Instituto Superior Técnico

Instituto Superior Técnico aims to contribute to the development of society, promoting and sharing excellence in higher education in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology. Técnico offers Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes, lifelong training and develops Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activities, which are essential to provide an education based on the top international standards.

Facts and figures

  • Instituto Superior Técnico was founded on 23rd May 1911 by Alfredo Bensaúde
  • 42 % of students get a job before graduation
  • 85,7% of graduates get a job within six months after graduation
  • Técnico has approximately 11.589 students enrolled
  • 2.174 scientific publications in ISI Web of Science
  • 49 Spin-off companies created at Técnico since 2009
  • Técnico has 3 campuses (Alameda, Taguspark and CTN)
  • Técnico provides accommodation in 3 student residences
  • 24,79 % of international students attend a Doctoral degree.

A School for the World

The 1st centenary of Técnico, in 2011, marked a historic milestone in a School that keeps its traditions and values, projecting them into a global and highly skilled world. Innovation, Knowledge and Technology are Técnico’s guiding principles, which promote excellence and fit the requirements of a knowledge-based society.

Técnico is part of Universidade de Lisboa, the largest and the most competitive university in Portugal, and is recognised as a prestigious school at national and international level, namely in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology. It comprises Portugal’s most prestigious Laboratories and RD&I centres.

Técnico offers a wide variety of courses to study, both at the undergraduate and graduate level and it is actively involved in several international mobility programmes. IST has significantly contributed to create cutting-edge science and technology, which is the main goal of the school.

Instituto Superior Técnico was created in 1911 following the division of Lisbon Industrial and Commercial Institute. The first director was engineer Alfredo Bensaúde, who promoted a profound renewal in engineering teaching methods by creating the first engineer courses: Mining, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical-Industrial.
From 1927 to 1932, engineer Duarte Pacheco is named director and Instituto Superior Técnico becomes part of Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.

Twelve study centres are established in Portugal between 1952 and 1972, and three of them are based at Técnico, in the fields of Chemistry, Geology and Mineralogy, and Electronics.

These centres provide training and scientific qualification for Técnico faculty, namely through doctoral degrees carried out in universities and research centres abroad.

In 1970 the minimum period of study for the BSc degree decreased from 6 to 5 years, which lead to a significant increase of students enrolled at Técnico. Scientific research also shows a major increase through the creation of Interdisciplinary Complex building that gathers different autonomous research units.

In the 90’s new engineering courses are created at IST, and new Master and PhD degrees are established.

Técnico inaugurates a new campus in Oeiras, located at Taguspark, a science and technology park, aiming to explore and develop synergies between school and industry.

In 2006-2007 academic year, the courses definitely adjust to Bologna Process, aiming to make Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010.

Today Técnico offers more than 20 joint Master programmes (Dual Degree) and participates in joint PhD programmes with MIT, CMU, UT-Austin and EPFL.

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