Message from the Rector


ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa is a unique case of success in the landscape of public higher education institutions in Portugal



The Rector
Luís Reto

ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa is a unique example of success in the landscape of public higher education institutions in Portugal.

Established in December 15, 1972 to raise specialists in the areas of labour and business, it soon exceeded its original mission and established itself as a relevant scientific university institution.

ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa has gained a status equal to that of other public Portuguese universities.

The institution’s teaching methods, research and knowledge transmission are carried on in four Schools and nine Research Centers which are internationally assessed and cooperate with a range of affiliated entities that ensure effective interaction with enterprises and other institutions.

ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa is a research university, which nonetheless does not neglect the quality of teaching and knowledge transmission.

With approximately 8500 students enrolled, 450 teachers and 220 employees, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa stands out for its high rate of post-graduate courses (nearly 50 %), strong internationalization, large financial autonomy from the State (50 % of revenues) and its nature as a specialised university.

It is currently one of the three public university institutions, apart from the Universities of Porto and Aveiro, which adopted the status of Public Foundation of private law.

We have an ambition for excellence in teaching and research; thus our strategic goals in the near future are focused on increasing research, internationalization, control of our education's quality, and creating favourable conditions for the development of an organizational culture of entrepreneurship, innovation and knowledge transmission to the society.

Welcome to ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.

The Rector
Luís Reto
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