The Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) is a public institution of Higher Education, founded in 1983, which mission is to deliver a quality higher education, to promote Research and Technological Development, particularly in cooperation with the (within the) business community, and to contribute to the development of the Country and the Region, by providing technical, technological and scientific competences to the society in general. The strategy of the institution in medium/long term is based in three main pillars, taking into account its mission, objectives and vision:

– Deep commitment to linking with companies and the society in general in order to promote the national and regional development;

– Strengthening its scientific and technological networks, both at international and national levels;

– Strengthening the institution scientific capacity and quality of the developed actions in the various activity fields.

IPB develops an important Scientific Research and Technological Development activity, featuring three research units integrated in the network of the FCT research centres: CIMO – Mountain Research Centre; LSRE – IPB pole of the Laboratory of Separation Processes and Reaction; and CIDESD – Sport, Health, and Human Development Research Centre. Additionally, UNIAG – Management Applied Research Unit, is also installed at IPB.

The importance of these activities is demonstrated by the sixth place in the ranking of open access repositories and the presence in the Top 10 of Portuguese institutions with most frequently cited articles; in the scientific performance ranking developed by SCImago Research Group, IPB is considered as the higher education institution with the higher “normalised impact”, the best “excellence with leadership”, and the best “technological impact”, occupying the seventh position among its congeners worldwide. Moreover, according to the international ranking U-Multirank, IPB is positioned in 2018, for the fifth consecutive year, in seventh place at national level and as the first Polytechnic Institute in Portugal.