Forward College has chosen Lisbon as its main European hub with the aim of offering and
boosting a new educational approach to its students so that they can develop
not only cognitive skills but also social, digital and emotional skills which
are all essential for the future of work. The Forward International Bachelor, a
three-year university programme, gives students the opportunity to study in
three European cities: Lisbon in the first year, Paris in the second and Berlin
in the third. Small classes, one-on-one tutoring and projects applied to real
life are part of the challenge that combines tradition with innovation.
was an obvious choice to go ahead with this project because it offers the ideal
context for our students: a dynamic and cultural experience in a city that is
accessible, safe, charismatic and has a quality of life. In addition, it combines
historical richness with characteristics that make it a hub of international
attraction," says Céline Boisson, co-founder of Forward College.
curricular year started in September 2021, in Lisbon, coinciding with the
campus's inauguration in the Portuguese capital. The institution received over
450 applications as a testimony to the relevance of the concept, but only 28
students were admitted for the first cohort. In 2022-2023, Forward College
continues to grow and has already tripled the number of students. In the
capital, students study in the historic city centre, with the option of staying
at the university residence in Benfica under the wing of Forward College.
educational model was developed under the academic direction of the London
School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King's College London, and
accredited by the University of London. It aims to be a response to the
increasingly greater demands of the labour market, bringing together in the
same curriculum the development of soft skills and digital skills. The courses
available cover areas of specialisation such as Economics, Politics,
International Relations, Data Science, Business and Management and Psychology.
experience tells us that there are several persistent challenges associated
with traditional universities: from the growing dissatisfaction of active
recruiters in the labour market to students not feeling prepared to face the
professional world. We believe it is important to cultivate students’ interest
and commitment to their academic pathways, which is why we invest in a more
holistic and ethical education with a real positive impact," says Boris
Walbaum, founder of Forward College.