Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain

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Organisation name & acronym: Universidad Politecnica de Maadrid (UPM), Spain
Role: Partner Institution
Website: http://www.upm.es
Address: Calle Ramiro de Maeztu, 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain
First contact person: Ignacio Menendez Pidal
First contact person (mail): ignacio.menendezpidal@upm.es

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the oldest and largest Spanish technical university, with almost 3,000 faculty members, around 35,000 undergraduate students and 6.500 postgraduates in 18 Schools of study. UPM’s Schools cover most of engineering disciplines, as well as Architecture, Computer Science and Geodesy & Cartography, and recently Fashion and Sports. Moreover, UPM as a top quality academic establishment has a strong commitment to R&D and Innovation, boasting 203 Research Units and 17 Research Centres and Institutes, contributing significantly to the international scientific community with a high number of journal papers, conference communications, and PhD theses. UPM has a long tradition of collaboration with Industry (around 50% of its R&D funding) and participation in international R&D programs. As UPM participation in FP7 is concerned, the University has taken part up to now in 242 European R&D projects with more than 64 M€ of funding, ranked first Spanish University.

UPM is a full member of the major LAC technological university associations (LACCEI, ASIBEI, HACU, Tordesillas Group, etc). UPM promoted the creation of a Network made up of European and Latin American and Caribbean Technological Institutions. This Network, called Magalhães, has smoothly been running for eleven years. Currently, around one thousand students move every year from one side to other of the Atlantic in the framework of this Network. Concerning the involvement on on-line education, UPM is member of the OCW consortium (occupying a place in the board), is very active on MOOC platforms like EdX, MiriadaX, etc. And their courses has received several awards (like the 2014 Ministry of Education Awards to the best MOOC). UPM is member of 3 of the 5 European Institute of Technology approved Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).