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The Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA) was founded in August 1973, being the youngest of Lisbon’s three state Universities. Integrated within a framework of expansion and diversification of higher education, the University adopted a new model within the Portuguese system that stressed interdisciplinary approaches, technological developments while, at the same time, safeguarding offerings in traditional academic domains including law, medicine, sciences and humanities.

One of Nova’s strategic options for 2012-16 was the creation a Doctoral School. with the purpose of promoting quality, interdisciplinarity and the internationalization of the doctoral programmes of the University.
The established main operational goals for NOVA Doctoral School were:

  • To provide additional training to PhD students and supervisors, enhancing their personal and professional development;
  • To organize common academic and scientific activities with the purpose of avoiding the compartmentalization of scientific areas, creating an open space for discussion and creativity;
  • To share best practices, either within NOVA’s doctoral programmes or through partnerships with other Higher Education Institutions;
  • To forth rationalization and sharing of resources by creating synergies that will benefit all doctoral programmes of NOVA;
  • To contribute to attract the best students to our PhD programmes (in Portugal and abroad, including students from the Portuguese speaking countries);
  • To create mechanisms of collaboration with enterprises and the society in general.

NOVA Doctoral School launched in January 2013 and will be offering six curricular units to all NOVA PhD students: The Research Skills Development Course (as a result of a partnership established between NOVA and The Imperial College, London); Information Literacy; Science Communication; Intellectual Property and Research Ethics.
The training of academic and non-academic staff both in specific and in common programmes is one of the goals of NOVA Doctoral School.

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Elsa Caetano

is an Instructional Designer at NOVA Doctoral School. She has a bachelor degree in Science Communication from FCSH/NOVA and is, currently, taking a master degree in Cinema Studies at ULHT.
After a degree in Nursing, she worked in Mental Care institutions where she developed communication and storytelling skills related to personal narrative and stigma.
She worked as a Researcher at CITI (Interactive Technology Research Center at FCSH/NOVA). Besides writing, she developed audiovisual contents (video, animation) to e-learning web2.0 platforms, websites, interactive books and webtv.
After participating in ESSEMBLE (MEDIA Program) as a student, she was invited to work with International Projects at the Cinema and Multimedia Department of ULHT; mainly in ESSEMBLE program (in partnership with Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel and ifs - internationale filmschule köln) and in the implementation of the first edition of DOCNOMADS Erasmus Mundus Master Course (in partnership with Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel and SZFE - University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest).

Joana Marques

is Assistant Professor on Research Methodologies at the Institute of Education and since 2012 member of the staff of  NOVA Doctoral School. She is currently working as a researcher in the area of pedagogical training of higher education teachers in a context of curricular reform.

Catarina Silva Pinto

is a member of NOVA’s Teaching Quality Office, giving technical support to the Teaching Quality Assurance System and being a member of NOVA’s Teaching Quality Council in attendance. She is also a member of NOVA’s Doctoral School support team.
She holds a degree in Industrial Production Engineering from Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.
She started her career as a management consultant working in various projects in Portugal and United Kingdom, having later specialized in quality management systems and implementation of the Portuguese standards NP.EN ISO 9001. She worked for several years as quality manager in a services company, being responsible for the implementation and management of the quality system and renewal of the quality certification according with NP EN ISO 9001.

Patricia Rosado Pinto

is Head of the Medical Education Department at Faculdade de Ciências Médicas (Faculty of Medical Sciences - FMS) of NOVA University, Lisboa, Portugal. She is an invited Professor in the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes of FMS where she teaches academic skills. After her Master in Education from the University of Caen, France, she received her PhD in Education (Teachers’ Training) from Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
She has been running Higher Education teacher training courses for the last twelve years and presently coordinates the Professional Development Unit at Nova’s Teaching Quality Office where she has been responsible for organizing and delivering transversal pedagogical courses dedicated to NOVA’s academic staff and for producing pedagogical documentation to support the teaching activity at the University. She is a member of NOVA’S Teaching Quality Committee. She is the Vice Director of NOVA’s Doctoral School.
She has been involved in several national and international Continuing Medical Education programmes and in educational consultancy activities (both in Europe and in Portuguese Speaking Countries — Brazil, Angola, Cabo Verde). Her fields of expertise and publication are Medical Education and Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. (teacher pedagogical competencies; problem-based learning; concept maps).

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