Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Universidade Nova de Lisboa was founded in 1973 and currently has about 18 233 students, 1 449 professors and 769 employees.
NOVA has five Faculties (Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Faculty of Law), three Institutes (Institute of Statistics and Information Management, Institute of Chemical and Biological Technology and Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and the National School of Public Health, which offer a diverse range of courses in every field of knowledge.
NOVA’s R&D activities take place in 39 different research centres and 4 associated laboratories, evaluated by independent researchers in accordance with international standards for excellence. Our University has been participating for several years in student and professor exchange programmes with universities from all continents. This is quite an important activity for the university’s strategy for internationalisation. The courses are organized in accordance with the Bologna Process, which enables the integration of students and professors from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles in the ERASMUS Programme. The 2010/11 academic year will be the first year that NOVA will give its students the opportunity of participating in an ERASMUS internship at a European company.
The promotion of teaching and non-teaching staff exchange has contributed significantly to a better knowledge of European higher education institutions, giving a broader international dimension to Nova.
In 2009/2010, NOVA enhanced its capacity for sending students abroad, while maintaining its ability to attract incoming students. In order to achieve this, around 800 bilateral agreements were signed, with about 305 higher education institutions. According to the statistics published by the European Commission, based on 2007/08 figures, NOVA currently occupies the 60th position in terms of outgoing students and the 40th position for incoming students in a ranking of 4000 European Universities. NOVA is also well positioned at national level, occupying the 2nd position in terms of outgoing students.
However, NOVA’s priorities are not limited to quantity. Experience shows that equally important to the signing of several agreements, is the quality of exchanges, which requires the commitment of all parts involved, in improving the information exchange, the welcoming processes and the study programmes.
The Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) was created in 1977, it has more than 7 000 students and offers 9 Undergraduate programmes and 9 Integrated cycles in the areas of Sciences and Technologies, as well as 28 Masters, several Postgraduate programmes, and 31 Doctoral degrees. The Faculty is situated in the southern bank of the Tagus River, in campus of Monte de Caparica, located about 5 km of Lisbon, in an area with good car access, well-served by a public transport network, which includes tram, bus, train and river ferries.
The campus of Caparica includes several buildings dedicated to theoretical and practical classes, as well as to several departments and services. This space includes a canteen serving inexpensive meals, several bars and cafeterias; the students’ union; the computing centre and several room studies equipped with computers and internet access; several libraries; an auditorium for conferences, also used as cinema; a bookstore; various copy shops; a bank (Caixa Geral de Depósitos); a first-aid centre; a mini-market and several playfields.
FCT is closely located to Almada. This city offers a wide range of cultural activities, it is possible to experience live theatre, dance, museum exhibitions and concerts. These events are supported by different institutions and presented namely in Museu da Cidade, Fórum Romeu Correia and Convento dos Capuchos among others. All the latest movies can be watched at Almada Forum (14 movie theatres). The old town animated nightlife attracts lots of young people. The endless white sand beaches of Costa de Caparica are very popular, not only in the Summer but also during the whole year, for the practice of aquatic sports.
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