The Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH) is the oldest sports and physical education faculty in Portugal. It became part of the Technical University of Lisbon in 1975. It is the fruit of its long history, marked by successive reformulations of its objectives and by its adaptation to society’s needs, as these were interpreted by the institutions that preceded it – the National Institute of Physical Education (INEF) from 1940 to 1975 and the Higher Institute of Physical Education (ISEF) up to 1989.
Originally an institution that focused on physical education in schools, with a strong emphasis on pedagogy, the Faculty is nowadays open to a wider range of study areas of interest to different sectors of society – the education system, sports, health, industry, and the arts – with which it cooperates in a lively and fruitful way.
The main goal of FMH is human development through movement, by means of the study of the body and its manifestations in the interaction between biological processes and sociocultural values.
Establishing selected cooperative relationships and seeking strategic partners is one of the main distinguishing features of the diversity and quality of the cooperation protocols and relationships that FMH has forged over the years. The Faculty is proud of its partnerships with universities and public and private entities, through which it develops positive, reciprocal relationships in the scientific field and in the training of teaching staff, both of which have a positive impact on the quality of education it provides for its students.
FMH has traditional premises of considerable historic value as well as modern units well equipped for the successful training of students and for research. FMH laboratories house various research projects, which require dynamic participation from postgraduate students and have strong links to the surrounding community.