The ‘Universidade Nova de Lisboa’ (‘Nova’ – New – University of Lisbon) was founded on August 11, 1973 and is the newest of the three state universities of Lisbon. Integrated in a structure of expansion and diversification of higher education, NOVA has, from the beginning, adopted a structural model considered new in the Portuguese university context. This structure is organized according to a departmental and interdisciplinary model, associated with Technology, simultaneously with the Social and Human Sciences and Medical Sciences.
In this context, the NOVA University of Lisbon was also a response to a growing demand for higher education in Portugal, in general, and in the Lisbon area in particular.
After four years, it was necessary to implement some changes to the first model so as to honour the commitment of NOVA University of Lisbon regarding excellence and research. However, the main vectors defined when the University was established – to innovate in academic training to meet the need for social and economic development in the country – remain.
During its early years, the University offered mainly undergraduate and specialization programs, but since 1977 it has developed a consistent expansion project.
NOVA is a decentralized University, which means that its Faculties and Institutes have a high degree of autonomy. NOVA currently has over 19,000 students enrolled, a total of 1,491 faculty members, 804 staff and 225 researchers.
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