ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972. Pursuing teaching, research and community service activities, it plays a major role in educating qualified specialists and personnel, whose cultural, scientific and technical skills enable them to contribute to sustainable development both at the national and the global level. The strategic objectives of ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon are: innovation, quality, internationalization and development of an entrepreneurial culture.
While preserving its public university nature, ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon is currently one of the three Portuguese universities (along with the University of Porto and the University of Aveiro) which opted the Foundation Regime, the latter prescribing management according to private law.
With approximately 8500 students enrolled in undergraduate (52%) and postgraduate (48%) programs, 450 teachers and 220 non-teaching staff, ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon is proud to be one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in the country. Facing high demand, the student vacancies at the ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon have always been fully occupied.
ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon encourages students to fully exploit their potential, to develop their capability for initiative and flexibility and to complement their academic education with international experience, enabling them with the necessary skills to adapt to the needs of the global labour market. ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon demonstrates a high rate of graduates’ employability and achieves the 100% rate in most of the courses. Its former students currently occupy positions of high responsibility in private companies, public institutions and governmental entities, which confirms not only the prestige of our institution, but also its teaching quality.
ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon is a research university, with nine research centers evaluated by the Foundation for Science and Technology (4 qualified as excellent, 3 as very good and 2 as good).
At community service level, the scholars and graduates of the ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon have contributed to establishing multiple connections with private companies and public and civil society organizations. One of the most outstanding examples is the Institute for Management Development (INDEG), which employs activities of strong public recognition in the domains of education, postgraduate studies and research and community service in the areas of its jurisdiction.
In the domain of entrepreneurship, the research center AUDAX is nowadays a national reference as it has developed partnerships with various local authorities, business associations, COTEC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).