Escola Secundaria de Avelar Brotero (ESAB) was established in 1884 in Coimbra, Portugal, as an Industrial /Technical Drawing School and it started its teaching activities in 1885.
From 1885 up to 1971 this school gradually turned into a vocational technical and artistic school.
Nowadays, ESAB comprises almost all types of secondary school education:
- General secondary education leading to university level studies.
- Vocational/technical secondary school certifying professional technicians in fields like civil engineering, mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, mechatronics, electrical engineering, electronics, automation and control, refrigeration and air conditioning, solar energy, information technology, computer science etc.
- Education for adults, allowing the certification of secondary level studies through a combination of courses to be taken and recognition and certification of competences already developed through life experience.
The school has around 200 teachers and 2.000 students.