Nova University Lisbon invests €1 million to support students and create campuses in Évora and Algarve

  • ECO News
  • 6 July 2021

The institution wants to reinforce the Social Action Fund to support students. Partnership with Évora and Algarve universities will bring new bachelor's and master's degrees.

Nova University Lisbon will support students with financial difficulties, through the Social Action Fund, whose goal is to reinforce it by €1 million in the future, says the rector of the institution in an interview with the Diário de Notícias. He also revealed that a partnership has been set up with Évora and Algarve universities to create a campus with new bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The Social Action Fund was reinforced by €200,000, but Nova University wants to “quickly reach €1 million”. The purpose is to prevent students from dropping out due to lack of financial conditions, as the scholarships awarded by the Directorate-General of Higher Education (DGES) are insufficient, says João Sàágua. “We want to go further. We want to create scholarships that compensate, for example, at the level of master’s degrees,” notes the rector, also stressing that “the tuition fees reduction” does not solve the problem of these students.

Besides, Nova has also signed a partnership with the universities of Évora and Algarve to create a campus in the Southern region of the country. This consortium “will bring a new teaching offer”, such as “ bachelors and masters degrees in which students will spend one year in the Algarve, one year in Évora and one year in Lisbon,” in student residences.