Polytechnic Institute of Porto

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Polytechnic Institute of Porto
Instituto Politécnico do Porto
Other names
Porto Polytechnic
Established 1985 (1985)
Academic staff
Students 15,000
Location Porto, Portugal
Website www.ipp.pt

The Instituto Politécnico do Porto (Polytechnic Institute of Porto), also referred to as Politécnico do Porto (Porto Polytechnic) and P.PORTO (since 2016, for naming and branding purposes), is a higher learning Portuguese institution composed of diverse polytechnic schools based in Porto. The Porto Polytechnic developed as a metropolitan institution with schools in Porto, Matosinhos, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde and Felgueiras.

Porto Polytechnic was created in Porto in 1985 and its objective was to relaunch the polytechnic studies in Portugal. The Polytechnic started with two schools: the School of Education and the School of Music. In 1988, the ISCAP (Institute of Accountancy and Administration) and one year later the ISEP (Institute of Engineering), two schools founded in the 19th century were integrated. Today, it is the largest polytechnic institute of Portugal,[1] with seven schools and 15,729[2] students enrolled for the 2007-2008 school-year.

The Porto Polytechnic is organized as a confederation of polytechnic schools. In the school year of 2003/2004 the Polytechnic had 15,000 students, a third of them in its major college, the ISEP. It also had about 1000 teachers. 7000 students competed to enter in that year and 2000 entered.

P.PORTO rank fourth among first-choice higher education institutions, and fifth in number of students.


In 1852, the Porto Industrial School, later called the Porto Commercial and Industrial Institute, is established. In 1918, the Industrial Institute and the Commercial Institute separate formally. Their names, as we know them today, are created only 60 years later. In 1975, the Porto Industrial Institute changes its name to Porto School of Engineering and is integrated in the university education system. In 1976, the same happens with the Commercial Institute: it changes its name to Porto Accounting and Business School and is also integrated in the university education system. In 1985, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto is established, integrating the newly-created Porto School of Education and Porto School of Music. The latter changed its name in 1994 to School of Music and the Performing Arts, so as to integrate other forms of art, besides music. In 1988, both the Accounting and Business School and the School of Engineering are integrated in the polytechnic subsystem. Two years later, in 1990, the School of Management and Industrial Studies is created with two buildings, one in Póvoa de Varzim and one in Vila do Conde. It is only in 2001 that this school unites under a new single building, located between the municipalities of Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim. In 1999, the School of Management and Technology is established in Felgueiras and, in 2004, the School of Healthcare Technology of Porto is integrated. These are the eight schools spread across three campuses, where thousands of people study, research, teach and innovate daily.


Porto Campus 1 is located in Asprela in the far north of the city and in downtown Porto. In Asprela, 60 thousand people work, investigate and study daily, in a network of universities, research centres and innovative companies. In this campus, technology is paramount: engineering, entrepreneurship and health care sciences host cooperation and joint innovation with national and international interface institutes. This is where the School of Engineering, the Porto Accounting and Business School and Porto School of Education can be found, as well as various infrastructure, libraries, auditoriums, museums, sports facilities, countless research centres and the Presidency of the institution.In 2016 it became the location of the School of Health. The School of Music and the Performing Arts, along with Helena Sá e Costa Theatre, and Francisco Beja Concert Café are located downtown, in the bustling city centre, close to preferential public and cultural agents. Campus 2, between the municipalities of Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde, it was the location of the School of Management and Industrial Studies. In 2016 ESEIG was transformed in School of Hospitality and Tourism and another school was created in the same campus: The School of Media Arts and Design. In its modern and innovative facilities, this campus hosts laboratories, show-cooking kitchens, 3 lecture theatres and one auditorium for research groups and one large library. Tâmega and Sousa is home to Campus 3, where the School of Management and Technology can be found. This School is the hub of strong synergies created by the coming together of the educational offer and local businesses, which are varied and mainly industrial. Campus 3 wants to act as a catalyst for the development of the Regions of the Valley of Rivers Sousa and Lower Tâmega, and to contribute to the region's social well-being, by providing higher education, research and services to the community.



P.PORTO is a collective and cohesive identity, committed to the plurality of its educational offer, which aims at training independent citizens. P.PORTO Schools are the physical space where our mission is accomplished and where our values are reasserted. The Schools constitute the dynamic axis of an open, challenging and multicultural community and turn a complex of modern labs and equipment into living entities. The Schools are the link between the three Campuses, 30 research centres, more than 18,000 students, 68 undergraduate degrees and 60 masters' degrees. At P.PORTO one can study engineering at one of the oldest and most respected institutions in the country, develop creative and artistic thinking in Porto's downtown, live and study in a 5-star hotel overlooking the River Douro, enjoy the contemporary facilities of the refurbished Póvoa de Varzim/Vila do Conde Campus and the variety of equipment available at the Sports Centre. These possibilities are put together with the most modern facilities and infrastructures, cutting-edge equipment and an excellent learning environment, entirely appropriate to the job market needs.

  • ISEP - Porto School of Engineering
  • ISCAP - Porto Accounting and Business School
  • ESE - School of Education
  • ESMAE - School of Music and Performing Arts
  • ESTG - School of Management and Technology
  • ESS - School of Health
  • ESMAD - School of Media Arts and Design
  • ESHT - School of Hospitality and Tourism

Extension Units[edit]

The two P.PORTO's Extension Units embody a relevant aspect of the institution's mission: the articulation between education and research and the dynamic interaction with the community and the business fabric. As training, innovation and application laboratories, P.PORTO's Extension Units encourage a transversal, strategic approach to solving the problems and meeting the demands of the most competitive markets.

  • Porto Design Factory: A meeting point of P.PORTO Community, the PDF is a diversified workplace of multidisciplinary cooperation, coexisting a Formula Student car, 3D printers and socially-driven start-ups. Taught for over 40 years, ME310 is a renowned post-graduation in Product Innovation at Stanford University, one of the best education institutions worldwide.
  • e-Learning and Teaching Innovation: The e-Learning and Teaching Innovation Unit at Polytechnic of Porto aims to contribute to the development and implementation of new forms of teaching / learning / training in P.PORTO community and its area of influence. An innovative, dynamic and focused attitude on the training needs throughout life, and a learning process in permanent harmony with the advances of science and communication technology, enhance/encourage/promote the extensions of spaces and teaching times/learning/training through a network of knowledge sharing.

Research Centres[edit]

P.PORTO has 24 scientific research groups in its eight Schools. These groups have participated in countless national and international R&D projects and have been recognised for the quality of their scientific production, namely in qualitative indicators for scientific literature. The research units are recognised by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), and are characterised by sound competitiveness and excellence, and firmly linked in the national and international research networks. Four independent R&D units recognised by FCT stand out: CIDEM, CIETI, CISTER and GECAD, as well as several groups integrated in Associated Labs (GRAQ at REQUIMTE; CROB and CISTER at INESC-TEC, where P.PORTO has a 10% stake) and other research units that are formally part of a campus or P.PORTO's group (BIOMARK, which participates in CINTESIS, CEI, which participates in IELT, CIPEM, which participates in INET-md and the IPP campus at CESEM). P.PORTO also has an Excellence Centre for Medical Equipment (NORTEXCEL), which is recognised by the European Union. Undergoing national and international projects are proof of a tight relationship with business companies, organisations and society at large.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IPP Self- Evaluation Report. (October 2006). European University Association Programme. p.12
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 

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