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Welcoming Message

Dr. José QuaresmaDear Students,

Welcome to ISAL! We are thrilled to have you in our premises, a place where strong will, motivation and knowledge are shared.

ISAL, as an institution of Higher Studies, initiated its activity in Madeira Autonomous Region – the Pearl of the Atlantic- in 1984. This year it commemorates its 30 years of existence. In the beginning, ISAL developed several Higher Studies which granted a bacharel degree in Management and Tourism Areas. In order to accomplish further goals, ISAL acquired new facilities which allowed the adequate development of new actions within the area of Higher Studies. These new facilities were inaugurated in 2004 and they represent the first phase of the investment.

2005 was a marking year not only for ISAL, but also to Madeira Autonomous Region itself once ISAL obtained permission to offer its first degree. For the very first time a degree in Tourism was created in Madeira Autonomous Region.

In 2006 ISAL began a new adventure: Postgraduate Studies. In that year a Postgraduate Study in Hotel Management was created and, thanks to its success, ISAL annually launches several new Post graduations in decisive areas always bearing in mind what is needed in the Region. In the next school year we will promote the following Post graduation:

  • Local Accommodation Management (New)
  • Human Resources Management (5th Edition)
  • Management and Logistics ( New)
  • Management of Health Services and Social Institutions (6th Edition) 

With the setting up of the Bologne Agreement, ISAL created the following Degrees in 2007/08:

  • Management
  • Hotel Management
  • Tourism

From 2008 to 2014 ISAL has developed several TSC´s(Technological Specialisation Courses):

  • Human Resources Administrative Management (7 editions)
  • Environmental Tourism ( 4 editions)
  • Commercial Management (1 edition)

Nowadays ISAL has acquired new facilities which will allow the development of consistent studies not only in the areas of Post graduations, but also in new studies known as PHTS – “ Higher Technician Studies” along with the existing degrees.

We acknowledge there is still a long way to go and to accomplish our goals we are also counting on the active participation of all the intervenients, besides new strategic measures which include a strong bet on post graduation studies and ,in the future, the offering of second cycle studies (masters).

Finally, and in the name of the Board of Direction, Teaching Board, Academic and Administrative Boards, I wish everyone an excellent school year.



Academic greetings.
Dr. José Quaresma
ISAL General Manager