The Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (Coimbra Institute of Engineering) (ISEC), integrated in the Polytechnic of Coimbra since 1988, originated in the Secção Industrial do Instituto Industrial e Comercial de Coimbra, counting more than 90 years serving technology and engineering education. It is a long-running experience School as regards technology and engineering training and a reference as an excellency institution in engineering education.

ISEC is constantly up to date with technical, scientific and educational progress, leaving its mark in the present and projecting into the future. Attentive to innovation and market needs and to the articulation with the entrepreneurial fabric, it has recently invested in modernising labs and equipment, as well as in the construction of a Data Centre + Disaster Recovery, and a High-performance Computational Centre.

The tradition of practical teaching associated with engineering, as well as the strong connection with the industrial and entrepreneurial fabric, are ISEC’s trademark. The balance between theory and practical training of the institution’s programmes is reflected on the high levels of its graduates’ employability. The last public report of the Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional (Employment and Professional Training Institute) ranks the Computer Science Engineering programme of this Institute in first place in terms of employability, at a national level amongst all other existing Computer Science Engineering programmes, while the remaining programmes in ISEC are ranked at the top 5 and top 10 of the same index.