University of Lisbon

The University of Lisbon (ULisboa; Portuguese: Universidade de Lisboa, pronounced [univɨɾsiˈðad(ɨ) dɨ liʒˈbo.ɐ]) is a public research university in Lisbon, and the largest university in Portugal. It was founded in 2013, from the merger of two previous public universities located in Lisbon, the former University of Lisbon (1911–2013) and the Technical University of Lisbon (1930–2013). The history of a university in Lisbon dates back to the 13th century.

University of Lisbon
Universidade de Lisboa
Latin: Universitas Olisiponensis
MottoAd Lucem (Latin)
Motto in English
To the light
TypePublic University
Established1290 (Lisbon General Study)

1911 (University of Lisbon) 1930 (Technical University of Lisbon)

2013 (merger of previous University of Lisbon with Technical University of Lisbon)
RectorAntónio da Cruz Serra
Academic staff
3,369 (2018)
Administrative staff
2,106 (2018)
Students47,794 (2018/2019)
Undergraduates35,063 (2018/2019)
Postgraduates12,731 (2018/2019)
Campusseveral locations, Lisbon metropolitan area
Colours         Black and white (University; rectory)


The first Portuguese university was established in Lisbon between 1288 and 1290, when Dinis I promulgated the letter Scientiae thesaurus mirabili, granting several privileges to the students of the studium generale in Lisbon, proving that it was already founded on that date. There was an active participation in this educational activity by the Portuguese Crown and its king, through its commitment of part of the subsidy of the same, as by the fixed incomes of the Church.

The current University of Lisbon is the result of the merger of two former public universities of Lisbon, the former University of Lisbon, founded in 1911 and the Technical University of Lisbon, founded in 1930. The merger process was initiated in 2011 and was made into law on December 31, 2012. As stated on the decree-law No. 266-E/2012, the new University of Lisbon began its legal existence on the day the newly elected rector took office, on July 25, 2013.



As of 2013, the University of Lisbon comprises eighteen schools and its research institutes:

It also comprises six specialized units, social and shared services, and the Lisbon University Stadium.

Notable students or professors


University rankings
ARWU World[1] 151-200 (2019)
Leiden World[2] 124 (2019)
THE World[3] 501–600 (2020)
USNWR World[4] 214 (2020)
QS World[5] 338 (2020)

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017, also known as Shanghai Ranking, the University of Lisbon is ranked first in Portugal and 151-200 (overall) in the world. In the broad subject field of Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences the university is ranked 51-75 worldwide, while in the disciplines of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science it is ranked 101-150, 151-200 and 151-200, respectively.[6]

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) 2017 the University of Lisbon is regarded as the largest university in Portugal and is ranked 401-500 (overall)[7], while in the QS World University Rankings 2018 it is ranked 305 (overall).[8]

See also


  1. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019 - University of Lisbon". ShanghaiRanking. Text "" ignored (help); Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019". Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  3. "World University Rankings 2019 - University of Lisbon". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  4. "Best Global Universities 2020 - University of Lisbon". U.S. News Education. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  5. "QS World University Rankings 2020 - University of Lisbon". QS Top Universities. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  6. "Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) 2016 - University of Lisbon". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  7. "Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017 - University of Lisbon". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  8. "QS World University Rankings® 2018 - University of Lisbon". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
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