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Polytechnic Institute of Porto

The Polytechnic Institute of Porto (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, Felgueiras and Vila Nova de Gaia.

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.

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.


Schools of Porto Polytechnic Institute founding Notes
School of Engineering (ISEP) 1852 During the 19th century, ISEP was known as Porto School of Industry and for most of the 20th century as Porto Institute of Industry. Current naming dates from 1975. Admission to IPP in 1989.
School of Accounting and Administration (ISCAP) 1886 Started as a branch of Porto Institute of Industry. In 1918, it became an independent school. Current naming is from 1975. Admission to IPP in 1988.
School of Allied Health Sciences (ESTSP) 1980 Admission to IPP in 2004.
School of Education (ESE) 1985 Founded as part of the IPP.
School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE) 1985 Founded as part of the IPP. Formerly known as School of Music.
School of Management and Industrial Studies (ESEIG) 1990 Founded as part of the IPP and functions as a campus. Until 2001, ESEIG was divided in two campus: Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde.
School of Management and Technology (ESTGF) 1999 Founded as part of the IPP and functions as a campus in Felgueiras.

Other institutions

Porto Polytechnic venues founding Notes
Technological Development Institute (IDT) 1991 Research and Development institute in ISEP campus.
Café-Concerto 1999 Part of ESMAE
Helena Sá e Costa Theatre 2000 Theatre with concerts and plays from ESMAE student's mostly
Central Library of the Polytechnic 2000 Central library in IPP/ESEP campus. Functions in grid with schools' libraries and has important archives namely the historical archive of ISEP and the 19th century Escola Normal do Porto (inherited by ESE).
Parada Leitão Museum 2001 The Polytechnic museum features technical and scientific developments made during the 150 years of ISEP existence, mostly from the 19th century. It also includes an historical library.
Polytechnic Sports Complex 2002

See also


  1. ^ IPP Self- Evaluation Report. (October 2006). European University Association Programme. p.12
  2. ^

External links

  • Politécnico do Porto

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