Polytechnic University of Catalonia

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Logo UPC.svg
Established 1971
Endowment €262.90 million
Rector Enric Fossas Colet
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Affiliations Vives Network
Website www.upc.edu
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

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Catalan: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC; IPA: [uniβərsiˈtat puɫiˈtɛŋnikə ðə kətəˈɫuɲə]), currently referred to as BarcelonaTECH and commonly named just as UPC, is the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain - albeit encompassing other disciplines such as mathematics and architecture.

UPC's objectives are based on internationalization, as it is Spain's technical university with the highest number of international PhD students and Spain's university with the highest number of international master's degree students.[1] UPC is a university aiming at achieving the highest degree of engineering/technical excellence and has bilateral agreements with several top-ranked European universities.[2]

UPC is a member of the Top Industrial Managers for Europe[3] 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.[4]

The university was founded in March 1971 as the Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona through the merger of engineering and architecture schools originally founded during the 19th century.[5] 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. UPC has about 30,000 students and 2,500 professors and researchers.[when?]


  • EET: Escola d'Enginyeria de Terrassa (Terrassa Engineering School)
  • EETAC: Escola d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicació i Aeroespacial de Castelldefels (Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering)
  • EPSEB: Escola Politècnica d'Edificació de Barcelona - (Barcelona Construction Engineering School)
  • EPSEM: Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Manresa - (Manresa Engineering School)
  • EPSEVG: Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Vilanova i la Geltrú - (Vilanova i la Geltrú Engineering School)
  • ESAB: Escola Superior d'Agricultura de Barcelona - (Barcelona Agriculture School)
  • ETSAB: Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona - (Barcelona Architecture School)
  • ETSAV (or EAV): Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès - (Vallès Architecture School)
  • ETSECCPB: Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona - (Barcelona Civil Engineering School)
  • ETSEIAT: Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeries Industrial i Aeronàutica de Terrassa - (Terrassa School of Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering)
  • ETSEIB: Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering)
  • Telecom BCN, ETSETB: Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicacions de Barcelona - (Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering)
  • EUOOT: Escola Universitària d'Òptica i Optometria de Terrassa - (College of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa)
  • FIB: Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona - (Barcelona School of Computer Science)
  • FME: Facultat de Matemàtiques i Estadística - (School of Mathematics and Statistics)
  • FNB: Facultat de Nàutica de Barcelona - (Barcelona Nautical Studies School): Marine Engineering, Nautical Engineering, Maritime Transportation, Systems Engineering, Nautical Technology, Nautical Studies, Naval Engineering, and more.[6]
  • CFIS: Centre de Formació Interdisciplinària Superior - (Interdisciplinary Higher Education Centre)
  • CITM: Centre de la Imatge i la Tecnologia Multimèdia (Image Processing and Multimedia Technology Centre)
  • EEI: Escola d'Enginyeria d'Igualada (Igualada School of Engineering)
  • EUETIB: Escola Universitària d'Enginyeria Tècnica Industrial de Barcelona (Barcelona Industrial Engineering College)
  • EUPMT: Escola Universitària Politècnica de Mataró - (Mataró Technical College of)
  • EUNCET: Escola Universitària Caixa Terrassa - (Caixa Terrassa College)
  • EAE: Centre Universitari EAE - (EAE University Centre)


  • DEAB: Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology DEAB
  • MA1: Department of Applied Mathematics I MA1
  • MA2: Department of Applied Mathematics II MA2
  • MA3: Department of Applied Mathematics III (MA3)
  • MA4: Department of Applied Mathematics IV (MA4)
  • FA: Department of Applied Physics (FA)
  • PA: Department of Architectural Design (PA)
  • EGA1: Department of Architectural Representation and Visual Analysis I (EGA1)
  • EGA2: Department of Architectural Representation and Visual Analysis II (EGA2)
  • CA1: Department of Architectural Technology I (CA1)
  • CA2: Department of Architectural Technology II (CA2)
  • ESAII: Department of Automatic Control (ESAII)
  • EQ: Department of Chemical Engineering (EQ)
  • DAC: Department of Computer Architecture (DAC)
  • EC: Department of Construction Engineering (EC)
  • DEE: Department of Electrical Engineering (DEE)
  • EEL: Department of Electronic Engineering (EEL)
  • DIPSE: Department of Electronic System Design and Programming (DIPSE)
  • PE: Department of Engineering Design (PE)
  • EGE: Department of Engineering Presentation (EGE)
  • MF: Department of Fluid Mechanics (MF)
  • ETCG: Department of Geotechnical Engineering and Geo-Sciences (ETCG)
  • MMT: Department of Heat Engines (MMT)
  • CA: Department of History and Theory of Architecture (CA)
  • EHMA: Department of Hydraulic, Maritime and Environmental Engineering (EHMA)
  • OE: Department of Management (OE)
  • CMEM: Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (CMEM)
  • EM: Department of Mechanical Engineering (EM)
  • EMRN: Department of Mining Engineering and Natural Resources (EMRN)
  • CEN: Department of Nautical Science and Engineering (CEN)
  • OO: Department of Optics and Optometry (OO)
  • FEN: Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (FEN)
  • ESSI: Department of Service and Information System Engineering (ESSI)
  • TSC: Department of Signal Theory and Communications (TSC)
  • LSI: Department of Software (LSI)
  • EIO: Department of Statistics and Operations Research (EIO)
  • RMEE: Department of Strength of Materials and Structural Engineering (RMEE)
  • EA: Department of Structural Architecture (EA)
  • ENTEL: Department of Telematics Engineering (ENTEL)
  • DETIP: Department of Textile and Paper Engineering (DETIP)
  • ITT: Department of Transport and Regional Planning (ITT)
  • UOT: Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UOT)

UPC UNESCO Chairs[edit]

UPC Research Centers[edit]

The UPC has a number of research centres.

  • 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 Innov.de les Empreses
  • CETpD-UPC -Tech. Research Cen.for Dependency Care and Autonom Liviving
  • 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
  • PERC-UPC - Power Electronics Research Centre
  • TALP - Centre de Tecnologies i Aplicacions del Llenguatge i la Parla

Science Fiction Award[edit]

From 1991-2010, the Board of Trustees at UPC organized and awarded an annual Science Fiction Award. Currently the award is presented bi-annually.[7]

Previous winners include:[8]

  • 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[9]
  • 2009: Roberto Sanhueza, Bis[10]
  • 2010: José Miguel Sánchez Gómez (Yoss), Super extra grande
  • 2012: Miguel Santander, La epopeya de los amantes

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Coordinates: 41°23′22″N 2°06′57″E / 41.38944°N 2.11583°E / 41.38944; 2.11583