Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe

RDI Outputs & Outcomes

RDI Outputs & Outcomes refers to the expected result of RDI. The core criterion for it in PHE, is that RDI outcomes aim to be relevant to the world of work, and society. In addition to the traditional outputs, such as licenses,  patents and publications, RDI outcomes are solution/oriented with tangible benefits for the world of work and society.

The following are best practice examples of implementation of this criterion:

Applied research at Portuguese PHE institutions – Some examples

Authors: Joaquim Mourato, President of Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP) & Armando Pires, Head of International Affairs / Full Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, CCISP & José Miguel Nunes Pereira, Adviser, CCISP

RDI plays a relevant role in PHE institutions’ strategy in Portugal. Despite various constraints, all PHE institutions have been attempting to increase their involvement in RDI, increasing the number of research projects, publications, patents, public presentation and workshops, production of artistic objects and their respective record and publication.

Some successful examples of projects created in Portuguese PHE institutions are:

Mitrena/Setúbal Project – Following a request from the Setúbal Municipality, the economic impact of the Industrial Park of Mitrena was evaluated by the School of Business Administration of Setúbal Polytechnic Institute. This industrial Park, created in 1989 by the Setúbal Municipality, comprises 373.800 square meters divided in 46 lots. Today the occupation area is about 50% of the total.

COHiTEC – A training programme in technology commercialisation was launched for the teaching staff with the aim of supporting the valuation of the knowledge produced at the Lisbon Polytechnic Institute. Since its launch, 136 projects have participated in COHiTEC, with a total of more than 600 researchers and management students. The supported business projects led to the creation of 23 technology-based companies.

Research on transport and infrastructure – Two studies were conducted in the Lisbon Polytechnic Institute to optimize  electronic toll collection in national motorways (the Via Verde system) and to create efficient communication systems in the railway infrastructure. The Via Verde System is used in Portugal since 1991 and is available at all toll roads and bridges in the country since 1995.

Financial Literacy International Project – Curricula contents were prepared by the School of Business Administration of the Setúbal Polytechnic Institute in order to increase financial literacy among the Portuguese population in general.

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