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About Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra

Welcome to Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC). This folder shall provide you with a global view of IPC to help you to get to know us better. We are a public institute of higher education, which is composed of six schools (Coimbra College of Agriculture, Coimbra College of Education, Oliveira do Hospital College of Technology and Management, Coimbra College of Health Technology, Coimbra Institute of Accounting and Administration and Coimbra Institute of Engineering), Social Welfare Services (SAS) and the Central Administration (SC). As one may deduce from the names of our schools, the Institute has to offer a large variety of studies, which also include cross-border education in partnership with other European institutions of higher education, for both bachelor’s and master degree levels. We participate in a number of international mobility programmes and we value cooperation projects with European countries and Portuguese-speaking countries. Academic social welfare is particularly important for us in terms of scholarships, meals and accommodation. For this purpose the SAS seek to provide to each student personalised support, although focusing in particular on the most disadvantaged students in order to provide them with the financial means to carry out their studies. The Institute possesses halls of residence and canteens located in different parts of the city so as to provide the suitable services to our student population, which is scattered like our schools. We also have to offer the whole community of the IPC a medical clinic with several medical specialties of conventional and complementary medicine, a cardio fitness and weight training gym, a sporting ground, as well as other sporting facilities which we hold in partnership with other entities. Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra cultivates several partnerships, either with institutions of higher education or with other entities in education, research, service provision or sports and culture, with whom we share synergies and points in common. We wish to provide to our students not only a place where they may receive higher education, but also an environment favouring complete intellectual development, consolidating civic education in a broad sense, in order to deliver to our country and world citizens who will work towards a sustainable future, a future of progress, a tomorrow filled with hope.