The IPB has an internationalization programme with widely recognized success, including the annual mobility flow of 900 students and 300 teaching and non-teaching staff members, as a result of the cooperation with several European and non-European HEIs (www.ipb.pt/iro). Taking into account its dimension (7000 students and 400 teachers), these results place IPB in the first line of the international mobility. Considering the latest governmental data (RAIDES, January 2016), 25% of IPB graduates have had an international mobility experience during their study programme, which remarkably places IPB above the objective established by the EU for 2020 (20%).
IPB also distinguishes itself as partner in 19 European projects (including 10 recent Strategic Partnerships and other 9 former Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Tempus and Erasmus-Mundus programmes), and as the Portuguese HEI with the largest number of Intensive Programmes (between 2007 and 2014, 14 IPs as coordinator and 16 as partner institution, in a total of 59 editions). IPB takes part of the Erasmus+ “NOW Portugal Consortium – Internships for Employability”, representing the entire Portuguese North Region and enhancing the employability of graduates (www.nowportugal.pt).
The IPB is one of the few Portuguese HEIs awarded with both the ECTS and the DS Labels, thus assuring the quality and the transparency of the students and staff mobility management and the fair academic and professional recognition of its qualifications (www.ipb.pt/ectsguide and www.ipb.pt/sd).
Outside EU, IPB has a proven track history, involving the cooperation with the Portuguese-speaking countries, Eastern Europe, South Mediterranean, Russian Federation and Central Asia, China and Latin America. The IPB offers bachelors and master programmes fully lectured in English (www.ipb.pt/admissions). This offer is being used to attract international students from all over the World and to promote double diploma projects with EU and non-EU HEIs. This is an outstanding positioning within the Portuguese HE system. Nowadays the IPB is a multicultural institution, where 20% of its students are international students (1400 non-Portuguese out of the 7000 IPB students).
The double diploma programmes also benefit from the IPB’s performance in research, as it is being recognized by the SCImago Institutions Rankings and the U-Multirank. Both international rankings consider the IPB the best Portuguese University of Applied Sciences.