Universitat Pompeu Fabra

1. Mission and goals

UPF is a public, international and research-intensive university that, in just twenty-five years, has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe. Awarded with a CEI label (International Excellence Campus) by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the University also figures in different international rankings:

  • International Excellence Campus (Spanish Ministry of Education, 2010)
  • Highest rate of performance in the Spanish system: 89% (2014-2015 academic year)
  • One of the twenty European universities with the most projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC, 2015)
  • Most productive university in Spain (U-ranking, by BBVA Foundation and Ivie, 2015)
  • High satisfaction rate (90%) and job placements (83%) among graduates (AQU Catalunya, 2014)

2. A specialized university

UPF structures its studies on three main fields of knowledge, closely interconnected and structured on three campuses:

  • Social sciences and humanities, Ciutadella campus
  • Health and life sciences, Mar campus
  • Communication and information technologies, Poblenou campus

Moreover, in order to promote research and transfer activities undertaken by university researchers and provide them with greater international visibility, the University is developing the UPF Research Park in the fields of social sciences, humanities, communication and information technologies. The UPF Research Park, which develops its activity at Ciutadella and Poblenou campuses, coordinates its activities in the fields of health and life sciences with the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), located on the Mar campus.

3. The UPF model

UPF is committed to offering a high-quality teaching model and outstanding research with international projection, the three axis of the UPF model.

A high-quality teaching model close to the students

UPF's teaching model is based on comprehensive education and student-centered learning.  Nowadays, the success of this model is proved by different indicators as, for example, the high demand of UPF studies, the rates of achievement among its students (89%) or the excellent rates of graduates employment  (83% of graduates and 96% of PhDs from UPF are actually employed) and satisfaction (90% of thee students would choose UPF again).

Outstanding research

These results are possible due to the high competitiveness of UPF lecturers and researchers. In that sense, the University model is primarily based on a policy of being an institution that is open to the world, incorporating prominent national and international researchers.

This commitment is reflected in excellent indicators in research, such as the volume of funds coming from Europe or indicators of scientific production. Additionally, the strategy begins to result in the form of patents and spin-offs of international impact.

International vocation

UPF international profile (52% of PhD students are form abroad) is the result of a strategy focused on establishing a policy of alliances with a network of preferred partners and the recruitment of lecturers with an international background (22%). Besides, it also promotes international mobility (incoming and outgoing), includes the use of English in several courses and it is committed to consolidate a multilingual campus with three languages -Catalan, Spanish and English- used in all spheres of university life.