Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI)

Pedro Dinis Gaspar | dinis@ubi.pt

UBI is currently a public higher education institution of national and international reference, at the levels of teaching, research and development, innovation and entrepreneurship.

With a constant bet on a solid training in the most different knowledge, UBI has a diversified offer of courses from the 1st cycle (undergraduate degrees) to the 3rd cycle (doctorate) distributed over five faculties: Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Letters and Faculty of Health Sciences.

UBI has focused mainly on the establishment of a culture of evaluation as a crucial element for the promotion of quality; in the adoption of scientific and pedagogical merit as the main criterion for the dignification of teaching and research careers; in the promotion of interdisciplinarity and interinstitutional cooperation as a tool for value creation; and, in ensuring access to higher education and lifelong learning.

UBI assumes as its mission the promotion of a high level qualification and the production, transmission, criticism and dissemination of knowledge, culture, science and technology through study, teaching and research.

Universidade de Évora (UÉvora)

Miguel Elias | elias@uevora.pt

The University of Évora was the second university to be founded in Portugal. After the founding of the University of Coimbra in 1537, the need was felt for another university to serve the south of the country. The solemn inauguration took place on November 1st, 1559. Even today, on this day, the anniversary of the University is celebrated with the solemn opening ceremony of the academic year. In 1973, by law of the then Minister of Education, José Veiga Simão, the University Institute of Évora was created, which would be extinguished in 1979, to give way to the new University of Évora. Today, the University of Evora is installed in a wide spectrum of knowledge, in which it offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; but also informal courses aimed at recycling knowledge and ensuring lifelong learning for the working and retired population. Having undergone international evaluation, the University of Evora is now an integral part of the European Network of Higher Education and Science, and its diplomas are recognized and validated. Through the Alentejo Science and Technology Park, the University of Évora seeks to be a partner of the companies based here, encouraging them to innovate products and methods and improve their competitiveness. With the arts, humanities, sciences and technologies, the University of Évora continues the journey from the past into the future.

Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra (IPC)

João Gândara | jfg@esac.pt

The Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC) was created in 1979, in the context of the implementation of polytechnic education in Portugal. Despite its recent history, the IPC inherited the tradition and experience of important schools, which became part of it and contribute to its position as one of the most important institutions of public higher education in Portugal. The organic teaching units which integrate IPC are: the Coimbra Higher School of Agriculture; the Coimbra Higher School of Education; the Oliveira do Hospital Higher School of Technology and Management; the Coimbra Higher School of Health Technology; the Coimbra Institute of Accounting and Administration. Currently, the IPC has about 10,000 students, 616 teachers and 375 non-teaching staff.

Universidade da Guarda (IPG)

Teresa Paiva | tpaiva@ipg.pt

The IPG, through its five organic units, four Higher Schools, Education, Communication and Sports (ESECD), Technology and Management (ESTG), Health (ESS) and Tourism and Hospitality (ESTH) and research unit, Research Unit for the Development of the Interior (UDI), has been defined as a center of knowledge and innovation that seeks quality and rigor of training. A practice of continuous improvement has been a permanent concern of this Institute, which seeks to ensure the quality of training and services provided, as well as the satisfaction of the academic community and the proper functioning of the entire institution. It also develops activities in the fields of research, transfer and valorization of scientific and technological knowledge, provision of services to the community, support to development and cooperation in areas of educational, cultural and technical extension. Thus, the IPG plays a decisive role in the qualification of human resources, in several areas of knowledge, in its sphere of competence, as well as in the economic, social, scientific and cultural development of the Guarda region. In this context, the IPG intends to be recognized as an essential entity for regional development, in which the professionals trained in the institution are distinguished by their professional competence, their sense of solidarity, their ability to responsibly serve society and with ethical performance at work, generating knowledge and a cultural presence that contributes to the solution of regional problems in a global context. The IPG has been projecting a growing articulation with similar international institutions, enabling the mobility of teachers and students, as well as sharing skills and knowledge in training and projects to develop in the main areas of action of the Institution.

