The Infante D. Henrique Nautical School of Higher Education is a public polytechnic school of higher education under the authority of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
It is responsible for providing solid cultural, scientific and technical training, developing the ability to innovate, along with a critical analysis, while teaching theoretical and practical scientific knowledge aimed at carrying out operations typical of the Sea/Ports sector.
Its customers are basically sea and ports shipping companies.
- Areas of intervention
The school is responsible for training Merchant Marine officers as well as senior staff in the Sea and Ports sector, in the fields of Intermodality, Management and Logistics.
- Human resources
The School comprises some 60 professors and 600 students.
ENIDH funds are granted annually by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
The year 1887 marked the creation of the Naval School and the Pilot School, under military authorities (Ministry of the Navy).
In 1924, the Pilot School, which changed its name to Nautical School, was now intended for non-military students. Based in Lisbon, it remained under the authority of the Ministry of the Navy.
The current ENIDH (the Infante D. Henrique Nautical School of Higher Education) was officially opened in 1972, in Paço de Arcos, 15 km from Lisbon, as its status of the training it provides as a school of higher education was recognized.
In 1974, the ENIDH, which no longer operated under military authority, now fell under the tutelage of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Secretariat of the Merchant Marine).
In 1989, the ENIDH was included in the national educational system, under polytechnic higher learning.
In 2002, the ENIDH became a non-integrated polytechnic school of higher education, under the tutelage of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
The School grants certification and graduate degree diplomas, as its courses are organized under the Bologna methodology. It also offers familiarization and specialization course for seafaring officers and workers, pursuant to IMO requirements, namely, the STCW Convention.