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Pompeu Fabra University

Pompeu Fabra University
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
TypePublic University
Established18 June 1990
Budget€150.5m (2020)[1]
RectorLaia de Nadal i Clanchet
Administrative staff
592 professors (full-time equivalent) and 670 administration staff
Students9,945 undergraduates (2015/2016) and 2,613 graduates[2] (2014/2015)
Plaça de la Mercè, 10-12, 08002 Barcelona
Barcelona, Catalonia
AffiliationsEuropaeum, The Guild, TPC, Vives network, EUA, EUTOPIA, ACUP, A4U
University Ranking
International Global
National Europe World
THE 2022 General
THE 2022 Under 50
QS 2023 General
QS 2021 Under 50
ARWU 2021
top 9-12
top 400-500
U-Multirank 2022
More info on the UPF rankings website

Pompeu Fabra University (Catalan: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, UPF, pronounced [uniβəɾsiˈtat pumˈpɛw ˈfaβɾə]; Spanish: Universidad Pompeu Fabra) is a public university located in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia in Spain. The university was created by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia in 1990 and was named after Pompeu Fabra. It is highly competitive in research and has as its goal the transformation of education to meet the challenges of the future.[4] UPF has been ranked the best university in Spain since 2015 and 16th best young university in the world in 2022 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[5][6]

Pompeu Fabra University is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Spain. It has occupied first place in the national ranking of scientific productivity since 2009. Academically, the university is known for its selective student admission as more than half of the degrees offered by it have among the highest university entrance grades (selectivitat) in the Catalan university system.

The university excels in national and international rankings especially in the studies of economics, political science, and law. The studies in the field of Economics at UPF have been ranked among the top 50 worldwide, occupying the 20th place in Economics and Econometrics in the QS World University Rankings by subject in 2016 and 40th place in Economics & Business in the Times Higher Education Rankings. The university's Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences is the first and only faculty in Spain (public or private and for any discipline) to be awarded the Certificate for Quality in Internationalization granted by a consortium of 14 European accreditation agencies. UPF was designated as an "International Excellence Campus" by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2010.


Dipòsit de les Aigües (library), Ciutadella Campus
Roger de Llúria building, Ciutadella Campus
Poblenou Campus

The university offers its studies around three areas of knowledge, each one developed on a different campus:


Specifically, teaching is organized in seven faculties and one engineering school:

  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics and Business
  • Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Communication
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Translation and Language Sciences
  • Engineering School

Higher education affiliated centers

Finally, the university also has several higher education affiliated centers:


Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), Pompeu Fabra University

Research is organized in eight departments:

  • Department of Experimental and Health Sciences
  • Department of Political and Social Sciences
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Economics and Business
  • Department of Humanities
  • Department of Information and Communications Technologies
  • Department of Translation and Language Sciences

Moreover, in order to promote research and transfer activities undertaken by university researchers and provide them with greater international visibility, the university is developing the UPF Research Park in the fields of social sciences, humanities, communication and information technologies. The UPF Research Park, which develops its activity at Ciutadella and Poblenou Campuses, coordinates its activities in the fields of health and life sciences with the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), located at Mar Campus.

University institutes and research centres

The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) is located in the Merce Rodoreda Building, Ciutadella Campus

Research Centre for International Economics

The Research Centre for International Economics (Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional (CREI)) is a research institute sponsored by the government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) and the UPF led by the economist Jordi Galí. Its headquarters is on the campus of UPF in Barcelona, near the Department of Economics and Business at UPF (Ciutadella Campus), which collaborates in many research and teaching fields.

The research activities are focused on international economics and macroeconomics (including growth, business cycles, monetary economics, macroeconometrics, trade and international finance, economic geography, etc.). It tries to emphasize these fields of studies in the European dimension.


Enric Argullol served as rector from the founding until June 2001, followed by M. Rosa Virós i Galtier (2001-2005), Josep Joan Moreso (2005-2013), Jaume Casals (2013-2021) and Oriol Amat (2021-2023). The current rector, Laia de Nadal, was elected in May 2023.[7]


The position of UPF is presented in the following international rankings: Times Higher Education (THE), Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the one published by Shanghai University (ARWU) Archived 11 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine, U-Multirank (promoted by the EU), and the Leiden ranking, which is focused on research.

UPF's position in university rankings
RANKING Spain Europe World
THE 2022 "General" 3 79 186
THE 2021 "150 Under 50" 1 7 15
QS 2022 "General" 5 107 248
QS 2021 "50 Under 50" 1 8 28
U-Ranking 2021 (national) 1 - -
U-Multirank 2021 1 4 -
Leiden 2021 "% of Top 10% publications" 1 29 78

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


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  2. ^ "UPF in figures". Pompeu Fabra University. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Regulation and promotion of the use of Catalan at Pompeu Fabra University". Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)". Top Universities. Founded in 1990, UPF is a public university based in Barcelona that is highly competitive in research and aims to transform education to respond future challenges.
  5. ^ "World University Rankings 2022". Times Higher Education (THE). 12 October 2022. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Best young universities in the world". Times Higher Education (THE). 12 October 2022. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  7. ^ "Laia de Nadal toma posesión como rectora de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra". 6 March 2023.
  8. ^ "Paul F.M.J. Verschure | SPECS - Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems group". Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Understanding mind, brain and behavior through constructing synthetic perceptive, emotive and cognitive systems. | SPECS - Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems group". Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.

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