Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is a Spanish university. It is based in the capital of Spain. Ever since its founding in 1971, it has been educating students from Spain and abroad. The school is the result of the merger between various Technical Schools of Engineering and Architecture. UPM is constantly ranked among the leading technical universities worldwide- it is THE top technical university in Spain. Its programmes in Engineering are renowned and the department is consistently ranked as the leading academic institution in Spain, and among the best ones in Europe. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is part of the TIME network (which includes 50 engineering schools in Europe). UPM provides a great learning environment. The school is divided in several campuses, which are spread all over Madrid. The campuses are- the University City / Moncloa Campus, Montegancedo Campus, South Campus and Downtown Campus. The school places special emphasis on being a multinational institution. It therefore offers double degree programmes. The university has signed 87 specific double degree agreements with academic partners around the world. A double degree presents students with the opportunity to study for an international degree and opens doors to a global career. The school also has ERASMUS agreements with many European engineering school. UPM has excellent teachers. At the moment, 3,043 teaching and research staff are working at UPM. The administration and service staff consists of 2,023 people. The school offers a wide range of degree programmes at undergraduate, master’s and PhD level. Today, 35,353 undergraduate students and 2,226 master degree students are enrolled in programmes at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. UPM graduates employability is very high. Graduates usually find jobs within 6 months after graduating. Internships are a mandatory part of most of the courses, which prepare students for a successful career in their chosen fields.
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ETSIT UPM is a public faculty that bring students a lot of resources for learning (e.g. books, lab materials, etc). However, those resources are not fully explored, because we haven’t got so many practical labs or activities for taking advantage of it.
Besides this, the academical part could be reshaped, in my opinion there is a huge workload and at some point, students can’t manage to do it because of lack of time.
Apart from that, ETSIT UPM brings a lot of work opportunities to its students, because this university has a broad number of relationships with companies, offering a truly big student grants offer.
I want to mention as well that in the faculty, there are many students organisations, that helps students to explore aspects that they don’t develop in the university, which is really beneficial. This is one of the most important things for me because you can learn a lot of things based on your interests.
The polytechnic university of Madrid is one of the most prestigious in Spain in the technical field, this being one of its strengths is also, in my opinion, one of the worst things that has since that constant search for prestige makes them forget to give a quality education in which to really learn and focus more on it being a difficult race so that not everyone is capable of doing it.
The best point of this school is the student community and how open and helpful everyone is, even people that you don’t know would be very happy to explain you different subjects or help you giving you advice from their personal experience. I couldn’t finish without mentioning my favourite part, which is the student associations, they all have facilities and build very big projects, they give the students a very valuable side development that companies look for and the university responsible and professor collaborate with them as much as they can, they are such an example.
Taking into account that this university is considered in Spain the top one for anyone with an engineering background, you find it disappointing from the very first day. It would not be fair to generalize since there are exceptions to my opinion. Thanks to a couple of excellent teachers that I found that tried to provide practical and interesting classes.
First of all, it is full of plenty of many minicamps with no relation among them. This makes a bad impression of it when you start studying there. Every speciality has its own facilities and is far one from another one. Actually, is quite easy to get lost over there since the whole university does not have any convention centre or hub. No university atmosphere, only a few free-time spaces and a reduced number of activities. So, If you are looking a place to socialize or to take up activities out of the classes this uni is not for you. Also, It is worth mentioning the university is not ready yet to Erasmus or international students. What you can find so far are non-English speaking teachers and poor and improvised plans which no revelation and interest.
Secondly, all the classrooms are from the 19th century as the professors who teach there. Most of them are not there because of their academic background or achieves but because of their friendship or familiar relationship with others teachers. Also, the study methods are oldfashioned, with no relation to new technologies. In my situation, I finished my degree, prior “Technical Architect”, today called “Building Engineer” without having learned any CAD skill from any subject.
Thirdly, the studies plan does not suit the labour demands since half of the subjects are only to fulfil the academic plan and to justify the number of hours dedicated to the degree. No personal attention during the classes, where It is very likely to find up to 120 pupils for only one teacher. This makes the classes run slowly and the teacher rushes to provide the whole material.
In conclusion, If I were you I would compare the different options you can find in Madrid for the degree you have chosen, no matter If they are private or public. In the long run, the most important thing is to study with methods and technologies as close as possible to the real world you will find afterwards.
Perhaps the most famous Technical University in Spain, being drawn away probably because of the budget cuts.
The infrastructure is old and with lots of problems, the IT services are from the past century. Professors look always tired, without putting much effort in their classes or methods.
It is sad, but I would not recommend this University at all.
I would not recommend my university because they don’t prepare you for the professional life. The subjects are quite difficult and the exams are done to be failed – not to learn. They have very good Erasmus and double degree programs.
The university doesn’t provide any network to keep in contact with colleagues after university or to find a job.
Every center is a world. The UPM is composed of 22 centers that operate totally different from one another. In Spain, the best degrees in engineering at the theoretical level are taught in the UPM as a general rule. What is certain is that, depending on the degree you want to study, the center in which it is taught is different and is in different locations. The races that are in the Campus of University City have the advantage to be well communicated with other schools and a very good university atmosphere, since they share the Campus with the Complutense University. The courses offered at Campus Sur, Campus Montegancedo and Campus centro are more isolated, but they do not have a worse environment. The Campus Centro has the disadvantage that, being in the financial area, as a rule, the rent in the surroundings is usually somewhat more expensive. In my opinion, the most demanding schools are the Aerospace, the Roads and Industrial Engineering. They are also the titles that have better reputation and those that are better organized at the administrative level. The UPM encourages student associations, although they do not know fully, since in many cases, in addition to a formative function they have a playful function and do not just allow all their activities. The university has several well-equipped libraries that open during the examination period, although they are not 24h. As a general conclusion, the university is very theoretical, giving very good training although it lacks practice depending on the degree
To give class is not easy and less in the upm, it begins the quarter with multitudinal classes that ends up being almost private classes. Irrelevant subjects in careers and all very theoretical. But the upm always maintains that prestige that makes you very much quoted in the labor market. One of the best or perhaps the best option of engineering in a public university