Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), sometimes referred to as BarcelonaTech, is an outstanding engineering school in Catalonia in Spain. The school was founded in 1971 as the Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona. It now has several campuses. Even though it is particularly known for its excellent engineering programs, the school also offers programs in other fields, such as mathematics and architecture. 30,864 students are currently enrolled in degree programs. The university has excellent teaching and research staff- 3,066 people are working on campus. The school has a wide range of degree options, 65 different bachelor’s, 73 master’s, as well as 49 doctoral programs. UPC has 21 schools and 205 research groups. Graduates are skilled with the necessary skills to become successful in their chosen fields of expertise. That’s why the alumni network is large- 54,440 registered alumni are living and working in Spain and abroad. The school places special value on internationalization- it is one of the few technical universities in Europe with the most international PhD students, in addition to being the university with the largest share of international undergraduate and master students. Polytechnic University of Catalonia offers a multicultural learning environment. The university also holds several signed agreements with top-ranked European universities, in order to make sure that its students are able to gain a truly global outlook. The school strives to be the top school that provides its students with the highest degree of engineering and technical excellence. The university is a member of the Top Industrial Managers for Europe network, proving again how serious it is about internationalization. This membership allows students to go on exchanges between leading European engineering schools. It is also part of various university federations, such as the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER), as well as UNITECH.
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My general opinion about Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is quite good. I started architecture and tried during 2 years in ETSAB (Higher School of Architecture of Barcelona) after realizing that my career as an architect wasn’t going to be a success (I was really bad with my drawings), I changed to EEBE (Engineering School in East Barcelona).
The main reason that made me choose again UPC over other universities, taking in account that I failed while trying to get a degree in architecture in this university, is because I think that the problem with architecture was me, not the education I was receiving.
In fact, I think the university is very good because it’s a demanding university, and at the same time, the teachers are very kind and reachable, most of them are willing to solve doubts outside lessons and really assist you if you’re having trouble to understand a concept or if you need more exercises to practice.
Something that it’s bad is that most subject have different exam’s calendar, so most likely you’ll have duty, exam, lab that will take place on each week, so you don’t have “relax time” during the semester.
Another problem that I find is the system to enrole to subjects. The only way to do so is by yourself, and the system has a lot of requirements on the computer, so you have to be sure the system will work before starting. This is very important because normally the spots in all subjects run out very quickly, so every minute you delay while doing the process could mean you no longer have a spot with the best teachers or best schedules.
In general, lab activities, materials and equipment could be fancier and newer, but the university has been working in the past two years to update all this and now you can start to see the effort they’re doing to do so.
To summarize, UPC is a good university, it’s well recognized by local, regional and national companies, as for international companies that operate in Spain. Most of their teachers are very good, both in research and teaching, and once you are used to their enrolment system it’s like every other technical school, you just need to study a lot to pass, but, isn’t this the purpose of university?
I’ve read someone’s opinion saying “I’ve done my bachelor in Industrial Engineering at ETSEIB and I considered that it is a university with a good reputation based on its difficulty more than its quality” and I couldn’t agree more. There are good teachers and “less good” teachers everywhere, but what happens at the UPC, at least in ETSEIB, is that there is the feeling that there is competition between departments to see which subject has the highest percentage of failed students. How can it be possible that there are exams that are practically impossible to pass and that the university does nothing about it? How can it be that they don’t even consider that if a test isn’t passed by a single student, that maybe the problem isn’t the students? Moreover, there are very few subjects in English and although there are uncountable tests and exams, there are very few presentations and projects that could be useful in our formation and future professional careers.
I’ve done my bachelor in Industrial Engineering at ETSEIB and I considered that it is a university with good reputation based on its difficulty more than its quality. During these years, some professors have shown a lack of interest in teaching, even though it is true that the coordinators of every subject are usually good at teaching. The good point of the university is that in the end, after dealing with difficult exams, they shape your way of thinking and you become a great problem solver.
The truth I am a little disappointed by the little interest and the little seriousness that some tutors have, of course there is a lot of quality in others and I am really satisfied with that, but I am also disappointed by the little commitment that others have, The facilities are a bit old but that is another issue.
The university is very good. First two years give you a very hard base to improve and be competitive in 3rd and 4th year. Professors are intelligents and they know how to learn, that is a very important aptitude for a professor. I’m learling a lot of things which most of people know but they can’t explain with exactitute.
My experience at the UPC in Terrassa is highly satisfactory. I finished the studies of specialist technician in automation of electrical-electronic equipment and then I went to the UPC to study an electrical engineering. I think the atmosphere is very good, the magnificent teachers and the facilities have the most advanced tools to develop your activity here satisfactorily. In addition there are agreements of practices of companies with the university where the students can be formed and take part in the world of the work, since many companies look for there the workers that they need.
Very good teachers and fantastic partners. My experience is very satisfactory, that if you have to study hard and be very applied to complete your studies successfully.
Universidad físicamente muy accesible, con instalaciones y material sobresalientes. El ambiente es estupendo, y está dotado de una biblioteca y un polideportivo entre otros. La mayoría de profesores se muestran colaborativos y son excelentes, aunque siempre hay excepciones. El nivel de exigencia es bastante alto, pero si te esfuerzas lo suficiente, puedes aprobar todo sin problemas. Como puntos negativos están por un lado el precio, y por el otro cierta desorganización administrativa. A pesar de esto, la recomiendo sin dudarlo.
The tutoring in the research process is very good.
This Phd belongs to the Institute of Sustainability. I think it is important that the institute has funded projects for research that help the doctoral student in his production.
Greater exchange of research production should be promoted between the master’s degree and the Sustainability Phd.
It is necessary to promote stays and research partnerships with other Sustainability Institutes in Europe and the world.
More workshop-type events and workshops on Sustainability issues should be promoted.
The university gives you room facilities for PhD students.
As a student living in Barcelona, it is difficult to get a department at a fair price according to the student budget.
The renewal processes for a foreign student card are delayed up to two months by the mobility office of the university itself. A madness because you can not move in Europe at that time