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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

SIGMA rail logo

SIGMA rail is a capacity building project that bring 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.


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 Enhacing in the Moroccan context.

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