Pompeu Fabra University

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Pompeu Fabra University
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Logo UPF.jpg
Type Public University
Established 1990
Rector Jaume Casals
Administrative staff
592 professors (full time equivalent) & 670 administration staff
Students Around 10.000 undergraduate and 4.000 postgraduate students
Address Plaça de la Mercè, 10-12, 08002 Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Campus Urban
Website www.upf.edu

Pompeu Fabra University (Catalan: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, pronounced: [uniβərsiˈtat pumˈpɛw ˈfaβɾə]; UPF) is a public university in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Founded in 1990, it is named after the Catalan philologist Pompeu Fabra. According to Times Higher Education it is one of the 7 fastest-rising young universities in the world.


UPF offers its studies around three areas of knowledge: the social sciences and humanities, the health and life sciences, and the ICT and communication sciences.

Teaching is organized in seven colleges: Humanities, Health and Life Sciences, Economics, Political and Social Sciences, Communication, Law, Translation and Interpretation as well as one polytechnic school focused on engineering and ICT.

Research is organized in eight departments: Economics and Business, Law, Political and Social Sciences, Humanities, Experimental Sciences and Health, ICT, Communication and Translation & Language Sciences.

The University also has five affiliated centers (UPF Barcelona School of Management, International Trade Business School -ESCI-, Elisava School of Design, Tecnocampus and Mar University School of Nursing -ESIM) and partnerships in different inter-university postgraduate platforms such as the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals -IBEI- or the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics -Barcelona GSE-).


‘Dipòsit de les Aigües’ Library, located at UPF Ciutadella Campus, Barcelona
Ciutadella Campus, Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona

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.

UPF has also been participating in a set of institutions and centers specializing in teaching, research and transfer that have their own legal personality and which comprise the UPF Group, and which often exist in collaboration with other institutions and universities. Thus, in the field of research and transfer, plus the three science parks include the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM) - Hospital del Mar, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) (CSIC-UPF), the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) or the Research Centre for International Economics (CREI).


Enric Argullol served as rector from the founding until June 2001, followed by M. Rosa Virós i Galtier (2001-2005) and Josep Joan Moreso (2005-2013). The current rector is Jaume Casals.


Poblenou Campus, Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona
PRBB, Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona

The UPF is located in three separate campuses, each associated to its own area of knowledge:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities (Ciutadella Campus)
  • ITC and communication sciences (Poblenou Campus)
  • Health and Life Sciences (Mar Campus)

International rankings[edit]

The position of the UPF is presented in the following international rankings: Times Higher Education (THE), Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the one published by Shanghai University (ARWU) and the Leiden ranking, which is focused on research.

More information on rankings can be found at UPF website.

The UPF in international rankings
RANKING Spain Europe World
THE 2016 "General" 2 83 175
THE 2016 "100 Under 50" 2 11 15
QS 2016 "General" 7 129 283
QS 2016 "50 Under 50" 4 8 22
ARWU 2016 4-9 n/c 301-400
Leiden 2016 "% of Top 10% publications" 1 33 93
Leiden 2016 "% of interinstitutional collaborative publications" 1 12 15
Leiden 2016 "% of international collaborative publications" 2 47 58

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ http://specs.upf.edu/people/331
  2. ^ http://specs.upf.edu/home

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°22′45″N 2°10′47″E / 41.37917°N 2.17972°E / 41.37917; 2.17972