Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

Instituto Superior Técnico was founded in 1911 and is the largest and one of the most reputed schools of engineering in Portugal with a long tradition in education and excellence in research, innovation and dissemination activities. The mission of IST reflects the three activities that define the XXI Century University: Advanced training, R&D and a close link to society. IST is especially committed to generate knowledge, as well as to deliver highly qualified professionals in the areas of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Technology to the public and private sectors, strengthening the National and European development effort. Today IST has two conveniently located campuses (Alameda in Lisbon and Taguspark in Oeiras) where 8500 undergraduate and over 1500 graduate students attend the undergraduate, postgraduate and lifelong learning programmes offered in numerous areas of study. Currently, Faculty members include over 700 Professors (PhD) with a wide range of specialization fields. Interdisciplinary scientific activities are developed in about 30 different research units, many of them of international excellence.


University of Minho (UM)

The University of Minho (UM) is a Public Univ. founded in 1974. In Oct. 2008, UM enrolment had 10000 undergrad. stud. and 6000 postgrad. stud. Teaching and non-teaching staff are 1,100 and 600, respectively. The percentage of teaching staff holding a doctoral degree is 80%. UM is project-oriented and adopted a flexible, matrix organisation. This organisational structure is unique among Portuguese universities, optimises resources and provides flexibility in project development, drawing from competences gathered in resource units (Schools). The Eur. Univ. Ass. considered UM a case study of good practices at the European level, as may be seen on the EUA report available at the WEB page of UM. UM is a research Univ., engaged in the valorisation of the chain of knowledge as is evidenced by a series of indicators. The ratio between PhD stud. and PhD teaching staff is over 1; the fraction of postgraduate stud. in the total stud. population is over 20%; 80% of the teaching staff hold a PhD; the ratio between research projects and PhDs is over 0.5; around 150 PhD theses are awarded every year; the average yearly production of refereed papers published in international journals is 2/full time equivalent/year; and 250 R&D contracts are signed every year with external companies. Amongst the 29 UM Research Units reckoned by FCT 19 were considered in 2009 to be Very Good or Excellent by Int. Evaluation Panels, placing UM on the top of the Portuguese universities ranking.


Instituto Camões (IC)

Instituto Camões is the Foreign Office Institution that cares for the education and the difusion of the language and portuguese culture. This institution was created in 1992 for and has administrative and patrimonial autonomy, that, under the supervision of the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, assures the co-ordination and execution of the external cultural policies of Portugal. The Institute's Portuguese cultural centres (Centros culturais portugueses) are centres whose aim is the promotion of cultural relations between Portugal and other countries, including those with which Portugal has strong historical and cultural ties, and where Portuguese is already widely spoken.


Instituto de Investigação Científica e Tropical (IICT/MNE)

The Tropical Research Institute (IICT) is a government agency that promotes tropical knowledge by pursuing interdisciplinary research of relevance to countries in tropical regions. It has a special mandate for the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), to develop research for development in human and natural sciences. In 1983, IICT became a state laboratory under the supervision of the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education. Through the output of over 60 researchers, and more than 150 Full Time Equivalents in R&D, it seeks to increase the scientific and technical capacity of developing countries and also to ensure the preservation and access of its documentation collections. The Institute, in coordination with universities, contributed to 49 projects in 2007, at Pos-doc, PhD and MSc levels. The Overseas Historical Archive (AHU) is one of the IICT mandatory centres and service open to the public. The AHU is particularly connected to the Preservation and Access Activity Centre (K) and with Humanities. It holds 16 Km of records, dating from mid 17th century to 1974-1975, produced as the result of the activity of the Portuguese overseas governmental bodies. These records are complemented by more than 31,000 volumes. The AHU role regarding Tropical Knowledge mainly concerns preservation and access to records and publications. It also concerns collecting and disseminating information and knowledge on related records held by other institutions.


Architectural Heritage Information System (SIPA)

SIPA stands for Architectural Heritage Information System, an architectural, urban and cultural landscape heritage information and documentation program launched in the early 1990s by the former Directorate General for National Buildings and Monuments (DGEMN / Ministry of Public Works) and currently run by the Institute for Housing and Urban Renewal (IHRU / Ministry of Environment ). SIPA’s work is based on the premise that documenting architecture (broadest sense), as well as architectural activities and agents, and keeping the resulting records preserved over time and available for public access constitutes a crucial contribution to the understanding, enhancement and appropriation of that complex and multidimensional cultural legacy by communities and individuals, as well as to supporting its management and protection. SIPA has been created and developed aiming to provide informational and documentary support to land use management, urban planning and cultural heritage policy making and assessment processes. Furthermore, it aims to promote the creation and conservation of and access to accurate information and authentic records on architectural, urban and landscape heritage. Such information and documentation raise the collective and individual awareness of the quality of the built environment and the importance of safeguarding this heritage, bearing in mind its possible social values—functional, economic, artistic, cultural, scientific and technological, historical, documentary, symbolic and in forming identities. Most importantly, SIPA aims at promoting scientific and technical research in the various scientific domains that cross this sector of activity, and at encouraging the use of these contents as an educational and recreational resource. SIPA provides a set of specialized and interrelated information and documentation resources on Portuguese architectural, urban planning and cultural landscape heritage. Its resources include, among others, the architectural heritage inventory and the archival holdings.