Partnership created to create the Escola Superior de Saúde de Leiria pole in Torres Vedras – Leiria region

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The Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL) and the municipality of Torres Vedras established, Wednesday 9, a partnership to create in this city a center of the Escola Superior de Saúde de Leiria from the next school year.

The Secretary of State for Science and Higher Education, João Sobrinho Teixeira, said it was “the way to have more qualified Portuguese and the country will reach 2030 with six out of 10 young people enrolled in education superior”.

The municipality estimates that it will invest half a million euros in the adaptation of the old building of the municipal water and sanitation services to accommodate the hub, and is working on the project to launch the works at a later date. call for tenders, its president, Carlos Bernardes, told reporters.

The IPL is responsible for creating the conditions necessary to provide the courses.

The center is expected to open in the next academic year, with the professional technical courses of the Clinical Secretariat, Healthy Eating and Aesthetics and Wellness, with around 80 students.

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IPL will offer the accreditation of diplomas in biomedical laboratory sciences and podiatry, for the academic year 2022/2023, and the master’s degree in medico-surgical nursing, already for the next academic year.

With the pole, the number of IPL students following higher education courses in Torres Vedras is expected to double from 200 to 400 within two years, the mayor estimated.

The president of the IPL, Rui Pedrosa, expressed his interest in the expansion of courses in several regions of Torres Vedras, in opposition to the “bet and investment of the municipality in higher education”.

“The creation of a higher education center in the field of health aims to meet the training needs of the region and increase the attractiveness of the municipality”, according to the municipality.

The center is also considered fundamental for the choice of the location of the new hospital in the West, since, he explained, “in addition to partnerships in terms of internships and continuing education for health professionals, it is an aggregator of research projects in the field. of health “.

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