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Positioning in the main rankings  


The Universitat Politècnica de València has established itself at an outstanding position in the main national and international rankings and evaluations.


The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), considered the most prestigious university indicator in the world due to the objectivity of its methodology -based on the number of winners of the Nobel Prize; winners of the Fields Medal; cited researchers; articles published in the scientific journals Science and Nature, the impact of academic work or the size of the university institution- and carried out by the Jiao Tong University of Shanghai, positions the UPV as the best polytechnic university in Spain.


The Universitat Politècnica de València is recognized in the ARWU in the disciplines of Food Science and Technology and Instrumental Science and Technology. Also in Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Chemistry; Business Administration and Management and Materials Science and Engineering.


The UPV also ranks among the 400 best universities worldwide, according to the QS World University Ranking Business reputation. The ratio of lecturers per student and percentage of international faculty or students are some of the criteria assessed by this classification, prepared by the firm Quacquarelli Symonds.


At the national level, the U-Ranking on the Spanish University System stands out. This report, prepared by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (IVIE), analyzes the total number of higher education institutions, both public and private. In which the Universitat Politècnica de València stands out as one of the Spanish universities with the highest performance in teaching, research, innovation and technological development.



Graduates and faculty of the Universitat Politècnica de València  


Graduates and faculty of the Universitat Politècnica de València have been subject to a relevant recognition, both by other academic institutions or by scientific communities and society. Some of the most notable individuals who develop their work at the UPV are:


  • Avelino Corma, King Jaume I Prize for New Technologies 2000 and Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research 2014.
  • José María Benlloch, King Jaume I Prize for New Technologies 2008 and National Research Award 2014.
  • José Duato, Julio Rey Pasto National Research Prize 2009 and King Jaume I Prize for New Technologies 2006.
  • José Capmany, King Jaume I Prize for New Technologies 2012.
  • Hermenegildo García, King Jaume I Prize for New Technologies 2016.

International accreditations  


One of the main commitments of the Universitat Politècnica de València is providing quality in education. Hence its constant effort to accredit its degrees, both for undergraduate and master's degrees, by international agencies. This desire has turned the UPV into the Spanish university with the highest number of accreditations, and the only one that has three global quality labels: EUR-ACE, EuroINF y ABET.


These awards imply that the studies taught by the Universitat Politècnica de València fully comply with the demands of the profession and guarantee that graduates possess the knowledge and skills as establish by international standards. In addition, they are included in the student's degree and open the doors to the academic world and the labour market since they are widely accepted by both employers and authorities.



New educational platforms  


The commitment to methodology has entailed a further step in teaching innovation. In this sense, the Universitat Politècnica de València has consolidated and expanded the training offer of its own degrees and specific courses with a catalogue that completes the official offer. This enables students to improve and complete their academic and professional profile, an effort that has made the UPV, within campus-based universities, a leader in the development of non-campus-based training activities through the different online teaching tools and on demand.


In recent years, several undergraduate and master's degrees from the Universitat Politècnica de València have opted for the inverse class model, which is based on modifying the traditional structure of the lectures allowing interaction with students and task exchange. Therefore, those tasks that were traditionally left as work outside the classroom for students, are now carried out jointly in the classroom with lecturer supervision. This implies that the student must devote time to assimilate theoretical contents, which traditionally comprised a large part of the master classes. This theoretical material is provided by the lecturer in digital format, while the responsibility for working on it rests with the student.


Likewise, the Universitat Politècnica de València has Polimedia, un a service that allows to create multimedia content to support classroom teaching or online video notes, high-definition multimedia recordings of the lectures that students can access through PoliformaT, the online training platform of the Universitat Politècnica de València.


It should also be noted that the Universitat Politècnica de València has become one of the reference universities in the field of MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses). These types of massive online and open courses are designed to help students learn, from anywhere and at any time. This phenomenon has become a global movement, and the best universities around world have joined in; among them, the UPV, included in the main international edX platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


With regard to its lifelong training offer, with over 1,400 courses per year, the Universitat Politècnica de València ranks among the first universities. The percentage of courses offered and that of students have increased. Its wide range of own and specific degrees allows to meet the demand for a student profile, mostly external to the Universitat Politècnica de València, which seeks to improve its academic and professional training.




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