The Polytechnic Institute of Santarém is a polytechnic public higher education institution, at the service of society, committed to the high level qualification of the citizens, destined to the production and diffusion of the knowledge, creation, transmission and diffusion of the knowledge of professional nature, Science, technology, the arts, guided research and experimental development, emphasizing centrality in the student and surrounding the community , within an international frame of reference.

It is recognized as a pole of development and a reference in training, culture and research developed in the region, created in the 70's, currently comprises five Higher Education Schools, four in the city of Santarém and one in the city of Rio Maior.