Following an outstanding scientific and cultural tradition inherited from its prior institutions, Universidade de Lisboa was created in July 2013, as a result of the merger of Universidade Técnica de Lis-boa and Universidade de Lisboa (tracing its origins to the establishment of the Portuguese University in 1290). Universidade de Lisboa has 18 schools and over 100 research units, around 50,000 stu-dents, 4.000 lecturers, 2.500 non-academic staff and 400 degree courses. Teaching, research, sci-ence, technology and innovation are the core business of Universidade de Lisboa.
Instituto Superior Técnico was created in 1911 and is the school of Engineering, Science and Tech-nology and Architecture of Universidade de Lisboa. In these domains, IST represents the largest and most reputed school in Portugal and one of the bests in Europe. At IST, we aim to give our stu-dents and alumni the education and the knowledge tools to improve, to change and to shape soci-ety through science, technology, and entrepreneurship. We provide top quality higher education, strongly exposed to Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activities, immersing our stu-dents in an exciting and global environment geared towards solving the challenges of the XXIst Century.
IST consists of 9 Departments and there are about 10.000 full-year equivalent under and post grad-uate students, and about 1.600 full time equivalent teaching and non-teaching staff. Internationalization has been defined as a key strategic goal over the past few years with increasing number of international students and staff as well as an increasing participation in international academic net-works and partnerships of excellency.