The institution


The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution of research and higher education in the fields of engineering, architecture, sciences and technology, and one of the leading technical universities in Europe. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students, more than 231 doctoral students graduate and 3,591 graduates in lifelong learning. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months. It is ranked in the main international rankings.

Mission and vision


To contribute to building a sustainable and fair world through research, technology transfer and knowledge dissemination and by producing engineering, architecture, science and technology graduates who are able to think critically, work in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams, adapt to change and keep learning throughout their lives.


The UPC, a Catalan public university that is both territorially embedded and an international benchmark, serves society, works for inclusion and instils a strong sense of duty, ethical values, intellectual rigour and a commitment to building a sustainable and fair world; it promotes the most appropriate teaching and learning methods for each educational setting and transfers and disseminates the knowledge generated through research to society. As UPC students, staff and alumni, we aspire to form a lifelong community that is alive, dynamic, egalitarian and collaborative.

Responsabilitat social

Social responsibility

The most important policies and actions carried out by the UPC in this field.

Igualtat a la UPC

Equal opportunities

The UPC promotes equality within the university community and in the society it serves.



Plans, services and resources to make the UPC a sustainable institution.


Cooperation and solidarity

Through its members, the UPC is involved in cooperation and volunteering projects.


Rector's greeting

Salutació rector
The UPC of the future is based on three main pillars. The first is our commitment to training competent professionals who can join the productive sector and promote the economic progress of Catalonia and who put people’s lives and the sustainability of the planet at the centre.

The second is excellence in research and technology transfer, together with training creative, brave and talented young people who will have to face and solve the social and environmental challenges that lie not so far ahead.

The third is our territorial embeddedness: we are the Catalan university that is spread over the largest area, and we are proud to be close to the companies and small and large cities that make up Catalonia.

Daniel Crespo Artiaga

UPC campuses and broader presence

The UPC has a wide spread presence in Catalonia, with nine campuses located in Barcelona and nearby towns: Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Adrià de Besòs, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa, and Vilanova i la Geltrú.

The campuses are accessible, well connected by public transport and equipped with the necessary facilities and services to contribute to learning, research and university life.

Discover the UPC campuses in all their extension, as well as their urban location.

The UPC in images

The UPC today

Image gallery

UPC digital memory

Photographic heritage portal

The UPC today

More figures
  • 29,812 students
  • 3,523 teaching and research staff
  • 2,074 administrative and service staff
  • 65 bachelor's degrees
  • 84 master's degrees
  • 45 doctoral programmes
  • 18 schools
  • 275  lifelong learning programmes 
  • 19 patents last year
  •  348  million euros 2023 budget
  • 72,7  million euros R&D income
  • 70,151 alumni


The UPC has created a complex network of international alliances with other universities, research institutions and companies that organise new projects and support a good number of initiatives in which the word “collaboration” is the key element. The sphere of action of these alliances without borders is an interconnected world that promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience.



Alliance of universities in 7 European countries, leaders in technology and engineering.



A network of innovation in sustainable energies of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).



The consortium brings together 12 of the best European universities in the field of Science and Technology.


Sino-Spanish Campus

A campus at Tongji University (China) composed of UPC, UPM, Tecnológico de Monterrey and the Universidad de Sevilla.