Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA) was was created in 1973, a year before the Carnation Revolution, shortly before the Carnation Revolution. However, NOVA only began its development after that event due to the fact that many Portuguese professors - who already developed intensive academic activities in other countries such as, England, France, the United States, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and many others - returned to Portugal. Together, these professors covered all of the scientific areas that are still today NOVA's areas of expertise (from Medicine to Economics, Engineering to Social Sciences and Humanities) and, in some cases, attracted foreign colleagues with whom they had previously developed profissional relationships before returning to Portugal. Therefore, it can be said that the adoption of a very strong international profile is part of NOVA's DNA.
NOVA’s international profile has developed naturally over the years and, more rapidly since 2004, with the emergence of several international mobility programs, to which NOVA has been successfully applying by itself or through partnerships with Portuguese or foreign Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
Summarizing, NOVA has 199 teachers and foreign researchers, 3408 foreign students enrolled in study programs in order to obtain a degree from NOVA, and 1128 foreign students enrolled in mobility programs, who will be with us for one or more semesters.
Many study programs offered by the University are characterized by an international component that allows those who attend them to experience the culture, to know the level of development and to learn the best practices of other regions and countries.
In the years to come, NOVA will continue to develop this international profile, in all its aspects, which is an integral part of its mission and commitment to excellence in teaching and research.