The Polytechnic of Porto (IPP) is a public higher education institution created in 1985. With over 18500 students, IPP is the largest Polytechnic of Portugal. IPP stands out mainly for its ability to instruct young people with the knowledge necessary for the working market, able to contribute to economic development with a high sense of social responsibility. This institution stands out for its interdisciplinary with 7 Schools that cover a wide spectrum of scientific knowledge. The school of Engineering (ISEP) of Porto Polytechnic is a public school of Higher education with its roots in 1852.

In a campus with about 6500 students enrolled in our 11 BSc and 11 MSc degrees in different fields of engineering, ISEP stands for a social responsible institution, compromised with excellence
in the training of high professional, scientific and technical competent citizens. By promoting an educational approach designed to use logic of applied knowledge, which favours “hands on” approaches and an entrepreneurial mind-set, ISEP’s degrees are all career oriented and enabling graduates to become able to face today’s professional challenges. ISEP houses 10 R&D units, being some of them worldwide leaders in their field of knowledge. To strengthen the exchange of knowledge we also created five consultancy units that place human, scientific and technical expertise in the hands of entrepreneurs, engineers and CEOs.
IPP/ISEP provides students an excellent learning environment, full and part-time degrees, evening classes, a highly qualified teaching staff and strong cooperation with European HEIs. At the end of the first cycle programme, ISEP’s students leave school with professional competencies, being able to operate as actors of innovation.

 

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Activities and experience of the partner organisation in the areas relevant for this project:

Employability is a key aspect addressed by the institution in general and by ISEP, the School of Engineering of IPP, in particular. ISEP.

The official national employment statistics of graduates show a high level of employment of our students which is a sign of the value to market of our graduates.

PRAXIS (www.praxisnetwork.eu) is the European market for curricular projects and internships in higher education, a central place where students can find project/internships matching their concrete needs. Praxis is the main outcome of the Praxis Network – European Centre for Project/internship Excellence, an Erasmus project co-funded by the EU and coordinated by ISEP.
Praxis is an open and free web platform that is online since June 2014. Six months after being launched Praxis had over 250 registered providers actively submitting project/internship offers on a regular basis. With an average over 1000 searches a day Praxis is being used by students from 150 countries all over the world.