Created in 1979, IPS is a public institution of higher education seeking, permanently and in association with its social partners, to contribute to the development of society, in general, and of the Setúbal region, in particular, through tertiary training activities, research and services provision, contributing to the creation, development, dissemination and transfer of knowledge, as well as the promotion of science and culture.
With more than 6000 students and employing more then 900 teaching and non-teaching staff, IPS assumes as primordial the training of professionals with high technical and scientific expertise, offering 32 bachelor degrees and 21 master degrees, besides post-secondary training (CTeSP) and post-graduation diplomas.
IPS comprises 5 Schools in the areas of Education, Technology, Business & Administration and Health, that are distributes in two campi (in Setúbal and Barreiro). The institution has well-equipped laboratories, documentation centres, audio-visual equipment and computer facilities, which are available to its students and academic and non-academic staff.
IPS integrates research and development, as well as knowledge and technology transfer as an indispensable part of its action, not only as a support to its training activities, but also as a way of interaction and commitment with its community, providing consulting, research and auditing services. In this scope, IPS has created an innovation, R&D and entrepreneurship support office (UAIIDE) that fully assists researchers, entrepreneurs, students and the regional community in their activities and projects.
Also, the institution has the strategic goal to be an open and international community, being strongly committed with establishment of international partnerships and alliances. At this level, the institution
has an international office (CIMOB-IPS) which provides support to mobility and international cooperation. There are several bilateral agreements established not only with European higher education institutions, but also with South American and Asian organizations, that have been allowing a fruitful exchange of students and staff. In what refers to project cooperation, IPS is presently involved in several European projects, namely under Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programs.