The Polytechnic University of Catalonia, sometimes referred to as BarcelonaTech, is the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain
-albeit encompassing other disciplines such as Mathematics and Architecture. The objectives of the UPC are based on internationalization, as it is Spain's technical university with the highest number of international PhD students and Spain's university with the highest number of international master's degree students.
Tech is a university aiming at achieving the highest degree of engineering/technical excellence and has bilateral agreements with several top-ranked European universities.The Polytechnic University of Catalonia is a member of the Top Industrial Managers for Europe
network, which allows for student exchanges between leading European engineering schools.
As of 2011, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia is ranked 87th in the World
(and ranked 1st in Spain) in the field of Engineering/Technology according to Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.The university was founded in March 1971 and was originally known as the Universitat
Politècnica de Barcelona. As of 2007 it has 25 schools in Catalonia located in the cities of Barcelona, Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa, Igualada, Vilanova i la Geltrú and Mataró.