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Cooperation Projects

NOVA University Lisbon is involved in various international cooperation projects, either as coordinator or participant institution, which conveys its ability to establish partnerships with universities in different countries for the implementation of projects spanning across the globe.

Capacity Building in Higher Education Institutions

Projects where NOVA is Coordinator

UDI-A - University Development in Africa

University Development and Innovation – AFRICA is a Project coordinated by NOVA, which intends to promote the capacitation of four African Universities: two from Angola, Universidade Agostinho Neto (Luanda) and Universidade Katyavala Bwila (Benguela), and two from Mozambique, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Maputo) and Universidade Lúrio (Nampula).
It aims to empower these Higher Education institutions to play an effective impacting role in fostering sustainable and inclusive development in their region and country. The Project has officially started in November 2017 and will last for two years.

Projects where the Rectorate of NOVA is Participant

LEAD2 - Enhancing Academic Leadership and Governance of Chinese and European Universities in the Context of Innovation and Internationalization

LEAD2 project is a Capacity Building in Higher Education project supported by the Erasmus+ programme. It builds on the results of the LEAD project, but with significant new & innovative contributions. The aims of the LEAD2 project are to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in governance and academic leadership
  • Enhance the knowledge and capacities of academic leaders and potential academic leaders on university governance and leadership
  • Implement innovative and targeted blended training (MOOC, workshops & peer learning) for academic leaders
  • Deepen the understanding of university governance and academic leadership through comparative studies
  • Create an online Knowledge Base,  Referencing Tool & Networks
  • Establish an EU-China Center on University Leadership.

INSITES - Institutionnalisation Des Structures d'innovation De Transfert Et d'exploitation Du Savoir

INSITES Project is coordinated by Universite Hassan 1er Settat, in Morocco, and involves 17 partners from Morocco and the European Union.

This project aims at improving the institutionalisation and development of Technology Transfer, Innovation and Knowledge Enhancing in the Moroccan context.

NOVA is part of the University Council as a transversal university structure that will support the implementation of good practices in the area of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


CABCIN - Establishment of Capacity Building Centers as a sustainable solution to raise the standards of teaching staff in Indian HEIs

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa is a partner in the Erasmus+ Project CABCIN (Establishment of Capacity Building Centers as a sustainable solution to raise the standards of teaching staff in Indian HEIs). 
This Project aims the improvement of the quality of teaching of Higher Education Institutions in India.
The consortium includes five European Universities that provide training and five Indian Universities that receive training. The consortium leader is the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, in Poland.


Projects where the Schools and Institutes of NOVA are Participants

The project FORINT – Strengthening Internationalization between European and Latin American Universities is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and joins seven Cuban partners, two Panamanian partners and six European partners (from Spain, Belgium, Portugal and Italy), including the coordinator, EFMD – The Management Development Network.

NOVA is the Portuguese partner in the FORINT project which aims to support the internationalization process of Cuban and Panamanian universities, namely by integrating the international dimension into the teaching, research, management and services of Cuban and Panamanian universities, and building capacities in the six Cuban and two Panamanian institutions in order to facilitate their internationalization.

SHYFTE - Building Skills 4.0 THrough UniversitY and Enterprise CollaboraTion

In order to fulfil the requirements of the Industry 4.0, SHYFTE project will jointly be carried out by Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Europe and Asia.  Huge skills gap between HEIs and Industries cannot be eliminated by later stages of the chain. That is why HEIs must be developed in associations with Industries and SMEs. 

To provide a desirable job market platform SHYFTE 4.0 will provide the basic and novel skill development strategy in both EU and Asia with main focus on four following research domains:  
Industrial engineering and management
Software Engineering and Big data analytics 
Wireless and Networks analytics
Artificial Intelligence

The overall aims of SHYFTE project are:
To support academic and administrative staff in Asian HEIs to design and implement new methodology and learning materials to enhance and improve the competencies and skills related to Industry 4.0. That will enable HEIs organisations aligning their learning program strategy both to the requirements of the regional industry and the global labour market. 
To build and strengthen links between HEIs and Industry 4.0, and promote the job market by minimizing the skills gap.

To build Skills 4.0 LABs or Learning centres of excellence in Asian Partner's HEI to enable each of them to become the reference centre in its country and disseminate the results of the project nationally and regionally.

