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ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon logo.png
Former names
ISCTE - Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa
Type Public university institute
Established 1972
Rector Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 9,200
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Campus Cidade Universitária de Lisboa

ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, abbreviated ISCTE-IUL, is a Portuguese public university institute, located in the centre of Lisbon in the University City campus.

In the past, ISCTE-IUL was named Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa abbreviated ISCTE (in English Superior Institute of Business and Labour Sciences), but that name was dropped in 2009 when ISCTE-IUL was changed to a university institute of foundational nature (along with the University of Porto and the University of Aveiro).


ISCTE-IUL is made up of four schools:[1]

  • ISCTE-IUL Business School (IBS)
  • School of Social and Human Sciences (ECSH)
  • School of Sociology and Public Policy (ESPP)
  • ISCTE-IUL School of Technology and Architecture (ISTA)

ISCTE-IUL also has an institute dedicated to executive education:

  • INDEG-IUL ISCTE Executive Education

Teaching Programmes[edit]

ISCTE-IUL comprises about 9,000 students at both undergraduate and graduate levels and close to 350 professors. The ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa confers all levels of academic degrees in Anthropology, Sociology, History, Social Psychology, Political Science, Planning, Architecture, Economics, Finance, Business administration and Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Computer Science, Telecommunications Engineering, Industrial Engineering, amongst many other post-graduate programs.


ISCTE-IUL was established in Lisbon in 1972 as ISCTE[2] using the faculty and facilities of the Instituto de Estudos Sociais (Institute of Social Studies, founded in 1963) as a first step towards a new and innovative public university in Lisbon. Its present designation dates from 2009.

From its creation ISCTE-IUL was authorized to grant the bachelor's degree and the licenciatura degree, which was granted after completion of a four to five years long program that often required writing a final dissertation and thus was roughly equivalent to the current master's degree, instituted as part of the Bologna process. From 1983 onwards, ISCTE-IUL was also authorized to grant the master's degree, which was higher than the current Bologna process master's degree but still lower than a doctorate degree).

What was to be the first college of a never completed larger projected university (due to the carnation revolution of 1974) always remained as a non-integrated University Institute - situation that was institutionalized in 1988. From that date onwards, ISCTE-IUL grants all academic degrees, comprising Bachelors, Masters, PhDs, Honorary doctorates and Habilitations (called Agregação in Portuguese).

ISCTE-IUL is today part of both the Fundação das Universidades Portuguesas (Foundation of Portuguese Universities) and the Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas (Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities). It is also one of the few public universities in Portugal with a foundational nature,[3] together with the University of Porto and the University of Aveiro.

Research units[edit]

This ISCTE-IUL comprises quality research centers in all its domains.[4] The major ISCTE-IUL research centers are:

Notable alumni and professors[edit]

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Coordinates: 38°44′56″N 9°9′14″W / 38.74889°N 9.15389°W / 38.74889; -9.15389