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Our history is a happy encounter between tradition and forefront, but the roots of the Polytechnic of Porto date back to a distant past.

In 1852, the Porto Industrial School, later called the Porto Commercial and Industrial Institute, is established. In 1918, the Industrial Institute and the Commercial Institute separate formally. Their names, as we know them today, are created only 60 years later. In 1975, the Porto Industrial Institute changes its name to Porto School of Engineering and is integrated in the university education system. In 1976, the same happens with the Commercial Institute: it changes its name to Porto Accounting and Business School and is also integrated in the university education system.

In 1985, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto is established, integrating the newly-created Porto School of Education and Porto School of Music. The latter changed its name in 1994 to School of Music and the Performing Arts, so as to integrate other forms of art, besides music. 

In 1988, both the Accounting and Business School   and the School of Engineering are integrated in the polytechnic subsystem.

Two years later, in 1990, the School of Management and Industrial Studies is created with two buildings, one in Póvoa de Varzim and one in Vila do Conde. It is only in 2001 that this school unites under a new single building, located between the municipalities of Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim.

In 1999, the School of Management and Technology  is established in Felgueiras and, in 2004, the School of Healthcare Technology of Porto is integrated.

In 2016, as a consequence of the strategic reposition of the institution, ESEIG is extinguished and campus 2 now hosts the Superior School of Media Arts and Design and the School of Hospitality and Tourism.

These are the eight schools spread across three campi where thousands of people study, research, teach and innovate daily.

Today, we pride ourselves on the high standards of our teaching, the quality of our learning and training infrastructure, scientific research and sports, on our partnerships, protocols and cooperation, in Portugal and globally, on the dynamics of our cultural agenda.

Today, more than ever, our eyes are set on the future, but we never forget the past that makes of the Polytechnic of Porto one of the reference institutions of higher education in Portugal. And the best is yet to come.

Today, we are P.PORTO