Pompeu Fabra University

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Pompeu Fabra University
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Logo UPF.jpg
TypePublic University
Established18 June 1990
Budget€150.5m (2020)[1]
RectorJaume Casals
Administrative staff
592 professors (full time equivalent) and 670 administration staff
Students9,945 undergraduates and 2,613 graduates[2] (2015/2016)
Plaça de la Mercè, 10-12, 08002 Barcelona
Barcelona, Catalonia
AffiliationsEuropaeum, YERUN, TPC, Vives network, EUA, EUTOPIA, ACUP, A4U
University Ranking
International Global
National Europe World
THE 2021 General
THE 2020 Under 50
QS 2021 General
QS 2021 Under 50
ARWU 2020
top 9
top 400
U-Multirank 2020
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. In 2021, it was ranked the best university in Spain and 10th best young university in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings,[4][5] as well as best university by the U-Ranking of Spanish Universities.[6] The university was created by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia in 1990, and was named after the linguist Pompeu Fabra, an expert on the Catalan language.

UPF is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Spain and it is one of the seven young universities that progress most rapidly worldwide.[7] It is the most efficient Spanish university and the most productive according to national and international rankings. It has occupied the first place in the national ranking of scientific productivity since 2009. In recent years, the university has begun to excel in some 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 in 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[edit]

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[edit]

The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) is located in the Merce Rodoreda Building, Ciutadella Campus
  • Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) (interuniversity research institute)
  • UPF-Centre for Animal Ethics (UPF-CAE) (think thank)
  • Institut Universitari de Cultura (IUC) (research institute)
  • Music Technology Group (MTG) (research group)
  • Science Communication Observatory (OCC) (special research centre)
  • Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) (attached research university institute)
  • Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) (attached research university institute)
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE) (attached research university institute)
  • Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) (attached research university institute)
  • Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) (joint research institute)
  • Research Centre for International Economics (CREI) (participated research centre)
  • Institute for Political Economy and Governance (IPEG) (participated research centre)
  • BarcelonaBeta Brain Research Center (participated research centre)
  • Phonos Foundation (associated research centre)

Research Centre for International Economics[edit]

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) and Josep Joan Moreso (2005-2013). The current rector, Jaume Casals, was reelected for a second term in April 2017.


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), 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 2021 "General" 1 65 152
THE 2020 "150 Under 50" 1 5 10
QS 2021 "General" 6 122 287
QS 2021 "50 Under 50" 1 8 28
U-Ranking 2020 (national) 1 - -
ARWU 2020 top 9 n/c top 400
U-Multirank 2020 1 7 -
Leiden 2020 "% of Top 10% publications" 1 34 84

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.upf.edu/documents/1761050/3280890/Pressupost2020.pdf/e7a2b3d0-0060-6bb7-436d-ae27c04d9eca
  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. ^ "World University Rankings 2021". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Best young universities in the world". Times Higher Education (THE). 24 June 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  6. ^ "U-Ranking of Spanish Universities". U-Ranking. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  7. ^ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/pompeu-fabra-university
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ 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