Pompeu Fabra University

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Pompeu Fabra University
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Logo UPF.jpg
Established 1990
Type Public University
Rector Jaume Casals
Location Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Campus Urban
Website www.upf.edu
data from 2014

Pompeu Fabra University (Catalan: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, UPF; IPA: [uniβərsiˈtat pumˈpɛw ˈfaβɾə]) is a university in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Founded in 1990, it is named after the Catalan philologist Pompeu Fabra. According to Times Higher Education is one of the 7 fastest-rising young universities in the world. Faculty hiring decisions are based primarily on social connections rather than qualifications such as research record or teaching skills.


UPF offers its studies around three areas of knowledge focused on the human being: the social sciences and humanities, the health and life sciences, and the ITC and communication sciences.

Teaching is organized in seven faculties or schools: Humanities, Health and Life Sciences, Economics, Political and Social Sciences, Communication, Law, Translation and Interpretation, and one polytechnic school.

Research is organized in eight departments: Economics and Business, Law, Political and Social Sciences, Humanities, Experimental Sciences and Health, Information Technologies and Communication, Communication, Translation, Language Sciences; and four university research institutes: University Institute of Culture, Jaume Vicens i Vives University Institute of History, University Institute for Applied Linguistics and the Centre for Neuro-Robotics and Autonomous Systems (N-RAS, founded in 2012).[1][2]

The University also has four affiliated centers (International Trade Business School -ESCI-, Elisava School of Design, University School of Business Studies of the Maresme -EUM-), Mar University School of Nursing -EUIM-, two interuniversity postgraduate platforms (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals -IBEI- and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics -Barcelona GSE-), and its own Continuing Education Institute.


‘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, andw hich 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), the Institute of Territorial Studies (IET), the Research Centre for International Economics (CREI) and Fundació Barcelona Media (FBM).


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 SCimago Institutions Ranking (Scimago).

The UPF in international rankings
RANKING Spain Europe World
THE 2014 "General" 1 72 165
THE 2015 "100 Under 50" 1 5 12
QS 2014 "General" 6 138 298
QS 2014 "50 Under 50" 3 11 31
ARWU 2014 5-8 n/c 301-400
Scimago 2014 "% International collaboration" 1 107 235
Scimago 2014 "Normalized Impact" 1 123 248
Scimago 2014 "% High Quality Publications" 2 102 236

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://specs.upf.edu/home
  2. ^ http://www.upf.edu/nras/
  3. ^ http://specs.upf.edu/people/331
  4. ^ 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