New University of Lisbon
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, univɨsiˈdad(ɨ) ˈnɔvɐ dɨ liʒˈboɐ, also known as NOVA ) was established in 1973 and is the youngest of the three public universities
Public university
A public university is a university that is predominantly funded by public means through a national or subnational government, as opposed to private universities. A national university may or may not be considered a public university, depending on regions...

 of Lisbon
Lisbon is the capital city and largest city of Portugal with a population of 545,245 within its administrative limits on a land area of . The urban area of Lisbon extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 3 million on an area of , making it the 9th most populous urban...

, in Portugal
Portugal , officially the Portuguese Republic is a country situated in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the West and South and by Spain to the North and East. The Atlantic archipelagos of the...


Since 2006, the THE-QS World University Rankings has ranked Universidade NOVA de Lisboa as one of the world's 500 best universities. The university is especially strong in the fields of Business, Economics and Law, being ranked number 245 in the world in 2008, as well as in the Arts and Humanities fields.


It was created in 1973 as part of a program of expansion and diversification in higher education in Portugal and was a response to ever an increasing demand for higher education in the city and surrounding areas of Lisbon.
During its first years, the University offered mainly graduate and specialist programs. Since the end of 1977, when the first regular programs started, the university has been expanding steadily.


The University, as well as its Units, enjoys scientific, academic and administrative autonomy and, as a state institution, is mainly funded by Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

In 2005 the University had about 14,000 students, including 12,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate; about 57% are women and 4% are foreign students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and 57 graduate programs.
The University is not confined to one single campus. Its five faculties and four University Institutes are located in various sites in and outside Lisbon. The buildings for the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law, Institute for Statistics and Information Management, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health and the Rectory, are located in several places in the city of Lisbon.

Whereas, the Faculty of Sciences and Technology is located in a large campus a few kilometers away from Lisbon on the south side of the Tagus
The Tagus is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula. It is long, in Spain, along the border between Portugal and Spain and in Portugal, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Lisbon. It drains an area of . The Tagus is highly utilized for most of its course...

 river at Monte de Caparica and the Institute for Chemical and Biological Technology is also only a few miles away from the capital at Oeiras.

The Welfare Students Services are located near the Rectory and supervise financial aid to the students, four faculty canteens and four university residences.


Schools offering both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes:

Governing Bodies

University Assembly: the University's highest representative body. Elects the Rector and revises the University statutes. There are 218 elected members

Rector: presides over the University and represents it in its external relations. Chairs the representative boards and is assisted by the Vice-Rectors and Pro-Rectors.

Senate: the most important central decision making body in academic self government. Includes representatives of academic units, of personnel groups and students. There are 50 members.

Administrative Board: decides on administrative and business policy

Advisory council: Rector's consultative body to foster links among university and community.

The Lisbon MBA

The Lisbon MBA is a partnership between Universidade Catolica Portuguesa and Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.
The partnership includes a Full Time One year MBA, in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management
MIT Sloan School of Management
The MIT Sloan School of Management is the business school of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts....

 and a Part Time MBA.
The two Universities that offer this MBA program hold the triple crown accreditation namely AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

Notable Professors and Students

People who have been awarded a degree by the New University of Lisbon or otherwise have attended or lectured in this university, include:
  • António Câmara
    António Câmara
    António Câmara is a Professor at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa and has been a Visiting Professor at both Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...

    , professor and entrepreneur.
  • Maria José Caldas, professor and entrepreneur.
  • António Chagas Rosa
    António Chagas Rosa
    António Chagas Rosa is a Portuguese composer of contemporary classical music, considered one of the leading figures of contemporary musical writing of his generation....

    , composer.
  • Armando Vara
    Armando Vara
    Armando António Martins Vara is a Portuguese politician, member of the Portuguese Socialist Party, and banking administrator. He enrolled in philosophy, at the New University of Lisbon, leaving the institution whithout being awarded a degree...

    , minister, politician, and banking executive. (did not graduate)
  • Carmona Rodrigues
    Carmona Rodrigues
    António Pedro Nobre Carmona Rodrigues |Alvalade]], Lisbon), grand-nephew of Óscar Carmona, is a university professor and a Portuguese politician...

    , professor, engineer, and politician.
  • Eduardo Condorcet
    Eduardo Condorcet
    Eduardo Condorcet is an actor, musician, theatre director and film director.He started working as an actor and musician in 1992 at Lisbon based group Comuna, and in 1995 he graduated in a Cinema specialisation in the Communication Sciences department at the New University of Lisbon.In the same...

    , actor, musician, theatre director and film director.
  • João Mário Grilo
    João Mário Grilo
    João Mário Lourenço Bagão Grilo is a Portuguese film director, author and professor, born in Figueira da Foz. He attended economics at the University of Coimbra but dropped out. In 1983, he graduated in sociology at Lisbon's ISCTE and in 1994 earned a Ph.D...

    , film director and professor.
  • José Luís Peixoto
    José Luís Peixoto
    José Luís Peixoto , is a Portuguese writer who has written fiction, poetry, drama, lyrics and has participated in a wide number of projects involving writing.-Biographical note:...

    , writer.
  • José Rodrigues dos Santos, writer, professor and journalist.
  • Miguel Telles Antunes
    Miguel Telles Antunes
    Miguel Telles Antunes is a Portuguese palaeontologist. He is specializes, among other things, in dinosaur palaeontology.Antunes is the director of the Museu Maynense da Academia das Ciências de Lisboa...

    , palaeontologist.
  • Miguel Vale de Almeida
    Miguel Vale de Almeida
    Miguel Vale de Almeida is a Portuguese anthropologist, LGBT activist, and professor at the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa in Lisbon. He is currently editor-in-chief of the journal Etnográfica and member of CEAS-ISCTE and APA...

    , anthropologist, LGBT activist, and professor.
  • Octávio Mateus
    Octávio Mateus
    Octávio Mateus is a Portuguese dinosaur paleontologist and biologist . He received his PhD at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2005...

    , paleontologist and biologist.
  • Ricardo Costa
    Ricardo Costa (journalist)
    Ricardo Paiva Costa is a Portuguese journalist. He has worked for SIC television network as a host in several television programs, including Expresso da Meia-Noite, with Nicolau Santos. Since 2011, Ricardo Costa is the director of Expresso. Ricardo is son of Orlando da Costa, a writer, and Inácia...

    , journalist. (did not graduate)
  • Laura Gonçalves
    Laura Gonçalves
    Laura Gonçalves was crowned Miss Universo Portugal 2011, on July 29, 2011 at the Hotel Miragem in Cascais. She represented Portugal at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant and made the top 10. She also won the most fan votes...

    , Top 10 Finalist of Miss Universe 2011 Representing Portugal

See also

  • list of universities in Portugal
  • Higher education in Portugal
    Higher education in Portugal
    Higher education in Portugal is divided into two main subsystems: university and polytechnic education. It is provided in autonomous public universities, private universities, public or private university institutes, polytechnic institutions and higher education institutions of other types...

  • The Lisbon MBA

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