General description of the InstituteThe Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) is a higher education public institution with a defined mission in creating, transmitting and diffusing technical-scientific and professional knowledge through the articulation of study, teaching, applied research and experimental development. IPB belongs to the European Network for Universities of Applied Sciences (UASNET), which main objectives include the transferability of professional skills and the integration of applied research in their professional and technological education mission.
Founded in 1983, IPB is divided into five schools:
School of Agriculture (Escola Superior Agrária, ESA);
School of Public Management, Communication and Tourism (Escola Superior de Comunicação, Administração e Turismo, EsACT);
School of Education (Escola Superior de Educação, ESE);
School of Health (Escola Superior de Saúde, ESSa);
School of Technology and Management (Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão, ESTiG).
Its activity embraces a wide area of knowledge and technology, namely arts, communication and multimedia, business sciences and law, education and teachers training, agriculture sciences and natural resources, health and civil protection, tourism, sports and leisure, and technologies.
In accordance to the current reform of the European higher education system, the present objectives of IPB are to contribute to the increase of higher education frequency, to motivate lifelong learning, to improve the quality and relevance of its academic offer, to promote the mobility of students and graduates and to contribute to a better international cooperation in Europe and with the Portuguese-speaking countries.
The IPB has consolidated its dimension to 8,000 students and has achieved the adequacy to the Bologna process through the offer of around a hundred courses and degrees, namely higher professional technological courses, bachelors and masters programmes.
Nowadays, over 80 per cent of the IPB’s teaching staff holds a PhD degree. The IPB is part of the national system of science and technology, through the existence of R&D units and poles at the IPB. In several areas, the IPB presents indicators of impact and excellence of its scientific publications and applied research: according to the SCImago ranking, the IPB is the Portuguese higher education institution with the greatest normalized impact and the best excellence rate.
The internationalization of the IPB is one of its current strategic challenges, due to the awareness that this will be a positive factor for differentiation among higher education institutions. The last decade has confirmed the IPB as one of the institutions which most extensively promoted academic mobility in Portugal: over 7,000 students and 2,000 teaching and non-teaching staff mobility have transformed the image of the institution. The results obtained have positioned the institution at a level of prominence both nationally and internationally. The IPB integrates the Top 100 of higher education institutions with the greatest number of incoming teachers and the Top 500 of institutions with the highest rate of incoming and outgoing students on Erasmus mobility.
The experience gained in the European mobility project has catalysed the non-European cooperation, with special emphasis on the Portuguese-speaking countries and regions. The IPB has established an academic network with Brazilian Federal Institutes and Universities, as well as with the Macao Polytechnic Institute, representing an annual mobility of nearly a hundred students and the teaching and research cooperation. The presence of a community of students from African Portuguese-speaking countries is also a reality in the institution as a result of the Institute’s involvement in the creation and development of higher education in Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe. This will decisively contribute to the qualification of human and academic resources. The cooperation with Macao has allowed the establishment of protocols with Chinese Universities, involving the Portuguese and Chinese teaching and the creation of the Centre for Chinese Language and Culture in Bragança. The IPB has also distinguished itself by offering courses in Portuguese language and culture to foreign students.
Nowadays the IPB is a multicultural institution with 30% of international students. IPB offers to all of its Portuguese and international students a unique opportunity to study and live in a young and innovative academic atmosphere.
Name and addressInstituto Politécnico de Bragança
Campus de Santa Apolónia
Telephone: (+351) 273 303 200
Fax: (+351) 273 325 405
Web page: www.ipb.pt
Orlando Isidoro Afonso Rodrigues
Luis Manuel Santos Pais
Albano Agostinho Gomes Alves
Anabela Rodrigues Lourenco Martins
Dina da Conceicao Jeronimo Rodrigues Macias
Isabel Cristina Fernandes Rodrigues Ferreira
Luis Carlos Magalhaes Pires
Vera Ferro Lebres
Maria Augusta Pereira Mata
ELisabete Vicente Viegas Morgadinho Madeira Camelo
Administrator of the Student Social Services
ELisabete Vicente Viegas Morgadinho Madeira Camelo
ECTS co-ordinatorLuis Manuel Santos Pais
Academic calendarAcademic Year 2018/2019:
1st Semester: from 17/09/2018 to 16/02/2019
2nd Semester: from 18/02/2019 to 13/07/2019
Holidays: from 24/12/2018 to 05/01/2019 (Christmas) and from 15/04 to 22/04/2019 (Easter)
Academic Year 2019/2020:
1st Semester: from 16/09/2019 to 15/02/2020
2nd Semester: from 17/02/2020 to 12/07/2020
Holidays: from 23/12/2019 to 04/01/2020 (Christmas) and from 06/04 to 13/04/2020 (Easter)
Each semester corresponds to 30 ECTS, and lasts 20 weeks, including the evaluation period.
General admission requirementsThe access requirements for the 1st cycle of studies of Higher Education appear in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (www.naricportugal.pt/NARIC).
IPB offers several types of degrees and they comprise technological professional courses (CTESP), bachelor degrees (1st cycle of studies) and master degrees (2nd cycle of studies). Application to CTESP and masters programmes is made directly at the institution. Application to bachelor degrees can be made through the National Competition Procedure, organized by the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES, www.dges.mctes.pt), and aims at students that completed secondary studies in Portugal and had approval in the final exams. Students from foreign education system who are not, and have never been, enrolled in a Higher Education Institution, can also apply for the National Admission Procedure, provided they fulfill all the entry requirements. Alternatively, international students can apply directly, through an institutional admission procedure. Besides this competition there are alternative procedures to apply for a first cycle degree, such as the course transfer for students who are, or have been, enrolled at a foreign higher education institution.
General registration proceduresRegistration and enrolment procedures in the IPB degrees are carried out annually. This procedure can be done either online or at the Academic Services front desk, in agreement with all the regulations and calendars in force. For further information, please check the IPB’s Academic Services webpage on www.ipb.pt/sa.
ECTS credit allocationThe European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) comprises the adoption of a series of tools which enhances transparency and establishes the necessary conditions for an approach between higher education institutions and, as such, enlarges the range of options for students. The use of this system improves comparability, mobility and full recognition of students’ academic results.
The Polytechnic Institute of Bragança makes use of the ECTS as well as of the principles of the Bologna declaration in all of its programmes and also in the implementation of mobility among higher education institutions intra- and extra-EU. You can check this information in this Guide under the option “The ECTS at IPB”. There you can find information on the crediting system, the grading and qualification system, the tools used for students while studying abroad and the diploma supplement.
Specific academic guidance can also be obtained from the directive board of each school as well as from the programme director (please check the contacts under the options “schools” and “degrees” of this Guide).