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Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Technical University of Catalonia
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Endowment€317 million
RectorDaniel Crespo Artiaga
Academic staff
Location, ,
AffiliationsVives Network, UNITE!, SSU
University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[1]701–800 (2023)
QS World[2]354 (2024)
THE World[3]601–800 (2024)
USNWR Global[4]=385 (2023)
Barcelona North Campus
Nexus building, in North campus of UPC
Nexus 2 building, North Campus
UPC Library
School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona (ETSEIB)
Vertex Building
K2M Building

The Technical University of Catalonia (Catalan: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, pronounced [uniβəɾsiˈtat puliˈtɛŋnikə ðə kətəˈluɲə], Spanish: Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña; UPC), currently referred to as BarcelonaTech, is the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain. It also offers programs in other disciplines such as mathematics and architecture.

UPC's objectives are based on internationalization, as it is one of Europe's technical universities with the most international PhD students and the university with the largest share of international master's degree students.[5] UPC is a university aiming at achieving the highest degree of engineering/technical excellence and has bilateral agreements with several top-ranked European universities.[6]

UPC is a member of the Top Industrial Managers for Europe[7] network, which allows for student exchanges between leading European engineering schools. It is also a member of several university federations, including the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) and UNITECH.[8] UPC is also a parent institution of the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).

The university was founded in March 1971 as the Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona through the merger of engineering and architecture schools founded in the 19th century.[9] As of 2007 it has 25 schools in Catalonia located in the cities of Barcelona, Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa, Igualada, Vilanova i la Geltrú and Mataró. As of the academic year 2017–18, the UPC has over 30,000 students and over 3,000 teaching and research staff, 65 undergraduate programs, 73 graduate programs and 49 doctorate programs.[10]


Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is one of the top public universities in Barcelona, Spain. It is ranked #354 in QS World University Rankings 2024.UPC is consistently ranked as one of the leading European universities in the technology and engineering fields. U.S. News & World Report, for instance, ranks it as the world's 36th for Computer Science and 60th for Engineering.[11] The QS World University Rankings also place the UPC among the world's 50 best universities in disciplines such as Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Instruments Science and Technology and Remote Sensing.[12]


Affiliated Schools


  • Càtedra UNESCO de Direcció Universitària (CUDU) – UNESCO Chair of Higher Education Management
  • Càtedra UNESCO de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria de la UPC – UNESCO Chair of Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • Càtedra UNESCO de Sostenibilitat – UNESCO Sustainability Chair
  • Càtedra UNESCO en Salut Visual i Desenvolupament – UNESCO Chair of Vision and Development
  • Càtedra UNESCO en Tècnica i Cultura – UNESCO Chair of Technology and Culture

UPC Research Centers

The UPC has a number of research centres.

  • BSC – Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • CCABA – Advanced Broadband Communications Center
  • CD6 – Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development
  • CDPAC – Cen. de Documentació de Projectes d'Arquitectura de Catalunya
  • CEBIM – Molecular Biotechnology Centre
  • CERpIE – C. Recerca i Desenv. per a la Millora i les Empreses
  • CETpD-UPC -Tech. Research Cen. for Dependency Care and Autonomous Living
  • CPSV- Centre of Land Policy and Valuations
  • CRAE – Centre de Recerca de l'Aeronàutica i de l'Espai
  • CRAHI – Centre de Recerca Aplicada en Hidrometeorologia
  • CRAL – Centre for Research and Services for the Local Administration
  • CIMNE – International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • CREB – Biomedical Engineering Research Centre
  • CREMIT – Center for Engines and Heat Installations
  • CRNE – Centre for Research in Nanoengineering
  • LACÀN – Specific Research Center of Numerical Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering
  • LIM/UPC – Maritime Engineering Laboratory
  • LITEM – Laboratori per a la Innovació Tecnològica d'Estructures i Materials
  • MCIA – Center Innovation Electronics. Motion Control and Industrial Applications
  • PERC-UPC – Power Electronics Research Centre
  • TALP – Centre de Tecnologies i Aplicacions del Llenguatge i la Parla
  • TIEG – Terrassa Industrial Electronics Group

Science Fiction Award

From 1991–2010, the Board of Trustees at the UPC organized and awarded an annual Science Fiction Award. Currently the award is presented bi-annually.[13]

Previous winners include:[14]

  • 2007: Brandon Sanderson, Defending Elysium; and Carlos Gardini d'Angelo, Belcebú en llamas
  • 2008: Eduardo Gallego Arjona and Guillem Sánchez Gómez, La cosecha del centauro[15]
  • 2009: Roberto Sanhueza, Bis[16]
  • 2010: José Miguel Sánchez Gómez (Yoss), Super extra grande
  • 2012: Miguel Santander, La epopeya de los amantes
  • 2014: Roberto Sanhueza, El año del gato

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2034". Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  2. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2024". 19 June 2023. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  3. ^ "World University Rankings". 6 August 2023. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  4. ^ "U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2022-23". Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  5. ^ "UPC. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  6. ^ "T.I.M.E. – Top Industrial Managers for Europe". Archived from the original on 20 September 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ T.I.M.E. – Top Industrial Managers for Europe
  8. ^ Brainlane – SiteLab CMS v2. "Spain". Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Chronology — UPC. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech". Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  10. ^ "The Institution". UPC. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  11. ^ "U.S. News – Best Global Universities – Polytechnic University of Catalonia". US News. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  12. ^ "QS Top Universities – Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya". QS Top Universities. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Premi UPC de Ciència-Ficció 2012. Ara biennal". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  14. ^ "SCIENCE-FICTION AT THE UPC". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  15. ^ "La cosecha del centauro, by Eduardo Gallego and Guillem Sánchez, wins the 2008 UPC Science Fiction Award — Sala de Premsa – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Bis by the Chilean author Roberto Sanhueza takes the 2009 UPC Science Fiction Award — Sala de Premsa – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)". Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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