Revista Egitania Sciencia - ISITH Edição Especial | ARTICLE

Title: Profile and socioeconomic impact of students in politechnic schools of the interior of Portugal – the ESTH-IPG case study

Author: Romeu Lopes (Romeu_lopes@ipg.pt)*, José Alexandre Martins (jasvm@ipg.pt)**, Vítor Roque (vitor.roque@ipg.pt)***
* Professor Adjunto da Escola Superior de Turismo e Hotelaria (ESTH) do Instituto Politécnico da Guarda (IPG), Portugal. Membro da UTC de Turismo e Hotelaria do IPG. Membro da Unidade de Investigação para o Desenvolvimento do Interior (UDI/IPG). ** Professor Adjunto da Escola Superior de Turismo e Hotelaria (ESTH) do Instituto Politécnico da Guarda (IPG), Portugal. Membro da UTC de Ciências Exatas e Experimentais do IPG. Membro da Unidade de Investigação para o Desenvolvimento do Interior (UDI/ IPG). *** Professor Adjunto da Escola Superior de Turismo e Hotelaria (ESTH) do Instituto Politécnico da Guarda (IPG), Portugal. Membro da UTC de Turismo e Hotelaria do IPG. Membro da Unidade de Investigação para o Desenvolvimento do Interior (UDI/IPG).
Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - ISITH Edição Especial

Abstract:
In recent years, some higher education institutions, particularly those from Inland Portugal, have faced difficulties in attracting and retaining new students due to a process of continuous displacement to the coastal areas. This research intends to characterize the students’ socio-economic profile of the Higher School of Tourism and Hotel Management - Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, and point out their “value” to the municipality of Seia. The general objectives of this research are: (i) to know the students’ profile; (ii) to perceive their living conditions and limitations that the region and the institution offer; (iii) to inquire about their Professional prospects. The quantitative research method has been selected, carried out essentially in a descriptive way, and centered in the analysis and interpretation of the data collected through a questionnaire on paper. The questionnaires were distributed to all ongoing courses. 252 surveys were collected, validated and treated using IBM SPSS Statistics (version 24). The study makes a reflection and proposes a set of suggestions, which may be useful for a better action from higher education institutions and the nearby environment, in order to attract and settle students and future professionals, particularly those in the interior regions of Portugal.

Keywords: Higher Education; Interior; Polytechnic of Guarda; School of Tourism and Hospitality Management; Socioeconomic Impact




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