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Technical University of Madrid
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Logo of the Technical University of Madrid
Motto Technica impendi nationi
(Latin for "Technology impulses nations")
Established 1971
Type Public
Rector Javier Uceda Antolín
Students 35,833
Location Madrid
Campus Both urban and rural
Website UPM.PNG

The Technical University of Madrid (Spanish: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM) is a Spanish university, located in Madrid. It was founded in 1971 as the result of merging different Technical Schools of Engineering and Architecture, originated mainly in the 18th century [1]. Over 35,000 students attend classes during the year.

It is part of the TIME network, which groups fifty engineering schools throughout Europe.



In Spain there are two levels of technical studies. For engineering studies there is a 3-year degree called Ingeniero Técnico (Technical Engineer) and a 5 or 6-year degree called Ingeniero (Engineer). In the case of architecture studies there is a 4-year degree called Arquitecto Técnico (Technical Architect) and a 5 or 6-year degree called Arquitecto (Architect). Those degrees are currently disappearing (in some of the schools) due to the Bologna process and the new structure, at least for engineering studies, will most likely feature 4-year degrees with master's degrees on top. The current situation of 5 or 6-year undergraduate degrees follows the formerly widespread tradition of technical universities in Continental Europe, that awarded their students an Engineer's degree, being that degree comparable to a master's degree.

Some of the degrees still or partially offered at the UPM are:

  • Aerospace Engineering (Ingeniería Aeronáutica)
  • Agriculture Engineering (Ingeniería Agronómica)
  • Architecture (Arquitectura)
  • Chemical Engineering (Ingeniería Química)
  • Computer Science, Software Engineering, Hardware Engineering and Information Systems (Ingeniería en Informática)
  • Civil Engineering (Ingeniería de Caminos, Canales y Puertos)
  • Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications Engineering (Ingeniero de Telecomunicación)
  • Geology Engineering (Ingeniero Geólogo)
  • Industrial and Electrical Engineering (Ingeniería Industrial)
  • Forest Engineering (Ingeniería de Montes)
  • Mine Engineering (Ingeniería de Minas)
  • Naval Engineering (Ingeniería Naval)


UPM's Schools are spread all over Madrid, instead of being placed in a unified campus. They are:

  • University City (Ciudad Universitaria) or Moncloa Campus
  • Montegancedo Campus
  • South Campus (Vallecas's Politechnical Complex)
  • Downtown Campus (Schools inside Madrid's historical center)


Notable alumni

Pedro Duque

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See also

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