CESPU, CRL, is the founding entity of the University Institute of Health Sciences, which teaches university courses, and the Polytechnic Institute of Northern Health, which integrates the Vale do Ave Superior School of Health and the Vale Superior School of Health. from Sousa.
In the development of a vertical integration strategy, companies were created or acquired, of which we highlight CESPU. Formation, S.A., CESPU - Health, S.G.P.S., S.A. and NS, New Health Partnerships, S.A ..
These companies have as their main objective to develop lifelong learning and vocational training activities at different levels and the management of health facilities.
Internationalization has also marked, since its inception, the life of the institution, with a partnership with the University of Barcelona and other university institutions. Also in this context, the CESPU Prize was created under the motto "A contribution to research and development in health sciences and technologies".
As a result of the development strategy adopted, CESPU, CRL, and associated companies are now a Group with diverse intervention in the health sector and significant social impact.
In order to optimize and standardize the procedures inherent in the operation of CESPU, CRL, and their Companies, the certification process was concluded at the end of 2006 by the standard NP EN ISO 9001: 2000 (aka "Quality Management System"). ). This measure aims to reach new standards of quality and excellence in the management of higher education and the provision of health services in Portugal.