Mission

The ISTA – ISCTE-IUL School of Technology and Architecture promotes the education of skilled professionals capable of responding to the grand challenges placed by the modern information society, and performing the practice of Architecture and Urbanism in an innovative way, in symbiosis between technology and culture.

This advanced training is backed by our expertise in the fields of Architecture and Urbanism, and Information sciences and technologies, and is achieved through a diversified set of teaching products that promotes the versatility and the capacity for renewal of our students.

ISTA has currently about 2000 students, divided between 15 B.Sc. (licenciatura) M.Sc. (mestrado), and Ph.D. (doutoramento) study cycles, with day-time and after-work (evening) schedules, and also offering several other post-grad courses. These courses were developed following the recommendations of the leading international professional associations of the relevant fields, such as the IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the ACM – Association for Computing Machinery, and also adopting the guidelines set by the European Commission directive on recognition of professional qualifications, originating in the Advisory Committee on Education and Training in the Field of Architecture. The quality of our teaching products is certified both at national and international levels by the A3ES (Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education in Portugal) and the ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).

The courses offered by ISTA have a strong connection to the associated public and private sector that results in a continuous update of our teaching curricula in response to market needs, and in several collaborations in teaching and research activities. This connection also contributes to an excellent employment rate of our students, which reaches 97% according to the latest statistics by the DGES – Portuguese Directorate-General for Higher Education. The quality of our students is also shown by the several prizes that they were awarded, both in fields of information technology (ANACOM, European Commission, etc.) and architecture (SECIL university, Larus / Jornal Arquitecturas, etc.).

The courses offered by ISTA rely on a highly qualified international teaching staff distributed over three departments, that includes over 100 professors, 82% of which with Ph.D. degrees. This teaching body is highly motivated and interdisciplinary, with strong connections to the business environment, and several participation and coordination activities in national and international research and development projects.

ISTA also develops high level research, performed not only at the 2 research centers hosted by the school, with high scientific production and competitive funding levels, but also in collaboration with several leading companies and research centers, both in Portugal and abroad. This leads to the inclusion in our teaching products of the most advanced technical and scientific developments, and the exposure of our students the best research and development practices.

The ISTA – ISCTE-IUL School of Technology and Architecture is a place of choice for the creation and dissemination of knowledge in these disciplines, betting on a differentiating relationship with the surrounding social and business environment, as is the trait of ISCTE-IUL. We invite you to enroll in one of our many high quality products, either to begin or complement your training in these fields, and in that sense, hope to contribute to your personal and professional fulfillment.

Ricardo Fonseca
School Director

 
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