IMPALA -  Strengthening IMPAct of Latin American universities

The project IMPALA enhances the quality of Colombian, Cuban and Panamanian universities by transferring the EU expertise to design and implement a quality referential (framework, tools & methodology) based on impact assessment. This tool complements the actual QA systems currently limited to the quality of teaching and research. This fosters an evolution towards an impact-driven culture in the institutions which improves the quality and relevance of the services that they provide to their community.
The project results in an impact QA system, inspired by EU experience and customized to the 3 national contexts. The HEIs are capacitated for applying the quality referential at the institutional level (impact is measured and included in strategic development) and at the functional level (more activities/projects are targeted at local communities and their impact is maximized). The fitness for purpose and practical relevance of this QA system are verified by its implementation in 11 universities, under the mentorship of European experts.

e-VIVA - Enhancing and Validating servIce related competences in Versatile learning environments in Western BAlkan Universities

E- Viva aims at the creation of a blended learning approach to facilitate and validate competence developments related to service orientation in rather informal learning contexts in higher education institutes and workplace learning contexts. It will contribute to evidencing those competences that are of fundamental importance in the service economy and that are acquired to a large extent in non-formalised learning contexts

With its approach to combine Higher education and professional practice, e-VIVA will contribute to improved transparency of the acquired competences in a transnational comparative approach. Nevertheless, it will provide learning and validation opportunities in highly contextualized and individualised learning settings. With this, it will also open up new learning pathways and eventually also lead to a better matching of learning contents and individual learning styles (preferences).

Operative objectives:

Research on existing (ICT-supported) approaches to create and validate service oriented skills and competences
Developing and refining overarching ICT-based assessment and validation systems
Enriching existing validation and certification systems
Applying a rich competence development and validation software for service-related skills and competences
Piloting and Evaluation
Addressing large numbers of learners and stakeholders

LIFE for SEA-ED - Learning to Investigate by Field Experiment for Southeast Asia Emerging Diseases

The potential emerging pathogens is a reality in Southeast Asia. Since a vector-borne parasitic or viral disease is concerned, its investigation requires various expertise as well as an efficient organisation to articulate that expertise in a rational procedure. 
In Southeast Asia, Thailand is one of the more advanced counties where the improvement of expertise could be of the benefit to the country as well as of the region at whole.
The main objective is to improve knowledge (What to know?) and skills (How to do?) of trainers who will be able to teach students in their respective Universities in the different areas involved in such investigation named:
- Applied Medical Entomology,
- Vector-borne Parasitic and Viral Diseases,
- Ecology & Environment,
- Epidemiology,
- Data Management,
- Data Analysis and GIS

Closed Projects

The LEAD project aims to enhance the Capacity of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) related to Governance and Academic leadership in the context of Innovation and Internationalization of HE in China and the EU. The three-year project (2015-2018) is supported by the European Commission within the framework of its Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity Building funding scheme in the field of HE.

In addition to NOVA, the European partners are Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Coordinator) (Belgium), Network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe – UNICA (Belgium), University of Tampere (Finland) and Middle East Technical University (Turkey).

Peking University, Tongji University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, National Academy of Education Administration and Yunan Normal University, are the Chinese partners.

SIGMA rail is a capacity building project that brings together 14 institutions from Europe and Maghreb for the development of joint actions for the modernization of the railway industry. The project aims to:

  1. Bring together experts from academia and the railway industry from Europe and Maghreb;
  2. Identify and develop suitable pedagogical innovation tools more with the introduction of new information and communication technologies (e-learning and serious games  and virtual reality);
  3. Reinforce the implementation of the Mediterranean Institute of Logistics and Transports;
  4. Find suitable responses to the training needs in the railway area which enables finding solutions to the needs that result from the development of new structures in the participating countries.

This project was developed in a Consortium based on the reputation of each of its members in the domain of transports and innovative pedagogy, as well as their complementarity.


- Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis, (coordenadora do projeto);
- Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées;
- Politécnico de Milão;
- Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.


- Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique et de la Formation des cadres (Maroc);
- Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique (Tunisie);
- Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Rabat;
- Université Mohamed V, Ecole Mohammedia d'Ingénieurs - Rabat;
- Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs de Tunis;
- Institut Supérieur des Arts Multimédia de la Manouba.

Associated Partners

- Ministère de l’Equipement, du Transport et de la Logistique;
- Office National de Chemins de Fer;
- Institut Ferroviaire de France;
- IRT Railenium.