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NOVA has been particularly focused on favoring the employability of its students of all study cycles. The university supports students from the first day and all along the way by giving them access to a set of tools and assisting them with the development of competences for an effective job search using NOVA’s Job Portal as well as benefiting from the career offices that exist in each school.

The path followed by the student after obtaining the degree is also examined with particular attention. This study is mostly performed by the ObipNova - Observatory of Graduates’ Transitions into Work at NOVA, launched in 2011. The ObipNova has planned a ten year period, starting in 2010, in which the trajectories of graduates of all the study cycles – bachelors, masters and doctorates – will be observed. 

Every year, a series of phone surveys will be conducted to evaluate the professional activity of those who graduated in the previous year. Every five years, a more in-depth questionnaire is conducted in order to scrutinize the professional evolution of the graduates over that period. 


The ObipNova - Observatory of Graduates’ Transitions into Work at NOVA is an initiative of the Rectory of NOVA involving all the schools of the university. The general aim of ObipNova is producing information that is:

  • Rigorous, using reliable indicators
  • Statistically representative, working with small margins of error
  • Extensive and detailed, observing all schools and courses
  • Standardized, allowing internal comparability within the university, as well as externally with national figures and data produced by other higher education institutions
  • Updated, characterizing the employment situation of graduates of recent cohorts
  • Evolutionary, following the graduates trajectories along extended periods


OBIPNOVA Coordination:

Prof. Doutor Miguel Chaves, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
e-mail: miguel.chaves@fcsh.unl.pt

OBIPNOVA Scientific Committee:

  • Prof.ª Doutora Paula Urze, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
  • Prof.ª Doutora Graça Martinho, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
  • Prof.ª Doutora Maria José Roxo, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
  • Prof. Doutor João Sedas Nunes, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
  • Prof. Doutor Pedro Portugal, Nova School of Business and Economics
  • Prof. Doutor Carlos Filipe, Nova Medical School
  • Prof. Doutor Vitor Pereira das Neves, Faculdade de Direito
  • Prof. Doutor Celso Vladimiro Cunha, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical
  • Prof. Doutor Jorge Mendes, Nova Information Management School
  • Prof. Doutora Inês Cardoso Pereira, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica
  • Prof. Doutor Rui Santana, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública