Governance and representation

The structure of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and its system of governance are defined by the Organic Law on Universities, the Law on Catalan Universities, and the Statutes of the UPC.


The rector is the University's highest academic authority and is responsible for representing and managing the institution. The rector is elected by a weighted vote in which all members of the university community are eligible to take part (students, teaching and research staff, and administrative and service staff).

The rector appoints the Executive Council, which comprises the vice-rectors; the secretary general, whose role is to assist the rector in his or her work; and the general manager, who is responsible for managing the University's administrative and financial services.

The university community elects its representatives to the University Senate, the body that is most representative of the university community and the highest authority when it comes to establishing internal regulations, and to determining and expressing the University's position and aspirations.

The University Senate has a permanent representative body, the Governing Council, which is responsible for university governance, and which oversees the University's sectoral policies and activities through various committees.



The UPC is organised into:

  • Basic units, which are directly responsible for academic activity.
  • Functional units, which provide support in relation to academic activity, management, and services offered to the community.
The UPC's basic units are its schools; departments, which are responsible for coordinating instruction in one or more areas of knowledge and providing support for teaching and research activities and initiatives; and university research institutes, which carry out scientific and technical research.
The UPC has a majority stake in a number of other entities, known collectively as the UPC Group (Innovation and Technology Centre Foundation, CIM Foundation, Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya, Mediterranean Technology Park, UPC Research and Innovation Park, and UPCnet).

The Board of Trustees Open link in a new window is responsible for maintaining the connection between the University and the society it serves. The Board is composed of representatives of various institutions and sectors of society, and representatives of the University. The chair of the Board of Trustees is appointed by the Executive Council of the Government of Catalonia. The main functions of the Board of Trustees are to lay the groundwork for strategic planning, to approve the budget, and to assess quality and performance of the activities carried out by the University.

The mission of the ombuds officer Open link in a new window, who is appointed by the Board of Trustees, is to receive complaints, suggestions, and initiatives and proposals for improvements, and to provide support to individuals and entities who feel that they have not received proper treatment through the University's customary channels. At the request of the parties involved, the ombuds officer may also act as a mediator in disputes. The ombuds officer acts autonomously and on the basis of with his or her own judgment.


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