“What we've seen today is an example of what we want to develop between companies, the activity of research, innovation and education. Therefore, this is an example for projects and business innovation agendas”, said the minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, after visiting the Vipex company, in Marinha Grande, on July 2nd. Jorge Santos, CEO who acted as host, began the visit to the facilities pointing out the new project areas: “we are working on digitization, automation, robotics, artificial vision and others. But we do it in partnership with the Polytechnic”, and gave the floor to the collaborators themselves, the vast majority of whom are current or former students of the Polytechnic of Leiria in technological courses, licentiate, postgraduate, master's, doctoral, but also young people in Curricular stage. They were the ones who presented some of the innovative projects already developed or underway at Vipex. Access the video.

But it was not only Minister Manuel Heitor who considered the link between the Polytechnic of Leiria and Vipex as a good example of the close collaboration between higher education and industry. “Vipex is an example of a close relationship between the Polytechnic of Leiria and a company with qualified employability and projects that transform it and make it more competitive,” said Rui Pedrosa, president of the Polytechnic of Leiria, also present in the delegation.

For Isabel Damasceno, president of the CCDRC, Vipex “is clearly a vanguard company. This links with the region's strategy, which considers the permanent connection, in the sense of wealth creation, between higher education and the business fabric as one of its priorities. It is important to see the reality, and here we have practical examples of young people who have just left the Polytechnic and who are here making their enormous contribution to the development and creation of wealth in this company.”

During the visit, Minister Manuel Heitor appreciated the relaxed and committed way in which employees presented their projects in the areas of methodologies, automation, robotics, artificial vision, digitization, business intelligence and the development of products and services. He also reinforced that “this ability to innovate depends on happy people and people, in a good and dignified work environment”.