The rector

El rector


The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is a top-quality public university that is responsible and committed to society and people. It is governed in a transparent, participatory and democratic manner. It is a keeper of knowledge and the practice of architecture, engineering, physics, mathematics, nautical studies and optics, and it has a humanist and socially conscious base.

It is embedded in the region—many of its schools are over one hundred years old—and has an substantial impact on production, economic and social processes in the counties of Anoia, Bages, Baix Llobregat, Barcelonès, Garraf, Maresme and Vallès Occidental, as well as in the rest of Catalonia, in Spain, in Europe and across the world.

The UPC is responsible for providing education in its areas of knowledge at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Its graduates contribute to maintaining and improving industry and, to some extent, services in our society.

Excellence in education is a consequence of the research and knowledge transfer engaged in by its teaching staff. Management efficiency guarantees levels of quality. As a technical university, we are leaders in the transfer of knowledge to industry and an essential element of social progress and balance in the region.

From its base in Catalonia, the UPC is present in Europe and all over the world. It has a direct influence in 130 countries and collaborates with other universities in research and teaching via research, student exchange and double degree agreements and by participating in international networks.

In the project that we have just undertaken, we need the involvement of each and every one of us, my own, as rector, and that of a whole team of people who are committed to the UPC's future and the future of public universities in general. The project will only move forward if we feel our responsibility to society keenly and we receive the support of the university community. We pledge to work in alliance with other Catalan universities to serve the society to which public universities are committed.

I am pleased to welcome you to the UPC and I invite you to get to know us and to make the most of the teaching, research and knowledge transfer that we offer. Make the most of it because


Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela

Enric Fossas Colet
Rector de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech