University of Cape Verde

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University of Cape Verde
Universidade de Cabo Verde
MottoScientia via est
EstablishedNovember 21, 2006
PresidentIderlindo Pina
RectorJudite Nascimento
Academic staff
more than 480[1]
Studentsmore than 5000[1]

The University of Cape Verde (Portuguese: Universidade de Cabo Verde, abbreviated "Uni-CV") is the only public university of Cape Verde. The main campus is in Palmarejo, Praia, but there are also institutes in Mindelo, Assomada and São Jorge dos Órgãos. It has over 5000 students.[1] A new campus for Uni-CV is under construction in Palmarejo, financed by the Chinese government. It should be completed by July 2020. It will have capacity for 4,890 students and 476 professors, with a library, dorms, cafeterias and sports facilities. It will have 61 class rooms, five auditoriums with a capacity of 150 seats, eight computer rooms, eight reading rooms and 34 laboratories.[2]


The University of Cape Verde was created by decree-law 53/2006 of 20 November 2006 by merging of three colleges:[3][4]

  • ISE (Instituto Superior de Educação, High Institute of Education) in Palmarejo, Praia, created under the decree-law 54/95 of October 2, 1995
  • ISECMAR (Instituto Superior de Engenharias e Ciências do Mar, High Institute of Engineering and Marine Sciences) in Mindelo, created under the decree-law 40/96, of October 21, 1996
  • INAG (Instituto Nacional de Administração e Gestão, National Administration and Management Institute), in Praia, created under the resolution of 24/98 of October 21, 1998

In 2007, a fourth school officially joined the others: INIDA (Instituto Nacionai de Investigação e Desenvolvimento Agrário) in São Jorge dos Órgãos.[3] Under the law-decree no. 29/2008 on October 9, ISE, ISECMAR and INAG were eliminated.[3]

In the first years of its existence the school received help from King Henry VIII in teacher training and the exchange of administrative experiences.[3] In 2014, both the university and the Camões Institute of Lisbon, Portugal created Eugénio Tavares Chair of the Portuguese language in order to boost research of teaching of Portuguese in Cape Verde.[5] In January 2014, the rector of the university was elected for the first time. Out of three candidates, Dr Judite do Nascimento won.[3] She was re-elected in March 2018.[6]

Faculties and schools[edit]

The University of Cape Verde has the following faculties and schools:

  • Faculty of Science and Technology (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais, Humanas e Arte)
  • Faculty of Engineering and Maritime Sciences (Faculdade de Engenharia e Ciências do Mar)
  • School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Escola de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais)
  • School of Business and Governance (Escola de Negócios e Governação)
  • Faculty of Education and Sports (Faculdade de Educação e do Desporto)

The Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT) was created from ISE and INEDA, and is based in Praia.[4]:151 It offers the following licentiate courses:[7]

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrotechnical Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Geography and Spatial Planning
  • Geology
  • Information and Computer Engineering
  • Mathematics (Education and Applied Mathematics)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Multimedia and Communications Technology
  • Nursing
  • Statistics and Information Management

The Faculty of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (FCSHA) was created from ISE, and is based in Praia and Mindelo.[4]:152 It offers the following licentiate courses:[8]

  • Cape Verdean and Portuguese Language, Literature and Culture
  • Communication Sciences and Journalism
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Education Sciences
  • English Language, Literature and Culture
  • French Language, Literature and Culture
  • History (Education, Museology, Libraries and Archives)
  • International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Physical Education and Sports
  • Political Philosophy and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

The Faculty of Engineering and Maritime Sciences (FECM) was created from ISECMAR, and is based in Mindelo.[4]:151 It offers the following licentiate courses:[9]

  • Biological Sciences (Health, Environment and Education)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrotechnical Engineering
  • Information Engineering and Telecommunication
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nautical Sciences - Piloting
  • Nursing

The School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (ECAA) was created from INIDA, and is based in São Jorge and Praia.[10] It offers the following licentiate courses:[11]

  • Socio-Environmental Agronomy
  • Socio-Environmental Agronomy (semi-presence regime)

The School of Business and Governance (ENG) was created from INAG, and is based in Praia and Mindelo.[12] It offers the following licentiate courses:[13]

  • Business and Organizational Sciences
  • Commercial Management and Marketing
  • Economy
  • Hotel Management
  • Public Relations and Executive Secretariat

The Faculty of Education and Sports (FaAED) is based in Praia, Mindelo and Assomada.[14] It offers the following licentiate courses:[15]

  • Basic Education, focus on Art Education
  • Basic Education, focus on Earth and Life Sciences
  • Basic Education, focus on Mathematics
  • Basic Education, focus on Portuguese Language and Cape Verdean Studies
  • History and Geography
  • Natural Sciences


Name Term
António Leão de Aguiar Correia e Silva[16] November 22, 2006 - June 15, 2011
Paulino Lima Fortes[17] June 15, 2011 - February 24, 2014
Judite da Encarnação Medina do Nascimento[3][6] since February 24, 2014

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mário Lúcio, singer and Minister of Culture, in 1982
  • Georgina Mello, in 2004, she later became the director general of CPLP, the Lusophony countries.

Notable professors[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Facts and Numbers" (in Portuguese). University of Cape Verde. 20 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Obras do novo Campus da Uni-CV decorrem em "bom ritmo, com segurança e qualidade", garantiu ministra". Inforpress. 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Historial - Universidade de Cabo Verde
  4. ^ a b c d Varela, Bartholomeu (2013). A evolução do ensino superior público em Cabo Verde: da criação do Curso de Formação de Professores do Ensino Secundário à instalação da Universidade Pública (PDF) (in Portuguese). Praia: Uni-CV Publications.
  5. ^ "Inauguração da Cátedra Eugénio Tavares de lingua portuguesa" (in Portuguese). Camões Institute.
  6. ^ a b "Reitora reeleita da Uni-CV promete "elevar a qualidade" do ensino superior público em Cabo Verde". Inforpress. 27 March 2018.
  7. ^ FCT cursos
  8. ^ FCSHA cursos
  9. ^ FECM cursos
  10. ^ ECAA apresentação
  11. ^ ECAA cursos
  12. ^ ENG contactos
  13. ^ ENG cursos
  14. ^ FaED contactos
  15. ^ FaED cursos
  16. ^ "Reitor da Uni-CV toma posse hoje" [Rector of Uni-CV Established Today]. A Semana (in Portuguese). 22 November 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Debaixo de polémica, novo reitor da UniCV é empossado" [Polemical Debate, New Rector was Imposed] (in Portuguese). RTC - Rádio Televisão de Cabo Verde. 2015.
  18. ^ "Associação cabo-verdiana de Lisboa: João Lopes Filho apresenta livro "Percursos & Destinos"»". SAPO CV (in Portuguese). 22 December 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2017.

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