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University of Lisbon

City of Lisbon

Lisbon is simultaneously the biggest city and the capital of Portugal and sits at the point where the river Tagus feeds into Atlantic. The legend says that the beautiful city of Lisbon was founded by the mythic hero Ulysses. Recent discoveries near the castle and the Cathedral of Lisbon lead us to belief that this city was founded by the Phoenicians 1200 BC and it was named Alis Ubbo, that means "pleasant cove" in Phoenician.

The monuments and archaeological discoveries evidence the millenary influence of different civilizations and cultures. In its early years there were the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians. In 205 BC, the Romans began their two-century reign in Lisbon, and it became the most important city in the western Iberian region, renamed Felicitas Julia by the man of the moment, Julius Caesar. In 714, the Moors arrived to peninsula and resisted against Christian attacks for 400 years. When the Christians finally recaptured the city, it took one more century to repel all the Moors from the peninsula.

During the Portuguese discoveries Lisbon became a strong economic place where everyday people from all parts of the world arrived and left. Today Lisbon is a modern and cosmopolite city turned to the future where many cultures and races live together in harmony.

The University of Lisbon (Universidad de Lisboa) is a leading public university in Lisbon, Portugal, and is composed of eight faculties. This university has its origins in the first Portuguese university school that was founded in 1288 by King Dinis in Lisbon and was called Studium Generale (General Studies). In the following 247 years, this first university school was moved several times between Lisbon and Coimbra.

It was only in the 19th century that the higher education reappeared definitively in the capital: Medical and Surgical School of Lisbon (1836), Pharmacy School (1836), Polytechnic School (1837) and the Higher Course of Letters (1859). These four schools were united in the Universidade de Lisboa, by the University Constitution on 19 April 1911, changing their denominations to those that everyone knows today. Later, more changes in these faculties happened and more research and education institutions were enclosed.

Institute of Education develops its activities aiming to contribute to the excellence of education in Portugal, through initial teacher education and in-service teacher education, as well other graduate studies in education. Articulating the research dimension with the teaching dimension, this department is interested in the promotion of knowledge and personal and social competences of student teachers and teachers.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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