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Nova School of Business & Economics: The Nova Way of Life, future-proof Master’s programmes

Life in Lisbon is lovely. The city has a rich cultural heritage, splendid weather with 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, incredible food and wine, and 850 km of pristine beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean. As the sixth most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index 2022, this country is a safe haven defined by its hospitality, much of which eased by the wide use of English here.

For those looking for an additional reason to move to Portugal, this sunny destination is the location of Nova School of Business & Economics, which embraces the city’s unique features.

The school is building the “Nova Way of Life” in Carcavelos, Cascais. This vibrant, impactful, sustainable, and fun environment allows students to thrive and develop new solutions. “Our mission is to provide world-class education research and outreach in the fields of business economics and finance at an intersection and close connection with the corporate world” says Pedro Oliveira, dean at Nova SBE. “We believe that by nurturing critical thinking, ethical decision-making and entrepreneurship, our students can create a meaningful impact on society and the world”.

The school, holder of the prestigious triple crown accreditations by AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA, draws talent all over the world — 68% of its Master’s students are from abroad. They join in search of an education that placed the school 24th amongst Top European Business Schools according to the Financial Times rankings in 2022. The school’s Master’s programmes place among the top 15 worldwide (International Master’s in Finance at #11 and International Master’s in Management at #15).

The “Nova Way of Life” embraces the rich cultural heritage and lifestyle of Lisbon. Source: Nova School of Business & Economics

The “Nova Way of Life” embraces the rich cultural heritage and lifestyle of Lisbon.
Source: Nova School of Business & Economics

Oliveira is clear about the school’s aims. “We are committed to further enhancing the quality of our programmes by building new academic partnerships with leading international organisations and fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration,” he says. In addition, what makes Nova SBE’s graduate programmes different is that students may customise their education by combining mandatory courses with a wide range of electives. This way, their degree is curated to suit their professional goals.

There are eight unique Master’s programmes to choose from, which can also be combined with the CEMS MiM or a Double Degree for those who want an international career.

Catherine da Silveira, associate dean for international affairs & partnerships and academic director of the Nova SBE CEMS Master’s in International Management, notes that this global Master’s includes the insights of more than 70 multinational companies, NGOs and social organisations. “Those companies and organisations actively contribute to the programme through deep involvement in courses recruitment and also in projects,” she says. “At Nova SBE, the CEMS International Master’s in Management is a two-year programme. In year one, you will enrol and follow the curriculum of any of our eight Nova SBE master programmes. In year two, you will spend one semester at Nova SBE and one semester in one of the other 33 business schools of the Alliance, among the best worldwide in the five continents.”

Whichever programme they choose, students graduate with positive experiences, lauding the degree’s impact on their lives. “Nova SBE offered me a perfectly organised experience from the application process up until the thesis hand-in,” says Niclas, Master’s in Economics graduate. “This really differentiates Nova: you get answers from a responsible point of contact in hours vs days or weeks in other institutions. With that, Nova’s administration reminded me of a well-managed multinational company. Studying in one of the greatest campuses (especially if you like to be close to the sea) gives you a special feeling day to day.”

Armed with hands-on experiences, many graduates land fulfilling roles. For instance, in part of the work project developed in the third semester of the Master’s degree, students work on real company projects to expand their horizons and acquire additional competencies. The school’s close links with the corporate world translate to active career fairs held on campus twice a year, study trips, networking cocktails, business cases and more. There is even a dedicated Career Team to help students through counselling sessions, workshops, mentoring programmes, and providing online tools. As a result, 98% of students are working within six months of graduating.

Nova SBE ensures that students get real hands-on experiences that make them more employable. Source: Nova School of Business & Economics

Nova SBE ensures that students get real hands-on experiences that make them more employable. Source: Nova School of Business & Economics

Companies prefer Nova SBE graduates. “Nova SBE Master’s students are exposed to excellent and rigorous teaching combined with many different activities conducted jointly with companies which allows them to develop crucial skills for the professional world,” says Carlos Elavai, managing director and partner at BCG, Portugal. “BCG hires at Nova SBE, and students have continuously proved to be able to structure, analyse and solve complex problems as well as create empathy, work in a humble and collaborative way and are driven by intellectual curiosity.”

The upcoming intake has much to look forward to. “For us, it all begins on the first and second of September with the eighth edition of the Estoril Conferences now running annually and this year focused on the theme of humanising our world, the planet, the people, peace and policy,” says Oliveira. “At Nova SBE, we are fully committed to this cause, and we believe that together we can and should be a beacon for positive change in the world.”

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