The rector


Enric Fossas, rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)

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The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech is a top-quality public university that is responsible and committed to society and people and that is governed in a transparent, participatory and democratic manner. It is a keeper of knowledge and practice in architecture, engineering, mathematics, nautical studies, optics and physics, and has a humanistic and social base. It has deep local roots—many of its schools are over one hundred years old—and this enables it to have an impact on productive, economic and social processes in the counties of L’Anoia, El Bages, El Baix Llobregat, El Barcelonès, El Garraf, El Maresme and El 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 help to maintain industry and services in our society. Its excellence in education is a consequence of the research and knowledge transfer engaged in by its lecturers. Efficient management guarantees quality. As a technical university, we are leaders in the transfer of knowledge to local industry and we strive to be 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. This project will only move forward if we feel our responsibility to society keenly and we receive the support of the university community. It will only be possible through an alliance with other Catalan universities and the commitment to serve society that must be made by any public university.
I am pleased to welcome you to the UPC. I hope you will take up my invitation to get to know us and to take advantage of the education, research and knowledge transfer that we offer. Make the most of it, because, as Nelson Mandela said:
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Enric Fossas
Rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech 


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