1. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
Madrid Technical University (UPM) is the oldest and largest of the Spanish Technical Universities. Although it was officially established in 1971, most of the UPM Technical Schools date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Nowadays, the UPM has more than 4.000 faculty members, around 38.000 undergraduate students, and around 8.000 graduate students. The UPM has three campuses, one in Ciudad Universitaria and the other two in the Madrid metropolitan area.
The UPM is made up of 21 Schools dealing with different areas of technology. Twelve of them are Advanced Technical Schools awarding engineering degrees of either 5 or 6 years duration, and the rest area Technical Schools which award 3 years study degrees. UPM’s Schools cover most engineering disciplines, including Aeronautical, Agronomical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronic, Forestry, Industrial, Mechanical, Mining, Naval, Nuclear, Geology, Energy and Telecommunications Engineering, as well as Architecture, Computer Science and Geodesy & Cartography. The UPM has a strong commitment to R&D and innovation, ranking first among Spanish universities in European Union R&D funding.
The UPM gives high importance to international education, having over 400 student exchanges with international universities in Europe and other parts of the world. The UPM has signed over 80 Double Degree Agreements with different foreign universities and it also has an active role in the European Union Erasmus Mundus Program. For cultural and historical reasons, the UPM has especially strong relations with Latin American universities.
2.Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM)
Since its establishment in 1848, the School of Architecture of Madrid has constantly relied upon the work, teaching and academic publications of architects of the higher profile. The unquestionable prestige of its professors has made this institution gain international recognition, as it is reflected by the growing number of foreign students who are registered in its programs. For many scholars, the School ranks among Europe’s 10 top Architectural Schools.
Presently, ETSAM has around 5.000 undergraduate students, more than 1.000 graduate students and 450 professors. The School of Architecture is organised in 8 Departments which cover all knowledge areas related to the teaching of Architecture, Building Construction and Urban Planning. ETSAM maintains 50 Double Degree Agreements with other Architectural Schools from Europe and America.
The School of Architecture is located at the Ciudad Universitaria, closed to Madrid’s bustling city centre, and it is well connected by the metro and bus system. The School enjoys a full set of modern teaching and lab facilities, an up-to-date computer centre, and a large library which contains more than 60.000 volumes.