Politécnico de Leiria (PLeiria)

Maria Manuel Gil | maria.m.gil@ipleiria.pt

The Polytechnic of Leiria is a higher education institution dedicated to education and research, which trains citizens with relevant skills to contribute to sustainable regional and national development, and generates knowledge and innovation of high cultural, economic and social value. Its activities are developed within the scope of education, training and research, providing various services to the community and extending its cooperation to the technical and cultural areas. It is present in the region of Leiria and Oeste through its five higher education schools and training center, located in the cities of Leiria (Escola Superior de Educação e Ciências Sociais, Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão and Escola Superior de Saúde), Caldas da Rainha (Escola Superior de Artes e Design), Peniche (Escola Superior de Turismo e Tecnologia do Mar) and Torres Vedras (training center). With a growing activity in research, the Polytechnic of Leiria has an ecosystem of research and innovation oriented to the economic and social fabric of the region where it is located. This R&D+i ecosystem includes, besides the Higher Schools, 15 research units, accredited by FCT, in different areas; 1 Centre for Sharing and Valorization of Knowledge, which supports the promotion of the technological offer and the existing knowledge at the Polytechnic of Leiria to companies and institutions, interacting with them in order to identify new areas of emerging knowledge; supports the activities of entrepreneurship promotion (support projects to academic entrepreneurship, creation of academic spin off’s, monitoring business plans, interaction with partner incubators) and supports the management of Industrial Property; 3 scientific infrastructures; business incubators, business associations and technology centers.

Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC)

Rita Pinheiro | ritapinheiro@estg.ipvc.pt

Created in 1980 by Decree-Law 303/80 of August 16th , the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo [IPVC] is located in Alto Minho, a territory where occupation and human activities are developed in a tradition of valorization of natural resources. The IPVC aims to pursue, through its six Schools, human, cultural, scientific, technical and professional quality education, to carry out the necessary and adequate research to the pursuit of its mission and to cooperate with the regional community, particularly in its productive and business fabric, in a perspective of permanent dialogue and reciprocal valorization. In the Alto Minho Higher Education network, the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo is the entity with the largest educational offer. In addition to the Professional Higher Technical Courses [CTeSP], it provides higher education courses, including Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Masters (several in cooperation with foreign and national universities). In January 2013, the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education [A3ES] certifies the QMS-IPVC for a period of six years, having been the first Polytechnic, nationally, to have “this recognition” by A3ES. One form of differentiation and consolidation of the IPVC is its constant concern for quality, both in training and infrastructures, rather than just growth. Besides the teaching/learning activities, which are its main objective, the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo also develops, through its Higher Schools, other actions in the fields of research and development, community service provision, establishment of national and international partnerships and other actions of cultural nature. Despite its still short existence, there are already numerous projects developed by this office, both national and international, many of which are coordinated by the IPVC. The new challenges resulting from globalization lead the IPVC to adapt to the reality and dynamics of new societies, in an area of increasing intercommunication and sophistication of markets.

Associação do Cluster Agro-Industrial do Centro (Inovcluster)

Susana Caio | geral@inovcluster.pt

InovCluster – Association of the Agroindustrial Cluster of the Centre, is based at the Agro Food Technological Support Centre in Castelo Branco and aims to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of local and regional production systems and to affirm the Central Region of Portugal nationally and internationally. For this, it establishes a platform for concertation between the main actors of this sector, and supports companies in processes of innovation, IDT, knowledge transfer, training, development of new products, services and processes, marketing and internationalization. To date, it has 178 members, including 143 companies, and entities such as: Associations/Cooperatives, Higher Education Institutions, R&D institutions linked to the agro-industrial and agro-food sector and several municipalities of the Central region. InovCluster has been supported by the Municipality of Castelo Branco. It is internationally recognized as a Cluster of Excellence since 2015, when it was awarded the Gold Label by ESCA.