVA. One further aim of the project is the strengthening of the cohesion between units in order to take the best possible advantage of the synergies that can thus be generated and developed.

This clear option for a unique but diversified identity, working not only as a network of institutions but also of projects, people and resources, characterizes NOVA as a university that is open to the world and willing to take part in the challenges presented by the 21st Century.