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Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

Polytechnic of Porto - School of Engineering
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
ISEP logo
Motto Saber fazer ("Know-how")
Established 1852
Type Public university
Academic staff
~520 (2014)
Students ~6,600 (2014)
Location Porto, Portugal
Colors Grey & Crimson
Mascot Crimson Fox

Polytechnic of Porto - School of Engineering (ISEP) is a public polytechnic higher learning and research engineering institute, located in the city of Porto, Portugal. ISEP is divided in 8 departments, with an emphasis on applied science and technology.

ISEP was founded by the minister Fontes Pereira de Melo in 1852 as Escola Industrial do Porto (Porto School of Industry) to support the industrialization of Portugal, and some time later upgraded to Instituto Industrial do Porto (Porto Institute of Industry). Since 1989, was grouped with other schools in the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. Its motto is Saber Fazer — "Know-how".

Today, ISEP is one of the biggest and best known engineering schools in Portugal, with well over 6000 students and 500 faculty members. It has research facilities for real-time systems, artificial intelligence, knowledge based systems, and decision support systems, some of them internationally recognized as leading R&D centers (e.g. GECAD, CISTER, LSA)[1][2] as accredited by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Departments 3
  • Studies 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7
    • General 7.1
    • Departments 7.2
    • R&D 7.3


The institution has had several names and different roles since its foundation in 1852:[3]

  • 1852 The Escola Industrial do Porto (School of Industry) is founded by the minister Fontes Pereira de Melo, during the reign of King Pedro V of Portugal.
  • 1864 The school was transformed into an Institute, as Instituto Industrial do Porto (Institute of Industry), and was integrated into the new Industrial sector on the frame of the Instituto Industrial de Lisboa established in Lisbon.
  • 1905 It was allowed to provide higher education (ensino superior).
  • 1918 The institute was reorganized and transformed again into a non-higher education technical institute of intermediate education (ensino médio) by the minister Azevedo Neves reforms. It started coferring the titles of engenheiro auxiliar (auxiliary engineer) by law Lei 1 638 de 23 de Julho de 1924 in 1924, and agente técnico de engenharia (technical agent of engineering) from 1926 onwards.
  • 1975 After the Carnation Revolution of 1974, the institute was upgraded to higher education status and started to award 4-year bacharelato degrees conferring the title of technical engineer (engenheiro técnico). Integrated into the university sector and renamed ISEP - Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (Superior Institute of Engineering), it conferred technical engineering degrees while the universities awarded 5-year engineering degrees.
  • 1989 By force of law Decreto-Lei n.º 389/88, de 25 de Outubro (1988), ISEP was integrated into the newly created polytechnic sector and made part of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. It started to award exclusively 3-year bacharelato degrees conferring the title of technical engineer (engenheiro técnico) and CESE (Curso de Estudos Superiores Especializados) courses conferring the DESE (Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados) diploma, a complementary diploma to the bacharelato degree.
  • 1998 ISEP started to award licenciatura bietápica degrees (3-year bacharelato plus 2 extra years conferring the licenciatura, equivalent to the licenciatura (licentiate) degree which until then had been awarded only by the universities).
  • 2004 ISEP seen its first engineering licenciatura courses accredited by the Ordem dos Engenheiros, the Portuguese engineering association. The first accredited courses were in chemical engineering and electronic engineering. Beyond the public universities, only Lisbon (ISEL) and Porto (ISEP) state-run polytechnic engineering institutions had accredited courses in the Ordem dos Engenheiros in 2006.
  • 2007 Like the other Portuguese polytechnic institutions, on the frame of the Bologna process, ISEP was allowed to start awarding independent masters' degrees as a second cycle of study after the initial 3-year first cycle which grant a licenciatura. Previously, since 2002, it only awarded master's degrees in some fields with the support of Instituto Superior Técnico a university engineering institution from Lisbon.
  • 2014 ISEP becomes the Higher Education Institution in Portugal with the most number of study plans certified by EUR-ACE standards.


ISEP's campus spans approximately 50,000 square meters in Pólo Universitário, near São João Hospital. Dormitories and some of student life facilities are located outside the campus, but almost all classes are held on campus. ISEP campus was initially located in the central Porto and moved to current one in the 1960s.


ISEP is divided into different schools within its campus:


Following the Bologna Process, higher education study plans are divided into 1st cycle BSc (3 years), 2nd cycle MSc (2 years).



(*) EUR-ACE certification completed, (**)EUR-ACE certification ongoing.

See also


  1. ^ (Portuguese) Grupo de Investigação em Engenharia do Conhecimento e Apoio à Decisão/ISEP
  2. ^ (Portuguese)]
  3. ^ (Portuguese) , Author: Luís Alberto Marques Alves, Professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of PortoInstituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto - Identidade de uma escola com raízes oitocentistas, in Sísifo - Revista de Ciências da Educação (University of Lisbon)

External links


  • ISEP
  • Student Portal
  • AEISEP - Student association


  • DEC Portal
  • DEE Portal
  • DEI Portal
  • DEM Portal
  • DEQ Portal
  • DFI Portal
  • DEA Portal


  • CISTER - Research Centre in Real-Time Computing Systems
  • GECAD - Knowledge Engineering and Decision Support Group
  • Laboratório Sistemas Autónomos (LSA) - Autonomous Systems Laboratory
  • GILT - Graphics, Interaction and Learning Technologies Group
  • LEMA - Laboratório de Engenharia Matemática - Mathematical Engineering Lab
  • GICEC - Grupo de Investigação e Consultoria em Engenharia Civil
  • GRAQ - Grupo de Reação e Análises Químicas
  • CIDEM - Centro de Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Engenharia Mecânica
  • CIETI - Centro de Inovação em Engenharia e Tecnologia Industrial Center of Innovation in Engineering and Industrial Technology
  • BioMark, Sensor Research
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