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The Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS) is one of the four institutions to integrate the new Polytechnic Higher Education Platform in the north of Lisbon, which provides more than 35 courses in eight municipalities, covering a universe of approximately 900 students.
Launched on Wednesday, 14th, by the ministers of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, and of Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa, the platform will cover the municipalities of Amadora, Arruda dos Vinhos, Loures, Mafra, Odivelas, Sintra, Torres Vedras and Vila Franca de Xira e aims to reinforce the offer of polytechnic higher education in these territories as of the next academic year.
In addition to the IPS, the training offer will also be provided by the polytechnics of Leiria, Santarém, and Tomar, with support from European funds from the Regional Operational Programs Centro, Lisbon and Alentejo and the Recovery and Resilience Plan, and the collaboration of several companies and schools professionals based in the covered municipalities.
Formalized through a protocol, the new higher education network is oriented towards offering proximity to short higher education courses, such as professional higher technical courses (CTeSP) and postgraduate courses, in the areas of information technology, communication and electronics, chemistry, conservation, and restoration, tourism and sport.
In the case of the IPS, approximately 100 students will be covered, with an offer of CTeSP in the areas of Logistics, Audiovisual Production, Technologies and Programming of Information Systems and Chemical and Biological Laboratory Technologies, courses that will be taught at the Professional Transport Institute (Loures), Gustave Eiffel Professional School (Amadora) and Forte da Casa Group of Schools (Vila Franca de Xira).
“IPS participates in this platform to address a market failure in the northern region of Lisbon, in close coordination with local authorities, companies and other organizations and secondary and professional schools, allowing for greater inclusion and higher levels of qualification and talent for the territories”, considers its president, Pedro Dominguinhos.
It should be remembered that the CTeSP are two-year courses (not conferring an academic degree), which allow, in addition to the development of skills linked to the territories, the continuation of studies for degrees, lifelong training and immediate access to the market of work.