Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave

The Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA) is a Portuguese public institution of tertiary education, located in Barcelos, Portugal. IPCA was founded in 1994 with the objective of offering an optional source of higher education to the population from the district of Braga. The creation of a polytechnic institution of higher education is considered the answer to the local economic and social needs. Thus, being its educational model focused on practice, IPCA aims to instruct professionals with adequate qualifications for the labor market. Its success is evidenced by a high employment rate of its students and a high number of applications for IPCA courses.