Escola Superior de Saúde do Vale do Ave  - ESSVA
CESPU  initiated polytechnic higher education in V. N. de Famalicão in 1997 with the Escola Superior de Saúde do Vale do Ave (ESSVA).
For the first time, according to this College of Health Sciences model, nursing and other areas of polytechnic health studies were integrated into multi-departmental teaching units. This contributed significantly to the development of the concept of multi-disciplinary health teams without any loss of quality in individual specialisations.
In March 2004 the Escola Superior de Saúde do Vale do Ave facility was inaugurated. This model facility for teaching health sciences and technology consists of 5,555.25 m2 of teaching facilities in addition to its 2,000 m2 of common space including a one-storey car park.
 College of Health Sciences
 Cooperative for Higher, Polytechnic and University Education