Founded in Lisbon, on the 28th of June 1986, by the Cooperativa de Ensino Universidade Lusíada, crl, that was recently transformed by the Law-Decree n.º 117/2003, of 14th June into Fundação Minerva – Cultura – Ensino e Investigação Científica, the Universidade Lusíada soon expanded its activities to Porto and to Vila Nova de Famalicão and, later, to Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe.
Today, after 24 years of existence, the Universidades Lusíada are proud of their national and international dimension, of the achieved prestige and, mainly, of the contribution given to the country in university education to a significant part of its youth.
Around 27.000 graduates, nationally, got their superior education at the Universidades Lusíada and play, today, a fundamental role in several domains, contributing to the cultural, economic and social development of the country, fulfilling the noblest objectives of the University being, consequently, the most eloquent testimony that the Universidades Lusíada are of reference.
The confirmation of this reality has demanded from the Universidades Lusíadas a continuum effort to qualify its academic staff, to update its technical and technological equipments and to renew its pedagogical practices, with the objective of offering an education that responds to the principals of quality and scientific rigor.
Today, in a world confronted with grand transformations in the social and economic scope, the new society requires professionals with high cultural, scientific, technical and economic levels that only higher education can provide. The Universidades Lusíada, wanting to answer to those demands, as well as satisfy legitimate aspirations of personal accomplishment, could not defraud the expectations of those who come to the university. This way, for the Universidades Lusíada, training is not limited to the classroom because we believe that higher education can not be reduced to a technical training aimed at the development of a profession. This would be renouncing to education in itself.
Consequently, a university education should give answer to the specific human questions regarding the sense and meaning of existence and think about deep current themes, promoting, in students, a social conscience based on principals and values of human tradition, Portuguese history and culture, and instigate the search of truth, creativity, critical capacity and all other habits and attitudes that enrich Man.
The acquisition of an ethical and social conscience determines the behavior and the scientific and professional proceedings, being the base of the integral education project of the Universidades Lusíada. We work so that the members of our university community distinguish themselves by their human qualities and, at the same time, by their cultural preparation and high professional category. In the pursuit of this objective, the cultural activities play and important role in the enrichment of the academic life with seminars, conferences, debates, congresses, summer courses, etc., that allow the students to be updated, widen their horizons and complete the integral education we propose to offer. The students also cooperate in these activities through ideas and organization of initiatives, which converts into an enriching experience in all aspects. To prove it are several student groups dedicated to music and dance (song fest groups, dance and sing groups), to plastic arts, theatre, cinema, literature, etc.
Sports also have a special place in the academic life of the Universidades Lusíada. In our education project, physical and sports activities appear as an instrument for the development of personality and consolidation of the fundamental values of education. This way, we encourage our students to participate in sports activities. To compete and, mainly, to strengthen the group and individual values offered by the practice of sports.
With the objective of offering the best education to our students, the Universidades Lusíada established a series of protocols with several entities that offer the students, teachers and non academic staff, the opportunity of international exchange, such as the Erasmus and Socrates programs.