NOVA, A Civic and Global University

NOVA University Lisbon results from one of the most ambitious transformations of the Portuguese higher education system. Founded on August 11, 1973, NOVA soon revolutionised higher education in Portugal by introducing a pioneering range of courses designed to train citizens committed to the development of the country and the world. Its strong commitment to interdisciplinarity and internationalisation led to the desired highly prestigious research and training aimed at employability and entrepreneurship.

With nine organic units located in 4 municipalities of the Lisbon metropolitan area, NOVA offers an excellent range of training in the most diverse fields of knowledge - from science, engineering, and technology to economics and management, including law, social sciences and humanities, medicine, and health.

In total, it has around 25,000 students, of which 20% are international, from 110 countries. NOVA is also the only Portuguese university with a campus outside the national territory - NOVA Cairo - located in the area of the new administrative capital of Egypt.

In addition, it has already publicly committed itself to contributing to the solutions of today's major social challenges, in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations (UN) in the 2030 Agenda - and also with the set of policies and strategies articulated by the European Commission in the so-called European Ecological Pact to mitigate the threat of climate change.

Guided by the strategic vision of being a global and civic university, NOVA reaffirms its daily commitment to serve the country and society through knowledge, fulfilling its mission as a Portuguese public institution.

Facts and Figures

40 undergraduate degrees

129 Master's degrees

1 integrated master's degree

73 doctorates

20% of international students from 112 countries

39 research and development units (92% rated very good)

34 ERC grants

140 start-ups

20 spin-offs

275 active patents