About the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA) was founded in 1973. It is a public university comprised of different campuses within the Lisbon metropolitan area. NOVA currently has about 19.800 students and 1.700 teachers and researchers, distributed over nine schools (academic units), providing Portuguese and foreign students with a wide range of courses in all fields of knowledge.
The excellent quality of research in many areas is a cornerstone in the international culture of NOVA. In addition to intense exchanges in Europe and North-America , NOVA also develops cooperation ties with Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries.
The singularity of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa lies in its respect for the individuality of the academic units, each having acquired specific prestige within the NOVA key values of freedom, diversity and tolerance. The clear choice for a unique but diversified identity, working not only as a network of institutions but also of projects, people and resources, characterises NOVA as a university open to the community and to the world.
NOVA’s strategic plan for 2012-2016 embraced the creation of a Doctoral School aiming to promote quality, interdisciplinary education and the internationalisation of the university’s doctoral programmes. Without interfering with the structured PhD programmes of each academic unit, the transversal courses offered by NOVA Doctoral School aim to reinforce personal and professional development of PhD students and supervisors through transferable skills training. The courses take place in the various campuses of NOVA. They are voluntary and free of charge for the students and supervisors and the classes integrate participants with diverse scientific backgrounds, coming from all the different academic units.
Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus estuary where it broadens to enter the Atlantic Ocean. Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city and its cultural, administrative, commercial and industrial hub. The name comes from “Olissipo”, which has its origins in the Phoenician words “Allis Ubbo”, meaning “enchanting port”. Built on seven hills overlooking the Tagus river, Lisbon is a historic capital where 800 years of cultural influences mingle with modern trends and life styles creating spectacular contrasts.
Lisbon is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, with a mild climate all year round, where visitors can enjoy the colourful districts, the yellow trams that run along the cobblestoned streets and explore historic monuments and museums.
Lisbon also has a vibrant night life and a rich musical culture, of which Fado, the urban popular song of Portugal is the highlight, recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011.