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 500 doctoral students graduate and 3,067 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.

The UPC's values

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.


Campus UPC. 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
  • 28,669 students
  • 3,459 teaching and research staff
  • 2,061 administrative and service staff
  • 66 bachelor's degrees
  • 81 master's degrees
  • 45 doctoral programmes
  • 18 schools
  • 265  lifelong learning programmes 
  • 25 patents last year
  •  294  million euros 2021 budget
  • 55  million euros R&D income
  • 69,442 alumni

The UPC, an International Campus of Excellence

The UPC is an International Campus of Excellence with two projects: the Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC) and the Energy Campus. Through these projects, it promotes employability, social cohesion and regional economic development. It interacts with research centres, science and technology parks, businesses and other agents as a hub for attracting talent in emerging research areas. In addition, through its four UNESCO Chairs, the UPC contributes to the exchange of knowledge and fosters cooperation.


Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC)

The BKC is already the main driver of the scientific, social and business activity in the area in which it is located, and is a pole of attraction for international talent. On this campus the University of Barcelona (UB) and the UPC collaborate on innovation and sustainable development projects.


Energy Campus

Energy Campus is aimed at leading the transformation of the energy sector with clear local impact and wide international recognition. In this campus, knowledge and technology will generate innovation for a more sustainable economy, and it will become a reference in the field of governance and social responsibility.



The UPC is the headquarters of four UNESCO Chairs that, through knowledge and research, create poles of excellence and innovation at a regional and local level. Their objective is to consolidate networks and alliances that strengthen international cooperation between higher education institutions and society.


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 university campus created by the UPC and the Technical University of Madrid at Tongji University, China.