FUNDEC - Association for Training and Development of Civil Engineering and Architecture is the outcome of the affiliation between the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources of Instituto Superior Técnico and a number of Portugal’s top building and construction firms. This initiative was unprecedented in terms of university-corporate partnerships in the building industry.
One of FUNDEC’s goals has been to institutionalize continuous training courses with a view to improving and upskilling the people and the firms involved in the extensive field of civil engineering. FUNDEC also sets out to help firms through the supply of science and technology services, according to their needs, so as to foster advances in Portuguese Civil Engineering and Architecture within the European Union and the internationalized market place.
The success, credibility, quality of teaching and relevance of FUNDEC to the building industry are borne out by the number of trainees (over 13000 up to 2012) and training actions (over 600 up to 2012). The choice of training in FUNDEC is a crucial step in developing knowledge and skills that should pave the way for new professional challenges in the future.
Chairman of the FUNDEC