The Polytechnic of Porto (IPP) is a public higher education institution created in 1985. With over 18500 students, IPP is the largest Polytechnic in Portugal. IPP stands out mainly for its ability to instruct young people with the knowledge required to rapidly enter the working market, able to contribute to the economic development of the country with a high sense of social responsibility. This institution is recognized for its interdisciplinarity, with 8 Schools that cover a wide spectrum of scientific knowledge, including social and scientific areas and performative arts, and its capacity for innovation, with a unit – e- IPP – dedicated exclusively to the promotion of e-learning and innovative pedagogical methods.
The School of Engineering (ISEP), responsible for the participation of the Polytechnic of Porto in this project, is a public school of Higher Education with its roots in 1852. ISEP is IPP’s largest school and one of the biggest and best Portuguese national engineering schools. With around 6500 students enrolled in its 11 BSc and 11 MSc degrees in different fields of engineering, of which 6 BSc and 6 MSc are certified with the EUR-ACE quality label, 500 academic staff, 8 departments, and 10 recognised research groups, some with very strong international links, like CISTER and GECAD, which are part of existing European Networks of Excellence, ISEP stands for a socially responsible institution, compromised with excellence in the training of high professionally, scientifically and technically competent citizens. By promoting an applied, “hands on”, educational approach, which favors an entrepreneurial attitude, ISEP’s degrees are all career oriented, enabling graduates to face today’s professional challenges and rapidly contribute to the development of the companies they are employed in. To promote the exchange of knowledge ISEP has five consultancy units that place human, scientific and technical expertise in the hands of entrepreneurs, engineers, and CEOs.