Pompeu Fabra University is a university in Barcelona
, Catalonia, Spain
. In 2010 was awarded the distinction of International Campus of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education and it is widely considered to be one of the best universities in Spain (e.g. is the only Spanish university in the top 200 according to 2011 Times Higher Education Ranking) and was ranked 1st in scientific productivity in Spain in 2010. Founded in 1990, it is named after the Catalan philologist Pompeu Fabra.
The UPF is located in three separate campuses, each associated to its own area of knowledge:
- Social Sciences and Humanities (Ciutadella Campus);
- Sciences and information technologies and communication (Communication Campus - Poblenou)
- Biomedical sciences (Mar Campus).
Teaching is organized in seven faculties or schools (Humanities, Health and Life Sciences, Economics, Political and Social Sciences, Communication, Law, Translation and Interpretation), one polytechnic school. Research is organized in eight departments (Economics and Business, Law, Political and Social Sciences, Humanities, Experimental Sciences and Health, Information Technologies and Communication, Communication, Translation, Language Sciences) and three university research institutes (University Institute of Culture, University Institute for Applied Linguistics).
The University also has four affiliated centers (International Trade Business School -ESCI-, Elisava School of Design, University School of Business Studies of the Maresme -EUM-), Mar University School of Nursing -EUIM-, as well as its own Continuing Education Institute (IDEC) complementing its range of educational facilities.
Teaching and EHEA :
From the outset, Pompeu Fabra University has understood the new European Area as a big opportunity to restructure the education it offers. The University’s commitment to this model has gone beyond simply updating its syllabuses; it has placed the student at the very centre of its undergraduate, master’s and doctorate teaching model.
Research at UPF :
With a view to promoting research and giving it greater international visibility, the UPF has decided on a strategy involving the creation of three science parks in its specific knowledge areas:
- The UPF Social Sciences and Humanities Research Park (Social sciences and humanities);
- The Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) (Biomedicine); and
- The Barcelona Media Park (PBM) (Information and communication sciences and technologies)
The University articulates this high-level research through eight departments and four university research already mentioned. Parallel, and gradually, the UPF has also been participating in a set of institutions and centers specializing in teaching, research and transfer that have legal personality and which comprise the UPF Group.