The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020, which assesses universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), places NOVA in first place in relation to the Gender Equality goal (SDG 5) and in 67th worldwide, in a total of 548 institutions.
The alignment of NOVA's initiatives with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda is a commitment expressed in its Strategic Plan, in which Gender Equality is of great importance.
The position in this ranking is due to several contributions, dispersed in projects and initiatives that take place throughout NOVA.
One such example is the project SPEAR - Supporting and Implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia and Research. NOVA, under the coordination of the Vice-Rector, Professor Elvira Fortunato, is part of an European consortium within the scope of this H2020 project on gender equality that aims to develop institutional changes to increase the participation of women in Research and Innovation, and also to improve their career prospects.
There are other initiatives at NOVA in the context of gender equality, aimed at boosting and encouraging the participation of women in areas where they are normally less represented, such as the Conference of Women Mathematicians or the "Engineers for a day" project.
Another example is NOVA Women in Business, a club that aims to enable young women to embrace professional and personal challenges and help them become successful leaders in the future.