- Porto Polytechnic Institute
The Porto Polytechnic Institute (Instituto Politécnico do Porto), also referred to as Porto Polytechnic (Politécnico do Porto) 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, Felgueirasand Vila Nova de Gaia.
Porto Polytechnic was created in
Portoin 1985and its objective was to relaunch the polytechnicstudies 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 [IPP Self- Evaluation Report. (October 2006). European University Association Programme. p.12] , with seven schools and 15,000 students.
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.
The polytechnic is officially known as "Instituto Politécnico do Porto" (IPP) or "Polytechnic Institute of Porto", but it decided to drop the "institute" name from the brand in order "to reinforce the institutional reference and to be easily known" said Vitor Santos, the president of the Polytechnic and former director of ISEP.
List of colleges and universities in Portugal
* [http://www.ipp.pt/ Politécnico do Porto]
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