Universidade Técnica de Lisboa / Instituto Superior Técnico
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, is Portugal’s largest and most reputed school of engineering, science, and technology. IST’s mission is to contribute to the development of society by promoting a higher education of outstanding quality at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and by carrying out research and development activities in accordance with the highest international standards. Its mission reflects the three activities that define the concept of a modern university: Education, Research & Development, and Links with Society.
Some Campus History
The origins of IST go back to second half of the nineteenth century, when the Industrial and Commercial Institute of Lisbon was established to train industrial engineers. IST became one of the Technical University of Lisbon’s four schools in 1930. Between 1952 and 1972, the Commission for Nuclear Energy Studies (Comissão de Estudos de Energia Nuclear) contributed to the development of the Institute, which lead to the establishment of 12 study centers and 14 laboratories. Initially, there were five engineering programs taught at IST: Mining, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Chemical-Industrial. As IST grew, it became the interface between the university sector and the industrial sector, developing industrially-oriented vocational training and research activities.
Instituto Superior Técnico Today
Today, IST offers its 9,000 students 21 undergraduate programs covering a wide range of disciplines. These disciplines include not only traditional engineering but also other more modern specializations such as Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Physics Engineering. IST also offers its 1,500 postgraduate students 26 doctoral degrees, made possible by highly qualified faculty and an efficient organization of services.
Students at IST are active in many of the academic organizations, including the European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management (ESTIEM) and the Information and Communication Networks Engineering Students Group of IST (NEERCI-IST). Non-academic activities include sports, such as football, water polo, table tennis, and hockey, plus enjoying Lisbon’s lively social scene.
Partnership with Carnegie Mellon
Together with Carnegie Mellon University, IST offers dual-degree doctoral programs in five disciplines: Electrical and Computer Engineering (with Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Universidade de Lisboa, and the Universidade de Aveiro); Engineering and Public Policy (with Carnegie Mellon's Department of Engineering and Public Policy); Language Technology (with Carnegie Mellon's Language Technologies Institute); Mathematics (with Carnegie Mellon's Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Department of Mathematics at the Facultade de Ciências at the Universidade de Lisboa, and the Facultade de Ciências e Tecnologia at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa); and Technological Change and Entrepreneurship (with Carnegie Mellon's SETChange Program, the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, the Heinz School, the Tepper School, and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa).