Instituto Superior Técnico was created in 1911 following the division of Lisbon Industrial and Commercial Institute. The first director was engineer Alfredo Bensaude, who promoted a profound renewal in engineering teaching methods by creating the first engineer courses: Mining, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical-Industrial.
Instituto Superior Técnico offers a wide range of academic programmes (1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles), attempting to respond to market changes and investing in continuous training.
Técnico has increased its innovation capacity over the past years, namely through the development of new technologies that will bring added value and generate economic development.
In this context, postgraduate training appears as an experimental field on technological innovation and scientific research. Técnico has had a prominent role in this area, standing out from other higher education institutions.
Research at IST is organised in 23 Centres and Institutes that pursue challenging research programmes with a strong social impact in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology.
These Centres and Institutes address a multidisciplinary research in an international and multicultural atmosphere.
The placement of graduate students in the labour market is one of the priorities at Técnico. Students and recruiters have at their disposal several programmes and activities that improve job matching, internships and summer jobs, among others.
Técnico has created the Técnico’s Students’ Career Discovery Program aiming to provide its graduates the best options within their professional area and provide companies the opportunity to know suitable high-potential employees.
Several initiatives have been implemented within Career Discovery@Técnico, such as the IST Career Weeks, the AEIST Jobshop and the IST Summer Internships. Companies can manage and disclose job offers through the IST Job Bank.
The Student Support Unit (NAPE) promotes the integration of students at IST. This team works with the students and supports all kind of activities that contribute to an effective involvement of the academic community, as well as promoting IST among secondary school students.
The main activities of NAPE covers mainly two specific areas:
Técnico Lisboa seeks to provide all foreign students spending a period of studies at our college with assistance in finding accommodation. Further to students’ requests the Student Support Unit decided to make a list of residences that rent rooms. Therefore, by means of this list, students may establish direct contact with several accommodation offers and therefore select the opportunities that suit them most.
The Central Library, located in the Central Pavilion of the Alameda Campus, is in the stage of requalification of its space, and all its documentary collection has been transferred to the Library of the Interdisciplinary Complex.
The Computer and network services Division (DSI) manages and coordinates Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the various campuses of IST. DSI is responsible for Information Technology (IT) resources, the network infrastructure and as well as the IST’s central information systems, of which we enhance the FenixEdu™ academic application system.
Health Services at Técnico were initially created for the purpose of providing better life and working conditions to all IST community. Currently, these services play a major role in providing health care also to the local population.
Located in one of Lisbon’s most central areas, Alameda campus is surrounded by a wide range of public transportation network, allowing easy access to all points of the city.
Located in Oeiras, this modern campus was inaugurated in 2000, and it’s part of Taguspark – Science and Technology Park, one of the most important technological parks across the country, namely in the area of information and communication technologies..
Located in Loures, CTN – Tecnológico e Nuclear Campus is one of the most important technology parks across the country, namely in areas related to nuclear sciences, as well as in the field of radiological protection and nuclear safety.
Técnico promotes academic spirit through a set of extracurricular activities in a multicultural atmosphere, fostering interaction among students, faculty, researchers and staff.