Title Entity

Fundação Terras de Santa Maria da Feira

The Terras de Santa Maria da Feira Foundation is the holder of ISVOUGA.

This Foundation is composed of a founders council, a board of directors, an audit board and an executive board, and includes, in addition to the Santa Maria da Feira City Hall, academic personalities and a number of prestigious companies in the region.


ISVOUGA, through the undergraduate courses that it offers, in the areas of business sciences, communication sciences, legal sciences and technologies, proposes to create and reinforce competencies capable of boosting the economic and social development of the country and, in particular, the region of Between Douro and Vouga, where it belongs. Aware of the centrality that the process of lifelong learning assumes, ISVOUGA increasingly assumes itself as a pole of qualification for different audiences, namely through renewed offers of continuous training. The proposals for support and curriculum enrichment follow objectives defined based on the priority given to combating school failure and the promotion of versatile and differentiating curricula for students, thus corroborating and complementing, thus, the constant concern with integration and professional mobility of graduates. Research and the provision of relevant services to the community are other of its most determining tasks, guaranteeing innovation and social utility of all its activity.


An institution of higher education and reference training, fostering the acquisition of knowledge and skills that are fundamental to the needs of the labor market, at all times, responsible for the production of scientific and technological knowledge relevant to the development and modernization of the region. EDV, enhancing school qualifications, at the highest level, of economic, social and personal well-being.

Scientific, Cultural and Pedagogical Project

ISVOUGA consists of a higher education institution, particularly of a polytechnic nature which, through the range of courses it offers and the research it promotes, proposes to contribute significantly to the economic and social development of the region in which it is integrated.

With an offer particularly aimed at contributing to business growth, ISVOUGA aims to promote teaching and learning focused on the creation and reinforcement of its students' technical and personal skills.

The orientation adopted, after the introduction of the Bologna model (academic year 2007/08), through the methodologies employed, envisages that the knowledge to be achieved, both in a more theoretical aspect, as well as in another technical nature, will be achieved by so that fundamental transversal skills are simultaneously worked on and reinforced by students. Project work or with a strong experimental component are, so to speak, recurrent work tools, thus stimulating considerable levels of autonomy on the part of students in this process.

ISVOUGA's educational project also includes student support:

  • identifying personal strategies and techniques that can contribute to increasing levels of school success;
  • providing tools to support curricular units that cause more difficulties;
  • providing physical spaces and equipment for work and study;
  • in the construction of versatile, specialized and differentiated curricula, due to the frequency of curricular units external to the curriculum of each course;
  • in the search for the best solutions for carrying out internships or placing graduates in the job market;
  • in providing continuous training offers capable of meeting the needs of student workers and / or graduates;
  • in the prerogative it offers in order to allow a better harmonization between work and study, through partial attendance of courses;
  • reinforcing the internal social action policy;
  • integrating students into the culture of the local community;
  • in reinforcing the critical sense and attitude towards current international issues;
  • in encouraging academic and professional mobility paths;
  • in the open school philosophy, for the active participation of students in the construction of a better school model.