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The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) was founded in 1971 through the integration of the Higher Technical Schools which up until then made up the Higher Technical Institutes. The University Schools joined the following year.

However, the origin of the institution dates back much further. Teaching in the majority of the Centres was established during the reign of Carlos the Third in the eighteenth century. During these years the Schools were practically the only ones in Spain linked to the teaching of Architecture and Engineering.

For this reason it is no exaggeration to state that a large part of the history of Spanish technology has been written by the UPM Schools of Engineering and Architecture.

As set out in its statures, the Technical University of Madrid has, among its objectives, the creation, development, transmission and criticism of science, technology, and culture. To this end it also works from its Institutes and Research Centres, assimilating the changes taking place in our society and maintaining its vocation for excellence, which is why it has both national and international recognition.

The Technical University of Madrid holds double recognition as a Campus of International Excellence, a distinction that refers to the quality of its research and teaching activity. The research activity is grouped in the UPM R+D+i Observatory where it is the information related to R+D+i reports, centres and institutes. This activity can be overall in:
  • 5 R+D+i institutes for solar energy, nuclear fusion, automobile, microgravity and optoelectronic system and microtechnology.
  • 8 R+D+i centres in transport, laser, domotics, biotechnology and plant Genomics, electronics for the industry, agricultural and environmental risks, structural material and biomedical technology.
  • Several research groups.

International practice

In 1988, as part of Its internationally oriented strategy, UPM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid set up the OTT, Oficina de Transferencia Tecnológica, as an instrument to manage international projects. Since then, the UPM has been working with various International Financial Institutions and multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Investment Bank or the European Commission among others.

Multilateral agencies, whether acting as end customers or beneficiaries, value UPMs technical rigor, innovation and versatility. Moreover, in each project our research team demonstrates its great capability to work in diverse environments and in a variety of languages (such as Spanish, English or French).

The permanent contacts with multilateral agencies and the power of the research team searching for innovation have allowed us to develop lines of work in specific emerging markets. UPM counts on the largest number of researchers in Spain and it is the leader university attracting European funds.
  • Universidad Politécnica
  • ETSI arquitectura
  • ETSI Industriales