The creation of the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV), on 26th December 1979, is clearly framed by the broader philosophy which supported the successful implementation of public polytechnic higher education in Portugal: the cooperation with the surrounding community, on a reciprocal basis, aimed at promoting
awareness of regional problems and the implementation of good solutions. The IPV strives to fulfil that ambition with the technical, humanistic and personal training of its students, in order to make them capable of contributing to the development of the Portuguese society; the development of research activities, having in mind the needs of the surrounding context; and cultural exchange and cooperation with other state/private institutions, at the national and international levels. The Institute comprises five schools: Education, Technology and
Management, Agriculture, Technology and Management (in the city of Lamego), and Health. The IPV mission is to train professionals with high technical-scientific knowledge and skills and promote innovation made possible by close contact between the training institutions and the regional scientific and technological community in the context of an increasingly globalised and international society.